Yurij serves as Counsel with the Democracy Program, focusing on redistricting issues. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Yurij was an attorney at Columbia Legal Services in Seattle, where his practice focused on civil rights and economic justice impact litigation and policy advocacy. Specifically, his work took on issues of homelessness, voting rights, debtor’s rights, and access to housing. Before Columbia Legal Services, Yurij served as a law clerk to the Honorable Salvador Mendoza Jr., United States district judge for the Eastern District of Washington, and the Honorable Steven Gonzalez, justice on the Washington Supreme Court. Yurij has also taught constitutional law at the University of Washington-Tacoma as adjunct faculty.
Yurij earned his JD from the University of Washington School of Law, where he was a William H. Gates Public Interest Law Scholarship recipient. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Slavic Literature from Yale College.