William & Mary Students to Provide Research Support to Newly-Established Presidential Commission on Election Administration
Five William & Mary Law School students will provide research support to Election Law Program Advisory Committee members and Presidential Commission on Election Administration Co-Chairs Ben Ginsberg of Patton Boggs and Robert Bauer of Perkins Coie. Kayla McCann '14, Shanna Reulbach '13, Jim Ogorzalek '14, Anisa Somani '14, and Megan Mitchell '13 are working to support the Presidential Commission on Election Administration by compiling and drafting research memos as requested. As they are able, the students will also attend Commission meetings in Washington, DC.
William & Mary Students
Draft ABA Standing Committee on Election Law Report: Election Delays in 2012
The American Bar Association Standing
Committee on Election Law chairs Trevor Potter of Caplin & Drysdale and
John Hardin Young of Sandler Reiff Young & Lamb requested assistance from students
in William & Mary Law School’s Election Law Society to research and draft a
report on election delays in 2012. William & Mary Law students Emily
Lippolis ’14, Shanna Reulbach ’13, and Andrew McCoy ’13 researched and drafted the
report under Professor Rebecca Green’s supervision. The report is a descriptive
effort, drawing on media coverage and interviews with election officials to
dissect when, where, and under what circumstances voters experienced delays on
or before Election Day 2012. While the report does not itself endorse specific
recommendations, the Report surveys observations and suggested avenues for
reform from prominent voting rights organizations, media outlets, and election officials.
Professor Green, Co-Director
of William & Mary Law’s Election Law Program, expressed great satisfaction
with the project: “Shanna, Andy, and Emily put a tremendous amount of work
putting together this very thorough report. Their superior research and writing
abilities really shine through in the final product.” As to the findings
itself, Green noted, “This is an enormously complex problem with no
one-size-fits-all solution. I think the goal of this Report is to propel
discussion towards making voting in this country as efficient as possible. William
& Mary was thrilled and honored to be part of this effort.” The final
report, unanimously approved by the ABA’s bipartisan Standing Committee on
Election Law is available here.
DC Election Law Society Event, Friday March 15, 5:00 to 7:00 at Wiley Rein
The William & Mary Election Law Society is pleased to announce its First Annual Award for Excellence in the Field of Election Law. This year's award recipient is Jeff Palmore, '00 JD '09, Director of Policy Development and Deputy Counselor to Governor Bob McDonnell. Wiley Rein partner and William & Mary Adjunct Professor Michael Toner will present the award at a Friends of ELS event at Wiley Rein in Washington DC on March 15, 2013 from 5:00-7:00. Alumni and students interested in attending, please RSVP [[rgreen,here]].
President Obama Appoints Election Law Program Advisory Board Members Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg to Run Presidential Commission on Election Administration
During his State of the Union on February 12, 2013, President Obama tapped two friends of the William & Mary Election Law Program to lead a presidential commission to evaluate and make recommendations to improve election administration in this country. Bauer and Ginsberg are no strangers to William & Mary Law. Both sit on the Advisory Board to the Election Law Program. And, in 2009, the pair traveled to Williamsburg for William & Mary’s Third Annual Election Law Symposium, “Campaigning in the Courts: The Rise of Election Litigation.” The symposium examined the rising tide of litigation as a central campaign strategy. In conjunction with the symposium, Bauer and Ginsberg also filmed a web lecture entitled “A View from the Trenches: Advice for Judges Handling Election Related Lawsuits” for the Election Law Program resource website electionlawissues.org. Moderated by William & Mary Law School Dean Davison Douglas, Bauer and Ginsberg provided their observations on trends in election litigation since Bush v. Gore.
Marc Elias to deliver Election Law Speaker Series Lecture, "The Voting Rights Act: Will it Survive the Current Attack?" Monday, February 18, 2013, 1:00, Rm. 133
Join ELS and Marc Elias, Partner at Perkins Coie and William & Mary Adjunct (Advanced Election Law, Post Election Litigation), for a lunch lecture on the Voting Rights Act. Elias served lead counsel for Sen. Al Franken in America's longest and costliest recount. He also recently filed an amicus brief in support of the VRA on behalf of his client Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Elias will discuss the future of the Act in light of the current challenge. Monday, February 18, 1 p.m. Room 133. Sal's pizza will be served. Free and open to the public, space permitting.
