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 SpeechNow.org 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.
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 invite you to a special forum on Ending Super PACs: Is SpeechNow Vulnerable?
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.
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.
This event is free and open to the public. Please click the button below to access the livestream portion on the day of the event.