Election Law Career Guide

By Paul Hellyer
Updated July 2017

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Books

Richard L. Hasen, The Voting Wars (2012).
Describes the increase in election litigation since the contested 2000 presidential election.
Publisher's Description
KF4886 .H39 2012 (STACKS)

Maurice C. Sheppard, The Federal Election Commission: Policy, Politics & Administration (2007).
Explains the purpose, history and operations of the FEC.  Includes an overview of attorney positions within the FEC.
Publisher's Description
JK1991 .S45 2007 (STACKS)

Charley Wells, Inside Bush v. Gore (2013).
"Inside Bush v. Gore presents the unique, candid, and compelling perspective of the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice who stood at the center of the storm. . . . He . . . offers an insider's view of judicial relationships, the frustrations of ambiguous election laws, the difficulties of separating the legalities from the politics, and the unsung yet critical role played by state court professionals." --From the book jacket.
Publisher's Description
E889 .W45 2013 (STACKS)


Articles

Jacqueline Bell & Cristina Violante, The Firms Cashing in This Election Season, Law360, Nov. 8, 2016.
Law360 takes a look at fees earned by law firms representing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Jacqueline Bell & Cristina Violante, Pushing the Envelope: Why the Candidates' BigLaw Bills Keep Rising, Law360, Nov. 9, 2016.
This article focuses on the 2016 presidential campaign.

Carla J. Develder, Election Law: Careers at the Intersection of Law and Politics, Student Lawyer, Oct. 2012, at 14.
Outlines the work that election lawyers do and offers tips on how to enter this field.

Randy Evans, Close Elections: Bring on the Lawyers, Atlanta Business Chronicle, May 23, 2014.
Describes how lawyers are gearing up for the 2014 election.

Bill Glauber, Walker Foes Have Friend in Tough Lawyer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 5, 2013, at A1.
Profiles a Democratic election lawyer in Wisconsin who has been battling Republicans on behalf of his clients.

Jenna Greene, With Tensions High, Election Lawyers Line Up Behind the Candidates, American Lawyer, Nov. 7, 2016.
Focuses on the 2016 federal election and compares the legal teams for the Trump and Clinton campaigns.

Cheryl Miller, A Glimpse Into Election Year Legal Work, The Recorder (California), June 3, 2016.
An interview with Richard Rios, president of the California Political Attorneys Association.

Stefan Passantino, New Challenges and Trends Facing Election and Political Lawyers and Their Clients, Aspatore, June 2014.
A partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge provides an in-depth view of his firm's work in this practice area.

David G. Savage, Army of Lawyers Is Ready, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 7, 2016.
Describes the work that lawyers are doing for the 2016 federal election.

Stephen T. Taylor, Political and Election Law Grows As Rules and Court Decisions Complete the Landscape, Of Counsel, Dec. 2012, at 1.
Describes election lawyering at several large law firms, including Perkins Coie, Covington & Burling, Patton Boggs, and Skadden, Arps.

Bill Turque, Election Lawyers Ready to Challenge Alleged Illegal Voting Activity, Washington Post, Oct. 30, 2012.
Explains how lawyers for the Obama and Romney campaigns prepared for legal battles in 2012.

John Hardin Young & Elizabeth F. Getman, Election Law, GP Solo, March/April 2013.
A detailed look at the work that election lawyers typically do. Explains how election law differs from most other practice areas.


Websites & Periodicals

BNA Money & Politics Report
This daily report from BNA covers legal developments in the areas of campaign finance, lobbying regulation, and government ethics.

Election Law Blog
A blog from Richard L. Hasen, professor at Loyola Law School and expert in the area of election law.

Election Law@Moritz
This site from Moritz College of Law (Ohio State University) features news, opinion and analysis.

Election Law Program
This Web site, a joint venture of William & Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts, provides information on election law and election-related litigation.  It includes video lectures from law professors, an election law manual, and a list of suggested reading.


Organizations

Democratic National Committee's National Lawyers Council
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
tel: (202) 863-8000
"The National Lawyers Council works to support President Obama's agenda, promote and protect the right to vote, and engage Democratic attorneys in a variety of ways." --From the website

Republican National Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 18965
Washington DC 20036
tel: (703) 719-6335
fax: (571) 312-0450
e-mail:info@republicanlawyer.net
The RNLA provides seminars on election law, coordinates lawyer volunteer activities during elections, and offers networking opportunities. Their website includes a directory of members who practice election law.  Students may join with a student membership.

William & Mary's Election Law Society
"Founded in 2006, the Election Law Society is a multipartisan student organization dedicated to studying the legal issues raised through the American electoral process. . . . The Election Law Society exists to help law students better understand election law issues through an open and honest dialogue about their origins and impacts."  --From the website

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