Two William & Mary Law Students File Federal Amicus Brief in Virginia Felon Voting Case
On December 10, 2012, W&M Law students Kate Ward '13 and Elderidge Nichols '13, under the supervision of Prof. Rebecca Green, filed an amicus brief in the case Sa'ad El-Amin v. Commonwealth in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virignia in Richmond. The case challenges Virignia's felon disenfranchisement law. Virginia is one of four states to permanently disenfranchise felons. The brief, which did not analyze the strengths and weaknessness of each of the plaintiffs claims, instead forwarded two arguments challenging the constitutionality of Virginia's felon disenfranchisement on due process and equal protection grounds. See here for a more detailed description of the brief and its arguments. Ward and Nichols will attend the oral argument in Richmond slated for February 22.
Annual Election Law Symposium to Explore Election Delays, February 21, 2013, 3:30-5:00, McGlothlin Courtroom
Heeding President Obama's call to "fix that," this year's Election Law Symposium will draw together top attorneys, election administrators, and scholars to examine the problem of Election Day delays. Confirmed participants include former White House Counsel Robert Bauer of Perkins Coie, Doug Chapin of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cleta Mitchell of Foley & Lardner, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, University of Maryland election technology expert Professor Paul Herrnson, and John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center. This event is free and open to the public.
The Election Law Program Completes Third Election Law War Game, Neenah, WI December 7, 2012
On December 7, 2012, the Election Law Program undertook its
third “Election Law War Game” at a conference of trial and appellate judges in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two
very able Wisconsin election attorneys, James Troupis and Matthew O'Neill, artfully argued their case before a
three-judge panel and our audience of Wisconsin judges. The Wisconsin war game
focused on a hypothetical scenario developed with the enthusiastic
participation of the director of Wisconsin's elections. The scenario
explored the issue of ballot spoliation and the right to recast a ballot
spoiled upon accidental overvoting in a 2014 gubernatorial election. While one
Wisconsin statute allows for in-person voters who overvote to spoil their
ballot and start afresh, another statute seemingly denies the same right to
absentee voters. Of particular importance in our hypothetical case was that a
design flaw in the ballot (based on a problem Wisconsin experienced in the
November 6 election) which caused a high number of voters to accidentally overvote. Those interested may view the full set of documents (scenario overview, briefs, bios, etc.) here.
Election 2012 Debrief: Campaign Finance and the 2012 Election, Nov. 14&15
Join us for this special two-part event: two of Washington's top campaign finance attorneys will speak to students about takeaways on campaign spending after the 2012 election. First on Nov. 14, Robert K.
Kelner of Covington & Burling will offer "Citizens United and
Super PACs: Much Ado About Nothing" followed by Neil Reiff of Sandler Reiff & Young who will discuss, "What Does 2 Billion
Dollars Buy You?: Reflections on 2012 Election Spending?" on Nov. 15. Both events will take place in Room 141 at the Law School. Lunch will be provided, please RSVP [[rgreen,here]]. These two events are free and open to the public.
John Hardin Young to Discuss Mediation and Election Dispute Resolution at Election Law Speaker Series Event, October 25, 1:00, Rm. 141
John Hardin Young of Sandler, Reiff, Young and Lamb will deliver a speaker series event talk entitled, "Electoral Conflict in Nigeria: Avoiding
Violence through Mediation" based on his experience in international election consulting in Africa. Young is a William & Mary Adjunct Professor and prominent election attorney based in DC. Lunch to be provided. Please rsvp [[rgreen,here]]. This event is free and open to the public.
Election Law Society's State of Elections blog provides William & Mary law student-generated state coverage in the lead up to the Nov. 6 Election
Election Law Society members and students in Prof. Green's Election Law Survey course have begun blogging on state election law topics in the lead up to (and will continue in the aftermath of) the Nov. 6 election. Original stories include interviews with state election officials (e.g., former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner), stories about obscure state election statutes, coverage of election preparedness, and much more. We will be posting 6-10 original stories per week through December. See www.stateofelections.com. Congratulations to Anthony Glosson and Jacob Derr, this year's new executive editors (and a big thanks to Brett Piersma, Patrick Genova, and John Loughney for a job well done running the blog last year).
