Tell us about your biggest win or wins this year.
RBGG represents an association of blind and low-vision persons and two blind individuals in an action challenging the state and San Mateo County’s failure to provide voters with vision impairments the opportunity to equally participate in the county’s vote-by-mail program, which relied on inaccessible paper ballots. Plaintiffs sought to vote using software allowing them to read and mark their vote-by-mail ballots privately and independently using screen access software on their personal computers, which is already in place in a number of other states. The discriminatory effect was especially pronounced in San Mateo County, which in 2015 began taking steps to dramatically reduce in-person polling sites in an effort to further expand absentee voting.
What’s the biggest lesson you learned practicing law?
Taking risks on behalf of compelling clients with compelling stories pays off. Even in the face of longstanding precedent or entrenched bureaucracy, facts that demonstrate injustice can and will prevail with the right lawyering.
Share an interesting fact about your firm that few know.
Our greatest strength lies in persistent and careful monitoring of injunctive relief. We will not leave a case until the defendant is in compliance. We are currently monitoring complex orders and plans in cases dating back 24 to 28 years.
Answers submitted by Gay C. Grunfeld, managing partner.