American Justice for Sale? Corporate Dollars in Judicial Election Campaigns
A Forum at Baruch College on Constitution Day, September 17, 2009
(New York, NY, September 14, 2009) Unlimited spending on judicial elections endangers the integrity and impartiality of the courts, and imperils the right of citizens to receive to equal treatment under the law. Corporate campaign contributions to the election of judges pose ethical dilemmas that could potentially undermine the U.S. judicial system.
On Thursday, September 17, designated Constitution Day, Baruch College’s Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity, in conjunction with the Center for Political Accountability and The Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Ethics Research at the Wharton School, will present a special forum, American Justice for Sale? Corporate Dollars in Judicial Election Campaigns.
Prominent legal experts, corporate leaders, and policy analysts will explore the ramification of judicial elections financed by lobbyists and litigants. Two panels, followed by a general discussion, will take place in the College’s Newman Conference Center, 151 E. 25th Street, Room 750, 4:30 pm – 8 pm.
Panel I: 4:30 to 6 pm
Jeffrey Berger – Mayer, Brown
James Sample – Professor, Hofstra Lw School, former director of the Judicial Elections Project, the Brennan Center, NYU
Dorothy Samuels - The New York Times Editorial Board, author of
The Selling of the Judiciary
Roy Schotland, Professor of Law, Georgetown University
The Hon. Penny white, Professor, University of Tennessee, College of Law and former Justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court
Robert Alt -- Senior Legal Fellow and Deputy Director, Center of Legal & Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Ron Berenbeim -- Principal Researcher, Business Ethics, The Conference Board
Charles Grezlak – VP, Government Affairs & Policy, Merck & Co., Inc.
Landon Rowland –Trustee, Committee for Economic Development
Karl Sandstrom – Perkins Coie
Contact: Zane Berzins