The Supreme Court and the 2016 Elections

Monday, February 22, 2016
12:00–1:00 p.m.
UC Irvine School of Law, Room EDU 1111


UCI Law Professor Rick Hasen and Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), a conservative D.C. think tank, will offer perspectives on the Supreme Court and the 2016 elections. The event will be moderated by UCI Law professor Henry Weinstein. The panelists will discuss questions such as why Democratic-appointed and Republican-appointed Justices differ on constitutional law and statutory interpretation, the extent to which the Supreme Court will be an issue in the 2016 election, and the extent to which the 2016 elections will influence the future of the Supreme Court.

Prof. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at UC Irvine, is a nationally recognized expert on election law and campaign finance regulation. His latest book, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, was published this January. Hasen also writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog. He received his B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies with highest honors from UC Berkeley, J.D. from UCLA, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA. He clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge David Thompson.

Ed Whelan directs EPPC’s program on The Constitution, the Courts, and the Culture. His areas of expertise include constitutional law and the judicial confirmation process. Prior to joining EPPC, Whelan advised the White House Counsel’s Office, the Attorney General and other senior DOJ officials, and Departments and agencies throughout the executive branch on difficult and sensitive legal questions. He also served as General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Whelan graduated with honors from Harvard University and earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge J. Clifford Wallace and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Prof. Weinstein is Professor of Law and Literary Journalism at UC Irvine, and Co-Director of the Center on Law, Equality and Race. He has worked for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Examiner and Wall Street Journal and has written more than 3,000 stories, reporting on the ground in 36 states plus the District of Columbia and Canada. He also has written about events and issues in other countries, and for a variety of publications, including California Lawyer, Juris Doctor, The Nation, New Times, the Saturday Review of Education and the Saturday Review of Science.

This program is co-sponsored by the UCI Law Speakers Series, and the UCI Law student chapters of the American Constitution Society and The Federalist Society.

RSVP here by February 19 to reserve your seat. Lunch will be provided.