On October 7, 2008, the Federalist Society presented the 2008 Election Law Conference. In recent years, the courts (both federal and state) have become increasingly involved in elections. Before Election Day, courts are involved in determining whether and how candidates and initiatives qualify for inclusion on the ballot. On Election Day, courts decide whether voting problems or irregularities require that polling places be kept open beyond the hours originally intended. After Election Day, courts are involved in election contests and protests. Is the ubiquitous involvement of the judiciary in the election process nothing more than a reflection of the litigiousness of our society? Is it a healthy or unwelcome development with possible separation of powers implications? If unwelcome, is there any way to “put the genie back in the bottle,” or to limit the involvement of the judiciary?
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Election Through Litigation
- Mr. Adam Bonin, Cozen O’Connor
- Mr. James Bopp, Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom
- Mr. John Fund, The Wall Street Journal
- Moderator: Mr. Erik S. Jaffe, Law Offices of Erik S. Jaffe