Douglas M. Chapin
Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., Princeton; M.P.A., Harvard; J.D., Georgetown
B.A., Princeton; M.P.A, Harvard; J.D., Georgetown. Professor Chapin, Director of the Pew Center on the States' election initiatives, has worked on both the legal and...Continue Reading
B.A., Princeton; M.P.A, Harvard; J.D., Georgetown. Professor Chapin, Director of the Pew Center on the States' election initiatives, has worked on both the legal and policy aspects of election issues for more than fifteen years. Professor Chapin's campaign experience, as well as his experience at the Federal Election Commission and Election Data Services, Inc., equipped him with a background in election issues including redistricting, election administration, the census, and campaign finance. Before becoming electionline.org's first Director, he worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, counseling clients on compliance with federal, state, and local laws regulating campaign finance, lobbying, gifts to public officials, and conflicts of interest. From 1997 to 2000, he served as elections counsel to the Democrats on the U.S. Senate Rules Committee, where he worked on election issues within the Committee's jurisdiction, including the disputed 1996 Senate election in Louisiana. At Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky LLP, Professor Chapin established the firm's disclosure program under the Lobbying Disclosure Act and litigated redistricting cases in state and federal court. Professor Chapin received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelors in Politics from Princeton University. He is active as a volunteer in his hometown of Vienna, Virginia.