Ms. Budnitz was the Right to Vote fellow in the Democracy Program, focusing on federal and state efforts to restore voting rights to persons with criminal convictions. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, she worked for Judge Erkki Kourula in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In the preceding year, she clerked for the Honorable Joan M. Azrack, Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York. She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2006, where she was an Edward V. Sparer fellow and interned with the ACLU and Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, and participated in the Capital Defender/Habeas Corpus Clinic. Her note focusing on constitutional challenges to prison abortion policies was published in the Brooklyn Law Review in 2006. She received her B.A. with honors in Women's Studies and Ethnic Studies from the University of Michigan.