Monica Youn

Former Brennan Center Constitutional Fellow

Monica Youn is the former inaugural Brennan Center Constitutional Fellow at NYU School of Law, where she focused on election law and First Amendment issues. Prior to the fellowship, she directed the Brennan Center’s Money in Politics program. Before joining the Brennan Center, she was in private practice, and also served as law clerk to Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Youn received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, her M. Phil from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and her B.A. from Princeton University. She is the editor of Money, Politics, and the Constitution: Beyond Citizens United, a book of essays by leading constitutional scholars and she has published  law review articles on election law issues. She has litigated election law cases in federal courts across the nation and has testified before Congress on multiple occasions. Her political commentary has been published in Roll Call, Slate, and The L.A. Times, among other publications, and she has appeared on MSNBC's Hardball, PBS NewsHour, Democracy Now! and Bill Moyers Journal.  Her work at the Brennan Center has been recognized by the New Leaders Council, which named her one of their "40 Under 40" nationwide leaders for 2010 and by Common Cause, which awarded her the John Gardner Award for Extraordinary Leadership.


Selected Media Appearances

Discusses the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling on PBS' NewsHour:


Discusses the Brennan Center report on Sotomayor's judicial history on MSNBC's Hardball



Discusses Sotomayor's judicial record and the Center's sweeping report on Democracy Now!. Watch here. (07/15/2009)

Debates the CT's citizen's election program on Connecticut Public Radio. Listen here.

Discusses Citizens United v. FEC and McCain/Feingold on Southern California Public Radio. Listen here

Quoted in "Election Spending: Reformers On Flood Watch", National Law Journal (11/07/09)

Commentary & Analysis

"Giving corporations an outsized voice in elections", L.A. Times (01/10/10)

"Sue 'Em Back to the Stone Age: The RNC Files Suit to Reverse the Small Donor Revolution", Huffington Post (09/02/09)

"The Invitation You Can't Refuse", Slate (05/04/09)

"Fair Elections: Ending the Earmark Game", Roll Call (05/07/09)