Kahlil Williams is a candidate for City Commissioner, the office responsible for administering elections in Philadelphia. As an attorney, Kahlil has spent thousands of hours promoting voting rights and fair elections, and, in 2016, recruited, trained, and oversaw more than 400 legal volunteers as part of Election Protection, the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection program. His other recent pro bono efforts include representing the receivership for Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia and advising the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights on developing legal issues.
Prior to attending law school, Kahlil worked as a Policy Analyst for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, focusing on redistricting reform, campaign finance reform, and felon disenfranchisement. Before joining the Brennan Center, Kahlil served as a Fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and was staffed at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where he worked to reauthorize expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Kahlil is a graduate of Penn State (B.A.), the University of Pennsylvania (M.A.) and Columbia Law School (J.D.), where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, an editor of the Columbia Law Review, and a member of the Black Law Students Association. At Penn, Kahlil was a Ph.D student in Political Science, where he concentrated on minority voting rights and redistricting, and received the SAS Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Kahlil and his wife live with their newborn daughter in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia.