Fair and impartial state courts play a vital role in our democracy, but a rising tide of high stakes campaigns featuring massive campaign contributions and contentious politics pose a threat to them. Leading experts discussed the results of two important new studies on state court elections, the role campaign contributions play in them and the effects contributions can have on judicial decisions.
Presented by the Washington, D.C. Lawyer Chapter and The George Washington University Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society.
Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director, Justice at Stake
Alicia Bannon, Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School
David Lyle, Senior Counsel for State Advancement, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (moderator)