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Election Through Litigation - Event Audio/Video

Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group

October 10, 2008

Adam Bonin, James Bopp Jr., John Fund, Erik S. Jaffe

2008 Election Law Conference

The following audio and video were recorded on October 7, 2008.

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?

Election Through Litigation 10-7-08
Running Time: 01:21:24
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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

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