April 9, 2014
Political Law Society Expert Panel on Proposed IRS Regulations on Political Activity for § 501(c)(4) Organizations

The George Washington University Political Law Studies Initiative and the Political Law Society hosted an expert panel discussion on proposed IRS regulations dealing with to what extent § 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations can conduct political activity featuring a panel of attorneys who have been active in the debate over the proposed rules.

January 22, 2014
Briefing of The American Voting Experience
Immediately after meeting with President Obama, the co-chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration visited GW Law for the first extensive discussion of the report, The American Voting Experience: Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.  Co-chairs Robert Bauer and Benjamin Ginsberg provided a briefing on the report and the process, including an extensive opportunity for questions from election experts, the press, and other audience members.

December 6, 2013
Panel on Politically Active Nonprofits
PLSI hosted the Center for Responsive Politics for a discussion on the evolution of dark money.  Speakers included Robert Maguire (Center for Responsive Politics), Donald Tobin (Ohio State University Moritz School of Law), Jan Baran (Wiley Rein), Peter Overby (National Public Radio), Viveca Novak (Center for Responsive Politics).

November 13, 2013
Career Panel: Political Law with Nonprofits and the Government

Michelle Kanter Cohen (Project Vote), Kathryn Lefeber Donahue (Department of Defense), and Tracee Plowell (Department of Justice, Public Integrity Section) spoke about the type work they do, employment opportunities in political law, and advice for law students who are interested in political law.

November 4, 2013
Lunch with Lawyers Series: Larry Noble, Americans for Campaign Reform

Larry Noble, former FEC General Counsel, spoke to students about his career path, different types of work available in political law, and career advice for students interested in that area.

October 8, 2013
Supreme Court Outing: McCutcheon v. FEC
PLS members went to the Supreme Court to hear the oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, a case involving campaign finance and aggregate limits.

October 7, 2013
Moot: McCutcheon v. FEC
Bobby Burchfield (McDermott Will & Emery LLP) prepared for his oral argument, representing Senator Mitch McConnell as amicus curiae supporting the appellants.

October 7, 2013
Panel on McCutcheon v. FEC
Jessica Ring Amunson (Jenner & Block), Trevor Burrus (CATO Institute), Allen Dickerson (Center for Competitive Politics), and Tara Malloy (Campaign Legal Center) spoke about the Supreme Court case McCutcheon v. FEC, issues likely to be raised at oral arguments, and the future of campaign finance law in America. Each of the featured organizations filed amicus briefs in the case.

September 24, 2013
Lunch with Lawyers Series: Rob Ritchie, FairVote
Rob Richie spoke to students about FairVote, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, which educates and enlivens discourse on how best to remove the structural barriers to democracy.

September 12, 2013
Panel on Government Ethics & Political Law Networking Reception
Allison George (Office of Government Ethics), John Sassaman (Senate Committee on Ethics), and Dan Schwager (House Committee on Ethics) joined PLSI for a panel discussion on important updates on the ethics process and developments in Congressional and Executive Branch ethics.

April 4, 2013
Lunch with Lawyers Series: Rob Ritchie, FairVote
Rob Ritchie spoke to students about redistricting and proposals for the National Popular Vote.

March 12, 2013
Voting Rights Debate: Key Questions from Oral Arguments in Shelby Counter v. Holder
In February of 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case considering the constitutionality of the preclearance and coverage provisions of the Voting Rights Act. A few questions asked by the Justices may determine the Court's decision, which is expected by June. This panel featured a spirited debate over key questions by top voting rights experts.

February 13, 2013
Lunch with Lawyers Series: Neil Reiff, Sandler, Reiff, Young & Lamb P.C.
Neil Reiff discussed campaign finance issues, law firm work, and career opportunities for interested students.

November 16, 2012
Law and Democracy: A Symposium on the Law Governing Our Democratic Process
This symposium, held ten days after the 2012 presidential election, was perhaps the nation’s most significant gathering of political scholars and policymakers. The symposium attracted thirty-five leaders in political law as panelists, such as coauthors from all four election law casebooks and the general counsels of the Barack Obama 2012 and John McCain 2008 presidential campaigns. Most of the symposium attendees were leaders in political law and contributed a great deal to the conversation—FEC commissioners and staffers, Election Assistance Commission leadership, congressional staffers, DOJ lawyers, foundation officers, leaders from advocacy groups, and leading political law practitioners.

November 13, 2012
Career Panel: Political Law Internships
Students shared their past political law experiences with government, nonprofit, and private sector employers.

November 6, 2012
Election Day Events
Students hosted an Election Day bake sale and a mock presidential election.

October 27, 2012
Trip to the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Students visited the museum to view the special “On the Campaign Trail” exhibit.

October 10, 2012
Lunch with Lawyers Series: Dara Lindenbaum, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Dara Lindenbaum discussed voting rights, her career path, and career opportunities for interested students.

June 15—August 23, 2012
Voter Registration Drives

March 14, 2012
Panel on Super PACs
Ronald Jacobs (Venable LLP), Adam Lioz (Demos), and Stephen Spaulding (Common Cause) discussed the evolution of Super PACs and their potential role in the upcoming 2012 election.

March 14, 2012
Moot: Wagner v. FEC
Associate Dean Alan Morrison prepared for his preliminary injunction argument, challenging the federal ban on contributions made by government contractors.

February 8, 2012
Campus Vote Project Launch: Fair Elections Legal Network
The Fair Elections Legal Network is a national, nonpartisan election reform and advocacy organization dedicated to removing barriers to voting that confront traditionally unrepresented constituencies, including students. Their Campus Vote Project is a campaign to empower students with the information and tools they need to participate in the voting process on their college campuses.

February 7, 2012
Lunch with Lawyers Series: Professor Michael Abramowicz
Professor Abramowicz discussed prediction markets as they relate to elections.

November 8, 2011
Panel on Judicial Elections

The event focused on judicial elections and featured Karl Sandstrom (Perkins Coie), George Patton, Jr. (Bose, McKinney, & Evans LLP), and Professor Stephen Ware (University of Kansas School of Law).

October 18, 2011
Lecture with Professor Lawrence Lessig

The event featured Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Harvard University and founder of Rootstrikers. He spoke about his new book, Republic, Lost. The event was co-sponsored by Public Campaign.

March 28, 2011
Panel on Campaign Finance

Professor Spencer Overton, Craig Engel (Arent Fox), Neil Reiff (Sandler, Reiff, Young & Lamb), and Leslie Rutledge (Republican National Committee) joined students for a panel on campaign finance.

February 7, 2011
Screening of Gerrymandering
The Election Law Society held a screening of the 2010 documentary, Gerrymandering. Associate Dean Alan Morrison led a discussion after the screening that focused on racial, partisan, and incumbent gerrymandering.

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