Schedule Announced for Safeguarding Democracy Project March 17 Conference, “Can American Democracy Survive the 2024 Elections?” (Register by Mar. 6 if Coming in Person)

On behalf of the Safeguarding Democracy Project, I’m thrilled to announce the conference schedule for the March 17 event at UCLA Law, “Can American Democracy Survive the 2024 Elections?” If you would like to attend in person, you must register by March 6. You have longer to register if you want to watch online. (The event will also be recorded for future posting.)

Here’s the schedule:



The role of media, law, political norms, and technology in assuring free and fair elections and public acceptance of election results in the United States

Friday, March 17, 2023, UCLA, Covel Commons

Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA LAW

Generously supported by the Democracy Fund, the William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Knight Foundation

Tentative Conference Schedule

(Note: Institutional affiliations are for identification purposes only)

8:30 am – 9:00 am      Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 am – 9:15 am      Welcome and Introduction

Russell Korobkin, Interim Dean and Richard C. Maxwell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law

Richard L. Hasen, Professor of Law and Political Science, UCLA School of Law

9:15 am – 10:15 am     Panel 1: Election threats: inside and outside


John Fortier, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute


Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State, Michigan

Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County, CA (Retired)

Stephen Richer, Recorder, Maricopa County, Arizona

10:15 am – 11:15 am   Panel 2: The role of media and social media


Nathaniel Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law, Stanford Law  School


Renée DiResta, Technical Research Manager, Stanford Internet  Observatory

Pam Fessler, Editor and Correspondent, NPR News (Retired)

Jack Lerner, Clinical Professor, UC Irvine School of Law

David Kaye, Clinical Professor, UC Irvine School of Law

Brendan Nyhan, James O. Freedman Presidential Professor, Department of Government, Dartmouth College

11:15 am – 11:30 am   Break

11:30 am -12:30 pm   Panel 3: The role of tech


Elizabeth Howard, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice


Andrew Appel, Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science, Princeton  University

Matt Masterson, Director of Information Integrity, Microsoft

Alex Stamos, Director, Stanford Internet Observatory

Kim Wyman, Senior Election Security Advisor for the Cybersecurity and  Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm    Lunch and Lunchtime Conversation

Election Denialism and the Future of the Republican Party

 Sarah Longwell, President and CEO, Longwell Partners, and Publisher,  The Bulwark, in conversation with Richard L. Hasen

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm      Panel 4: The role of politics and norms


Bruce Cain, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Bill Lane                                            Center for the American West, Stanford University


Julia Azari, Professor of Political Science, Marquette University

Larry Diamond, William L. Clayton Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Mosbacher mSenior Fellow in Global Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Stanford University

Norman Ornstein, Senior Fellow Emeritus, American Enterprise Institute

Charles Stewart III, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political  Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael Tesler, Professor of Political Science, UC Irvine

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm      Panel 5: The role of election law


Edward B. Foley, Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold  Chair in Constitutional Law; Director, Election Law, Ohio State University


Michael Morley, Sheila M. McDevitt Professor, Florida State University  College of Law

Richard H. Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU  School of Law

Bertrall Ross, Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law; Director, Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, University of Virginia  School of Law

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Brennan Center fellow and Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm       Break

3:45 pm -4:45 pm       Panel 6: The role of practicing lawyers


Emily Rong Zhang, Assistant Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law


Bob Bauer, Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence; Co-Director of the Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic, NYU School of Law

Ben Ginsberg, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution and  Lecturer, Stanford Law School

Janai Nelson, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund            

Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

4:45 pm -5:00 pm       Concluding remarks

Richard L. Hasen, Professor of Law and Political Science, UCLA School of  Law

5:00 pm                       Reception

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