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“Law and Democracy: A Symposium on Political Law”
November 16, 2012

This year’s annual George Washington University Law Review symposium took a look at the laws that govern our democratic process soon after the 2012 elections. The symposium was organized by the George Washington University Law Review, GW Political Law Studies Initiative, and Director and Professor Spencer Overton.


Opening Remarks and Ken Goldstein (President, Campaign Media Analysis Group, Kantar Media) presentation on releasing media spending data by presidential campaigns, super PACs, and other entities in the 2012 election cycle (37:13)

Primary Issues of 2012 Election:  Bob Bauer (General Counsel, Obama for America); Sean Cairncross (Chief Counsel, Nat’l Republican Senatorial Committee); Ken Goldstein (Kantar Media); Prof. Rick Hasen (UC Irvine, ElectionLawBlog); Prof. William Marshall (UNC); Myrna Pérez (Brennan Center) (72:44)

Campaign Finance in 2012 Election:  Allison Hayward (formerly of Center for Competitive Politics); Prof. Sam Issacharoff (NYU); Lawrence Noble (Americans for Campaign Reform); Prof. Nathaniel Persily (Columbia); Monica Youn (Brennan Center) (74:11)

Election Administration:  Prof. Adam Cox (NYU);  Prof. Josh Douglas (Univ. of KY); John Fortier (Bipartisan Policy Center); Prof. Heather Gerken (Yale); Prof. Sherrilyn Ifill (U of MD); Prof. Daniel Tokaji (Ohio State) (82:19)

Keynote by Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Dept. of Justice (40:17)

Future of Campaign Finance:   Prof. Richard Briffault (Columbia); Eliza Newlin Carney (Roll Call); Prof. Michael Kang  (Emory); Trevor Potter (Campaign Legal Center); Prof. Brad Smith (Capital University) (71:08)

Voting Rights Act and Redistricting:  Michael Carvin (Jones Day); Prof. Kareem Crayton (UNC); Prof. Gilda Daniels (U. of Balt.); Prof. Ellen Katz (Michigan);  Prof. Justin Levitt (Loyola); Prof. Michael J. Pitts (Indiana) (71:38)

Election Law in the Roberts Court: Prof. Guy-Uriel Charles (Duke);  Prof. Edward Foley (Ohio State);  Prof. Lani Guinier (Harvard); Prof. Pamela Karlan (Stanford); Prof. Alan Morrison (GW); Prof. Richard Pildes (NYU) (78:36)



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Media Coverage

Associated Press  .  Nov. 19, 2012
Justice Official Wants Voter Registration to be Automatic
Justice Official: Register Voters Automatically

ProPublica  .  Nov. 20, 2012
Why Is Arizona Still Counting Votes?


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