Groups Hosting Briefing on Judicial Campaign Contributions Case

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The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, in partnership with the Brennan Center for Justice and Justice at Stake, on Thursday will host a panel discussion at the National Press Club where a diverse group of experts will offer their insights on Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case Jan. 20, which concerns the balance between the right to free speech and the compelling state interest in preserving public confidence in the courts. This case could determine whether candidates for judicial office possess a constitutional right to directly solicit campaign contributions from potential donors.

  • Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy will provide the introduction to the discussion.
  • Andrew Cohen, contributing editor at The Atlantic, legal analyst for 60 Minutes and CBS Radio News, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, and commentary editor at The Marshall Project will moderate.
  • Matthew Menendez, counsel of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, Scott Greytak, policy counsel and research analyst at Justice at Stake, Tracey George, professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University and participant in an amicus brief by empirical scholars, and Ed Whelan, president, Ethics and Public Policy Center and blogger for the National Review Online’s Bench Memos, will join the panel.

WHAT: Discussion on Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar

WHEN: 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8

WHERE: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

By way of background, two non-profit groups that advocate for election reform recently filed amicus briefs in the case, which regards the constitutionality of a Florida law that bans state judges from soliciting campaign contributions. The groups, Democracy 21 and Public Citizen, support the ban.

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