Valparaiso University Law School hosted the Law Review Symposium on Campaign Finance on Friday, April 4, 2014

Valparaiso University Law School’s Law Review hosted its annual Symposium on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at 656 S. Greenwich St. Valparaiso, Indiana 46383. The subject of the Symposium, “ Money in Politics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” was the limitation imposed by the First Amendment on legislation that attempts to regulate campaign contributions and expenditures, as demonstrated by the Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC.

Third year law student Patricia Spiccia, Executive Editor of Lectures & Symposia, said “As the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly expressed, the right to participate in electing our political leaders is one of the most significant rights we have.  Accordingly, the law review believes it is import to understand the relationship between the ability to provide campaign donations, whether limited or unlimited, and the potential influence on the democratic process. This has been explored in two different contexts, which the symposium will cover.  Most recently, in the McCutcheon v. FEC case that was decided April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court struck down aggregate contribution limits, which was advocated by RNC attorney and symposium participant James Bopp, Jr.   Concerns about money in politics have also been raised with regard to the IRS treatment of political contributions.  The Valparaiso Law Review is thrilled to explore these issues in more depth “

The symposium brought together scholars and practitioners who are geographically and politically diverse to provide a balanced discussion.

Speakers at the symposium include:

  • Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • Bradley A. Smith, Professor of Law, Capital University Law School
  • Richard Briffault, Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation, Columbia Law School
  • Fran Hill, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
  • Philip Hackney, Assistant Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Law Center
  • Lloyd H. Mayer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Donald B. Tobin, John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Jason Abel, Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • James Bopp, Jr., The Bopp Law Firm
  • Paul S. Ryan, Senior Counsel, Campaign Legal Center
  • Liz Kennedy, Counsel, Demos

Ivan Bodensteiner, Dean of Valparaiso Law School, said the symposium provided an opportunity for students, scholars and attorneys to interact with each other.  “The symposium is part of the Law School’s commitment to programs and conferences that reach out to legal and academic communities to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience, foster public understanding of the law, and generate ideas for legal reform.”

The event was hosted at Valparaiso University Law School.

About Valparaiso University Law School

For more than 130 years, Valparaiso University Law School has empowered talented individuals to realize personal and professional success. Nine “live client” clinics, a nationally recognized externship program, and a commitment to innovation, highlight a program of education that serves as both a path to a career and a path to personal and professional growth. Located in metropolitan Chicago and in Northwest Indiana, Valparaiso Law has one of the most diverse law student bodies in country. The faculty is distinguished by their commitment to student success and to continuing impact on the advancement of law and legal understanding.