William and Mary Law School

March 20 Event to Feature Top Experts in Election Law

The Election Law Society and the Election Law Program at the Law School announced plans for the Third Annual Election Law Symposium on Friday, March 20.  Featuring America's top experts in the field of election law, the symposium is built around the theme, "Campaigning in the Courts: The Role of Election Litigation."

The event will feature an arsenal of top Democrat and Republican election lawyers and strategists.  Panelists scheduled to participate include Robert Bauer, President Obama's personal attorney and longtime chief election lawyer for the Democratic Party; Benjamin Ginsberg, currently the lead attorney for Norman Coleman in the Minnesota recount and previously chief counsel for the Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaigns; Terry Nelson, a top advisor to the McCain Presidential Campaign and political director of the 2004 Bush-Cheney Campaign; and Susan Swecker, Campaign Manager for Virginia state legislator Creigh Deeds and Senior Advisor for the Deeds Recount.

Michael Toner, former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, will moderate the panel. 

"Since the Supreme Court decided the 2000 Presidential Election, there has been an explosion of election-related litigation," explains Election Law Society President Alison McGuire '10.  "This event will explore the notion that election litigation has evolved into an essential component of campaign strategy."

The event is set for March 20thfrom 3:30 to 5:00 PM  in Room 119.  The event is free and open to the public.  This annual event is possible with generous assistance from the William & Mary Institute of Bill of Rights Law, the National Center for State Courts, Westlaw, Holtzman Vogel, and Bryan Cave LLP. 

Created in 2005 as a joint venture of the National Center for State Courts and the Law School, the Election Law Program seeks to provide practical assistance to state court judges in the United States who are called upon to resolve difficult election law disputes.  The Election Law Society is the student organization created to generate interest in and educate students about this rapidly expanding and extremely important area of practice.

Election Law Society Contact: Contact:  Alison McGuire, (757)232-2983 or atmcquire@wm.edu.