Tori is an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where she focuses primarily on voting rights matters. In 2020, Tori served as council in Harding v. Edwards, a successful federal challenge to expand critical early voting and absentee-by-mail opportunities to high-risk voters in Louisiana during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tori also serves as council in Christian Ministerial Alliance et al v. Hutchinson et al, a federal challenge under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, claiming that Arkansas’ methods of electing appellate judges discriminate against Black Arkansans and deny Black voters the opportunity to elect their candidate of choice.
In addition to litigating voting rights cases, Tori coordinates a team of attorneys and trainers engaging in year-round voter education efforts and proactive election administration advocacy work through the Thurgood Marshall Institute’s Prepared to Vote and Voting Rights Defender programs. In this capacity, Tori convenes a coalition of national and local advocacy organizations advancing positive voting rights strategies in the State of Louisiana.
Tori is a member of the New York Bar and 2019 graduate of New York University School of Law. She graduated from Harvard University with a joint degree in African American Studies and Government in 2014. Between law school and graduate school, Tori served as a communications associate at Advancement Project’s National Office in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in voting rights and police accountability efforts.