25th Annual Supreme Court Preview Features "Election Law Panel," September 29, Rm. 119, 9:00-9:50
This year's Supreme Court Preview will feature Joan Biskupic of Reuters, Debo Adegbile, Acting President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, and Michael Carvin of Jones Day who argued on behalf of George W. Bush before the Florida Supreme Court in the 2000 controversy. Appellate attorney Paul Smith of Jenner & Block will moderate. For information on registering for this event, please click here. Students are welcome to attend for free.
Election Law Program Hosts "Colorado Election Law War Game" at Colorado Judicial Conference, Vail, CO, September 11, 2012
The Election Law Program hosted its second Election Law War Game on September 11 in Vail, CO. Colorado election attorneys Martha Tierney and Mario Nicolas argued a hypothetical case involving public access to voted ballots before a three-judge panel comprised of judges from the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Denver District Court. William & Mary Law students Megan Mitchell ‘13 and Jim Orgozalek ‘14 (with assistance from Andrew McCoy ‘13) fully briefed the case under the supervision of the Program’s Co-Director, Professor Rebecca Green, and with input from the Colorado counsel, Colorado’s Director of Elections Judd Choate, and national election law expert Professor Steven Huefner of the Ohio State University’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law. Materials from the event and video of the oral argument will soon be available at www.electionlawissues.org. The Program would like to thank the Colorado Secretary of State's Office for assistance developing ideas for the scenario, and the Deer Creek Foundation for its generous support.
Election Law Speaker Series: Professor Richard L. Hasen, "The Voting Wars," October 9, 2012, 12:50, Rm. 124
National Election Law expert Rick Hasen of the University of California Irvine School of Law will deliver a talk at William & Mary Law School on his latest work, The Voting Wars. In his book, Professor Hasen chronicles and analyzes the battles over election rules from 2000
to the present. From a nonpartisan standpoint he explores the rising number of
election-related lawsuits and charges of voter fraud as well as the decline of
public confidence in fair results. He explains why future election disputes
will be worse than previous ones—more acrimonious, more distorted by
unsubstantiated allegations, and amplified by social media. Professor Hasen's talk, the first of this year's Election Law Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. Tues. Oct. 9, 12:50 in Rm. 124.
Election Law Program Hosts "Virginia Election Law War Game" at the Judicial Conference of Virginia, May 16, 2012
With generous support from the Deer Creek Foundation, the Election Law Program ran its first in a series of state election law "war games" at the Judicial Conference of Virginia in Norfolk, VA on May 16, 2012. Based on a fictional scenario involving a malfunctioning DRE machine in a too-close-to-call US Senate race between Tim Kaine and George Allen in November 2012, the war game had two goals: (1) to troubleshoot a vague Virginia election statute, and (2) to demonstrate for judges and others the unique nature of election litigation. Stefan Passantino of McKenna, Long & Aldridge and Jessica Ring Amunson of Jenner & Block argued the case before a three judge panel consisting of Prof. John Harrison of UVA Law School, Prof. John Levy of William & Mary Law (emeritus), and Prof. Edward Foley of the Moritz School of Law in Ohio (who also serves as an advisor to the project). William & Mary Law students Megan Mitchell '13, Jim Orgozalek '14 and Andrew McCoy '13 helped craft the fact pattern and prepare briefs and other supporting documents. Virginia state court judges, state election administrators, policy makers, technologists and academics attended. More information about the event is available here. Video of the event will soon be available here.
Final Election Law Speaker Series Session: W&M Alum Carolyn Fiddler to speak on "Careers in Political Law," Thursday April 12, 1:00 pm in Rm. 133
Come to the final Election Law Society Speaker Series event of the year! William & Mary alumna Carolyn Fiddler will hold a discussion this Thursday, April 12 at 1 p.m. in Room 133 on careers in election law and political media. Ms. Fiddler is the former Communications Director of the Democratic Legislative Coordinated Campaign (DLCC). FREE PANERA will be served!
