This week there will be two events in Washington, D.C. concerning elections and the First Amendment. One is on the Williams-Yule judicial elections case, and the other is on the Citizens United case.
Speaking of Citizens United, my FAN post for this Wednesday will be devoted to the case, this on the occasion of its fifth anniversary. Among other things, the post will contain comments on the case from noted First Amendment scholars and lawyers.
Heritage to host event on judicial campaign solicitation case
Tomorrow the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. will host an event titled “Judicial Elections and the First Amendment — Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar.” (The Williams-Yulee case will be argued tomorrow.)
The event will feature:
- James Bopp, Jr. (General Counsel, The James Madison Center for Free Speech)
- Robert Corn-Revere (Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine), and
- Justice Randall T. Shepard (Former Chief Justice, Indiana Supreme Court)
Hans A. von Spakovsky, a Senior Legal Fellow at Heritage, will host and moderate the event.
Here is a description of the upcoming event:
On January 20, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in Lanell Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar. At issue is whether a ban on solicitation of campaign donations by judicial candidates in state elections in Florida violates the First Amendment rights of the candidates. Does Florida have a compelling interest in imposing such a ban to preserve the appearance of impartiality of its judges? Is it necessary to ensure judicial independence and maintain public confidence in the judicial system? Does this ban on solicitation violate the First Amendment rights of candidates to engage in political speech and political activity? Does the soliciting of campaign donations involve core political speech? In a post-argument briefing, two First Amendment experts who filed amicus briefs in the case, along with the former Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, will discuss these issues as well as the oral arguments conducted that morning before the Supreme Court. Moderating the panel will be a former FEC commissioner.
→ For more information, go here.
Event: Citizens United v. FEC after Five Years
Location: Cato Institute
9:00 AM: The Story Behind the Lawsuit
- Michael Boos, General Counsel, Citizens United Interviewer: TBA
9:20 AM: The Impact on Parties in the age of Citizens United: Are changes needed?
- Joel Gora, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
- Neil Reiff, Founding partner, Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C.
- Peter J. Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
10:20 AM: Should liberals support Citizens United?
Interviewer: Stuart Taylor, Jr., Author, freelance writer and a Brookings Institution nonresident senior fellow
- Ira Glasser, former Executive Director, ACLU
- Gabe Rottman, legislative counsel, ACLU
- Wendy Kaminer, Author, lawyer, social critic and contributing editor of The Atlantic
11:20 AM: Beyond Citizens United: the future of campaign finance jurisprudence
- Bobby R. Burchfield, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
- Richard H. Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law
- Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Founder, Center for Competitive Politics, Judge John T. Copenhaver Visiting Endowed Chair of Law at the West Virginia University, former FEC Chairman Interviewer:
- Matea Gold, The Washington Post