Citizens United v FEC after Five Years

January 21, 2015 10:00 AM to 1:15 PM EST

1st floor/Wintergarden

Should the government have the power to ban a book if it contained any political advocacy?  It took that position, until the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC that Congress could not take away peoples’ political speech rights when they band together in corporations and unions.  On the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling, top journalists will interview a variety of experts to explore the impact of the case on politics, liberals and the  future of the First Amendment.



8:30 AM: Registration


9:00 AM: The Story Behind the Lawsuit

  • Michael Boos, General Counsel, Citizens United
  • Interviewer: David M. Drucker, Senior Congressional Correspondent, The Washington Examiner

 9:20 AM: The Impact on Parties in the age of Citizens United: Are changes needed?

  • Joel Gora, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
  • Neil Reiff, Founding partner, Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C.
  • Peter J. Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Interviewer: Peter Overby, NPR News

10:10 AM: Break  

10:20 AM: Should liberals support Citizens United?

  • Ira Glasser, former Executive Director, ACLU
  • Gabe Rottman, legislative counsel, ACLU
  • Wendy Kaminer, Author, lawyer, social critic and contributing editor of The Atlantic
  • Interviewer: Stuart Taylor, Jr., Author, freelance writer and a Brookings Institution nonresident senior fellow

11:10 AM: Break  

11:20 AM: Beyond Citizens United: the future of campaign finance jurisprudence

  • Bobby R. Burchfield, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Richard H. Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law
  • Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Founder, Center for Competitive Politics, Judge John T. Copenhaver Visiting Endowed Chair of Law at the West Virginia University, former FEC Chairman
  • Interviewer: Matea Gold, The Washington Post

 12:15 PM: Adjourn