Argued less than a week after Citizens United v. FEC, and decided just two months later, the D.C. Circuit’s less-widely-reported decision in v. FEC further extended Citizens United and opened the door to what we now call Super PACs. But some argue that SpeechNow, which the Supreme Court declined to review, is not a necessary or the best interpretation of Citizens United, and that the Court might be persuaded to overrule SpeechNow in a properly presented case.

We’ll examine whether SpeechNow is vulnerable, how a potential challenge could be crafted, and how overruling SpeechNow could affect Super PACs and campaign financing.

This event is sponsored by Free Speech For People, Represent.Us, the American Constitution Society Boston Lawyer Chapter, Common Cause Massachusetts, and the Harvard Law School Chapters of the American Constitution Society and Rootstrikers.

WHEN: Monday, November 16 12:00pm-1:30pm

WHERE: WCC-3019 Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School
10 Everett St., Cambridge, MA


Mark Alexander, Associate Dean for Academics and Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School
Albert Alschuler, Julius Kreeger Professor, Emeritus, University of Chicago Law School 
Laurence Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School

This conversation will be moderated by Renée Loth, columnist & former editorial page editor of the Boston Globe.

 Please contact Oske Buckley obuckley at freespeechforpeople dot org with any questions.



Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138