The Montana Lawyer Chapter and The University of Montana School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society present:
Justice at Risk: Montana's Fight for Impartial Courts
The Honorable James C. Nelson
Justice, Montana Supreme Court (Retired)
September 17th is Constitution Day. On this occasion, please join the ACS Montana Lawyer Chapter and the University of Montana School of Law Student Chapter for a discussion led by Retired Montana Supreme Court Justice James C. Nelson on the effects of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission on judicial elections. As Justice Nelson recently explained in the pages of the Missoulian, Citizens United has “ushered in the unprecedented use of dark, institutional mega-money to influence elections.” Drawing from the recently released ACS report “Justice at Risk: An Empirical Analysis of Campaign Contributions and Judicial Decisions,” Justice Nelson noted that “[t]he numbers are stark – the more campaign expenditures a justice receives from business interests, the more likely the justice is to vote in favor of the business in court cases.” Also included in Justice Nelson’s remarks will be a response to Justice Scalia’s comments during his recent visit to Bozeman. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a fascinating and frank discussion about the future of justice in both Montana and the entirety of the United States.
To learn more about issues confronting the state courts, please visit ACS’ State Courts Resource page.
Lunch will be provided.
CLE credit of 1.0 hours pending.