CLE - 23rd Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy

The Impact of Dark Money on Judicial Elections and Judicial Behavior

In light of recent political events and the profound changes worked in the electoral landscape by the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., the symposium will explore one of the most pressing issues in civil justice today, maintaining the integrity of the judicial system in an era of virtually unrestricted campaign contributions. The issue will be examined from empirical, experiential and remedial perspectives. There will be two panels of empiricists asked to explore the impact of campaign contributions on who gets elected and how they conduct themselves once on the bench. Among the social scientists who will participate are leaders in the field, scholars who have been responsible for much of the key research on the impact of campaign financing.

Two panels will be devoted to legal perspectives on the question of judicial campaign contributions. One will consider possible remedies to the problems created by such contributions and will include distinguished scholars who have provided some of the most important analysis in the literature. The second panel will seek to provide a broader social overview. It will feature a former state Supreme Court judge turned law professor, an author who has traced the political contribution activity of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and one of the leading sociologists of law.

Finally, the symposium will feature a panel of judges who have had to deal with the challenges of big money campaigns, including former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler, former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, retired Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York Court of Appeals, and former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz.



The Clifford Symposium is free and open to the public. Because of space limitations, however, those interested in attending are encouraged to register in advance. Registrants will be given preference with regard to attendance, luncheon and distribution of materials. Registration must be completed no later than Monday, April 17, 2017. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is not guaranteed.

Reservations are accepted by phone at (312) 362-8372 or to register online click here.

DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. This program has been approved for up to 8.5 hours of CLE credit.


Day 1 - up to 5.0 general CLE credits

Day 2 - up to 3.5 general CLE credits





Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:30am to 1:00pm

DePaul Center (DPC), 8005
1 E Jackson Blvd

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