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GW to Host Election Law Conference Featuring Top Experts

General Counsels for Romney and Obama Campaigns to Discuss 2012 Election

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GW to Host Election Law Conference Featuring Top Experts

General Counsels for Romney and Obama Campaigns to Discuss 2012 Election

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

“By the way, we have to fix that.”

-President Obama’s 2012 Election Night Speech commenting on long lines at polls


Now that the 2012 election is over, it is time to reflect upon the lessons learned and solutions needed.  The George Washington University Law Review, the GW Political Law Studies Initiative and GW Law Professor Spencer Overton have assembled the top election law experts to look at laws that govern our democracy in an event titled “Law and Democracy:  A Symposium on the Law Governing Our Democratic Process.”     


Friday, November 16, 2012; 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


 The George Washington University Law School
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Kelly Lounge, and Lerner 201 (Lerner Hall)
2000 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)


Media interested in attending should contact Claire Duggan at 202-431-9135 or or Angela Olson at 202-994-3087 or


•    Discussion of 2012 election by top lawyers on both Obama and Romney campaigns with General Counsels Bob Bauer and Katie Biber
•    Release of 2012 TV spending by Super PACs, presidential campaigns and others in the first post-Citizens United election via PowerPoint presentation by Ken Goldstein, President, Campaign Media Analysis Group
•    Discussion of future of campaign finance with former FEC Chair Brad Smith, former FEC Chair Trevor Potter (currently Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC lawyer), Eliza Newlin Carney (coined the term “Super PAC”) and other top experts
•    Discussion of impact of Photo ID, rollback of early vote, long lines and potential solutions with Rick Hasen (of Rick Hasen’s and author of “The Voting Wars”) and other top experts
•    Keynote speech by Tom Perez, the head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
•    Discussion by Michael Carvin (a lead lawyer for Pres. Bush in Bush v. Gore) and other top experts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Nov. 9 decision to hear Shelby County v. Holder (challenging constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5 preclearance provision)
•    Discussion by top experts of partisan gerrymandering in the first U.S. House election with new post-2010 census districts


For an agenda and additional information, visit


GW Law, long recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, pursues a distinctive research and learning mission that engages the leading law and policy questions of our time and provides students with an education that will position them to help change the world. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, the Law School was founded in 1865 and was the first law school in the District of Columbia.

GW’s Political Law Studies Initiative capitalizes on the Law School’s unique location, faculty, courses, alumni and students to provide an intensive curriculum for studying political law. The initiative also provides a neutral venue for government officials, practitioners, policy advocates, law students and scholars to discuss ideas, develop the political law field and create bipartisan professional networks.  
The initiative is directed by GW Law Professor Spencer Overton.