William & Mary
Rebecca Green

Rebecca Green

Professor of the Practice of Law, Co-Director of the Election Law Program, and Assistant Director of CLCT
Degrees: J.D., Harvard Law School; M.A., Harvard University; B.A., Connecticut College
Email: [[rgreen]]
Office phone: (757) 221-3851
Office location: Room 254E
Teaching Interests

Election Law; Legislative Redistricting & GIS; Privacy Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution

Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Rebecca Green is Professor of the Practice of Law. Professor Green co-directs the Election Law Program, a joint project of the Law School and the National Center for State Courts. In that role, Green oversees its annual symposia and speaker series and undertakes a series of projects designed to educate judges about election law topics, including producing a webinar series for judges in advance of the 2020 election and a set of Election War Games offered at state judicial conferences in Virginia, Colorado, and Wisconsin. Green oversees the State Election Law eBenchbook project, a pilot project to annotate state election codes. In 2013, Green co-founded Revive My Vote with a student to assist Virginians with prior felony convictions regain the right to vote. Green has supervised students on a variety of projects for groups like the ABA Standing Committee on Election Law, the League of Women Voters, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, and Protect Democracy. Professor Green serves as the faculty advisor to the student-run State of Elections blog. In the years leading up to and during the 2020 election, Professor Green served as a member of the National Task Force on Election Crises. Also prior to the 2020 election, Green helped students co-found the Alliance of Students at the Polls (ASAP), a group mobilizing a national network oflaw students to work towards greater participation and public confidence in U.S. elections. Professor Green is regularly quoted in national media including the New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Politico, and others, and has provided commentary on voting and elections on C-SPAN, the BBC, and elsewhere.

Green's research interests focus on the intersection of privacy law and elections, most recently on the topic of election observation, election surveillance, and redistricting transparency. She has also explored the use of alternative dispute resolution in election processes.

Prior to law school, Professor Green earned a master's degree in Chinese legal history from Harvard University and assisted with U.S.-China trade negotiations at the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, DC during the Clinton Administration.

The class of 2016 selected Professor Green to receive the Walter Williams Jr. Memorial Teaching Award awarded annually to one professor by the graduating class.

Scholarly Publications
Articles and Book Chapters
  • Partisanship and Transparency in U.S. Election Administration (forthcoming 2023) in (The Oxford Handbook of American Election Law) (Eugene Mazo ed.).
  • Election Surveillance, 57 Wake Forest L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2022). SSRN.
  • Election Observation Post-2020, 90 Fordham L. Rev. 267 (2021). SSRN.
  • Redistricting Transparency & Litigation, 71 Syracuse L. Rev. 1121 (2021). SSRN.
  • Candidate Privacy, 95 Wash. L. Rev. 205 (2020). SSRN.
  • How Many Votes is Too Few?, 81 Ohio St. L.J Online 209 (2020).
  • Liquidating Elector Discretion, 15 Harv. L. & Pol’y Rev. 53 (2020). SSRN.
  • Digitized Election Administration: Perils and Promises, in (America Votes! Challenges to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights) (with Margaret Hu, Duke Law School) (4th ed. 2020) (with Margaret Hu).).
  • Counterfeit Campaign Speech, 70 Hastings L.J. 103 (2019). SSRN.
  • Redistricting Transparency, 59 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1787 (2018). Online.
  • The Surveillance Gap: The Harms of Extreme Privacy and Data Marginalization, 42 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 253 (2018). SSRN.
  • Arbitrating Ballot Battles?, 103 Ky. L.J. 699 (2016). SSRN.
  • Rethinking Transparency in U.S. Elections, 75 Ohio St. L.J. 779 (2014). SSRN.
  • Petitions, Privacy, and Political Obscurity, 85 Temp. L. Rev. 357 (2013). SSRN.
  • Mediation and Post-Election Litigation: A Way Forward, 27 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 325 (2012). SSRN.
  • Privacy and Domestic Violence in Court, 16 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 237 (2010). SSRN.
  • Impractically Obscure: Privacy and Courtroom Proceedings in Light of Webcasting and Other New Technologies, 41 World Jurist 10 (2008) (with Fredric Lederer).
  • Sequencing, Acoustic Separation, and 3-D Negotiation of Complex Barriers: Charlene Barshefsky and I.P. Rights in China, 8 Int'l Neg. J. Theory & Prac. 2 (2003) (with James K. Sebenius).
  • Recent Development in the Law of Access, Oct. Comm. L. 7 (2002) (with J. Steinfield, E. Burton & S. Svonkin).

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