2008 Election Law Conference

Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group

Ballot boxThe election season is upon us, but many experts disagree on important legal questions that might decide races.  What are the most important campaign finance requirements and restrictions?  Who is eligible to vote, and who should decide who is eligible?  What should be and what will be the role of the courts be in deciding election day questions, and post election day contests and protests?

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
The Scope of the Franchise, 2008     

  • Mr. David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D., Center for Data Analysis, The Heritage Foundation
  • Mr. Douglas Kellner, New York State Board of Elections
  • Hon. Hans A. von Spakovsky, former member of the Federal Election Commission and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Ms. Wendy R. Weiser, Brennan Center for Justice
  • Moderator: Prof. Allison Hayward, George Mason University School of Law

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Election Finance and 527s     

  • Mr. Joseph M. Birkenstock,  Caplin Drysdale
  • Mr. James Bopp, Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom
  • Hon. Bradley A. Smith, Capital University Law School and former member of the Federal Election Commission
  • Mr. Scott E. Thomas, Dickstein Shapiro
  • Moderator: Mr. Reid Alan Cox, Center for Competitive Politics

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

Wiley Rein
Washington, DC
October 7, 2008

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