A month after the Supreme Court’s ruling on the case, the American Constitution Society hosted a panel discussion on Citizens United v. FEC at the National Press Club, Feb. 24, 2010. The panel addressed these questions and more:
Does the decision represent a victory for the First Amendment or an opening for corruption of elections?
What are the merits of mechanisms being considered by Congress as ways of dealing with the decision?
In practical terms, what does the decision mean for corporations and unions?
What does the overruling of Austin suggest about the Roberts Court and its relationship to precedent?
The panel discussion featured:
- Moderator, William P. Marshall, Visiting Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; William Rand Kenan, Jr.
Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC Chapel Hill School of Law
- Jan W. Baran, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
- Laurence E. Gold, Of Counsel, Lichtman, Trister & Ross, PLLC; Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO
- James S. Portnoy, Chief Counsel, Corporate & Government Affairs at Kraft Foods
- Joseph E. Sandler, Member, Sandler, Reiff & Young P.C.
- Monica Youn, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law