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Election Law Speaker Series Event: Marc Elias of Perkins Coie on "The Rise of Super PACs," [DATE CHANGE:] March 21, 12:50-1:50, Rm. 141
Partner at Perkins Coie, renowned election law attorney and William & Mary Law School adjunct professor Marc Elias will deliver a talk on "The Rise of SuperPACS." Elias serves as general counsel to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and represents numerous U.S. Senators and Representatives and their campaigns. Come hear from one of the leaders in the field how candidates are navigating the post-Citizens United campaign finance world. Join us March 15, 12:50-1:50, Rm. 141. Lunch to be provided for those who rsvp [[rgreen,here]]. [NOTE: THIS EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR March 15]
William & Mary Election Law Symposium: More Money More Problems? Money in Judicial Elections, March 29, 2012
William & Mary's Election Law Program and Election Law Society are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Election Law Symposium, More Money More Problems? Money in Judiical Elections. Distinguished participants include the Hon. Tom Phillips, Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court (ret.); the Hon. Marsha Ternus, Chief Justice, Iowa Supreme Court (ret.); the Hon. Brent Benjamin, Justice, West Virginia Supreme Court of Apeals; the Hon. Penny White, Chief Justice, Tennessee Supreme Court (ret.); and prominent campaign finance attorney James Bopp, General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech. SCOTUSblog's Lyle Denniston will moderate. More information is available here. The Symposium will take place in Room 119 on March 29 at 3:30 A reception will follow. The Symposium is free and open to the public.
Chris Delacey to Discuss Careers in Election Law, Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 1:00, Room 127
Election law attorney and William & Mary graduate, Chris Delacey, will present a talk titled, "Getting a Job in Election Law." Mr. Delacey's talk will be the Election Law Society's third Election Law Speaker Series event, and will take place on November 15, 2011 in Room 127. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP [[rgreen,here]]. This event is co-sponsored with OCS, so those interested may also RSVP on Symplicity.
John Hardin Young to Speak about Afghan Constitution Building and Electoral Reform, Thursday October 20, 2011 at 12:50, Room 133
Washington, DC election attorney and William & Mary adjunct professor John Hardin Young of Sandler, Reiff, Young & Lamb will present at the Election Law Society's second Election Law Speaker Series Event on October 20, 2011. Mr. Young's talk is titled, "Constitution Building and Electoral Reform in Afghanistan." The talk will take place in Room 133. Please RSVP [[rgreen,here]]. Lunch will be provided. This event is co-sponsored with the International Law Society.
William & Mary's Tidewater Roots Poll Project Starts Up New Recruiting Season
Ten William & Mary Law students working for the Tidewater Roots Poll Project, an Election Assistance Commission-funded project, are actively recruiting students at 4 area colleges to train as poll workers for Election Day 2011. Students Alex Grout '12 and Sam Robinson '11 conceived the project as a means of inspiring a new generation of poll workers in Virginia by connecting experienced poll workers with students eager to learn the ropes. The Project features "intergenerational breakfasts" at which recruited students and experienced Virginia poll workers share a meal and learn from each other about civic engagement in Virginia. For information about the Project or how you can get invovled, email us [[rgreen,here]].
Election Law Speaker Series Event: Josh Rosenstein, September 19, 1:00
Lobbying lawyer Josh Rosenstein will deliver a talk titled, “Pay-to-Play: Cabining Lobbyist and Contractor Participation in the Political Process.” Rosenstein, Vice President and General Counsel at Dutko Worldwide, a prominent Washington lobbying firm, will discuss President Obama’s draft Executive Order governing disclosure of contributions by contractors; the ABA’s recommended bar on lobbyist fundraising for appropriations members; and certain state restrictions (like Colorado’s now-invalid Amendment 54 that barred donations from contractors and their families). Rosenstein's talk will take place in Room 124 at 1:00. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by clicking [[rgreen, here]].
William & Mary Law Brings Home the Gold in the Virginia Redistricting Competition
The Virginia Redistricting Competition announced its winners on March 22. The William & Mary Law School team won the U.S. Congressional Governor/Commission division. The W&M Law team also took home a second place finish for its state senate map in the Competition division. The team's narratives (essays describing maps the team submitted) also received distinction from the judges, who noted that the William & Mary Law narratives “set the standard” for the competition. The full results from the Competition are available here. More information about the William & Mary Law team available here.
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