Election Law in a Presidential Year

The Birmingham Lawyers Chapter
Start : Thursday, February 09, 2012 12:00 PM
End : Thursday, February 09, 2012 01:30 PM

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The Summit Club
1901 Sixth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL

Featured Speakers:
Hans A. von Spakovsky



  • Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

As senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Hans von Spakovsky examines how civil justice is administered in state and federal courts. Among other responsibilities, von Spakovsky researches and writes about aspects of election law such as campaign finance, voter fraud and voter identification as well as registration and equipment issues. Before joining Heritage in 2008, he served two years as a member of the Federal Election Commission, the authority charged with enforcing campaign finance laws for congressional and presidential elections, including public funding. Previously, von Spakovsky worked at the Justice Department as counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights, and as a litigator, in house counsel and senior corporate officer in the insurance industry. A 1984 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law, von Spakovsky received a bachelor's degree in 1981 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Backround: The U.S. has the most decentralized election system of any western democracy, with a plethora of complex state and federal laws that apply to the voting and election process. Election litigation has increased exponentially since the 2000 presidential election. There is also a great deal of debate right now about a series of measures taken by various state legislatures to improve the security and integrity of their elections, including voter ID and proof of citizenship for newly registered voters. I will discuss all of these issues and what we can look forward to in the 2012 election.

Registration details:

Cost: $15 for lunch. Please pay at the door and make checks payable to “The Federalist Society."

RSVP by Monday, February 6, 2012 to Carolyn Adkins at or (205) 521‐8687.

This course has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of Alabama for 1 hour credit.