Media Advisory: "Can Democracy Survive the 2020 Elections?" Conference Hosted by UCI Law



IRVINE, Calif. (Feb 13, 2020) — Fresh off the Iowa Caucus fiasco, the University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law) will host a conference titled, “Can Democracy Survive the 2020 Elections?”

WHAT: The conference will examine the role of the media, political norms, and technology in assuring acceptance of election results. This event is presented in conjunction with the UCI Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy and with the generous support of the Democracy Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

WHO: Speakers in attendance of the conference include: 

  • Andrew Appel, Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University
  • Julia Azari, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Political Science at Marquette University
  • The Hon. Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State in Michigan
  • Bruce Cain, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University
  • Jack Doppelt, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Journalism at Northwestern University
  • Tiana Epps-Johnson, Founder and Executive Director at the Center for Technology and Civic Life
  • Ned Foley, Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law and Director of Election at Mortiz at Ohio State University
  • John Fortier, Director of Governmental Studies at the Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Patty Hansen, Recorder in Coconino County, Arizona
  • Rick Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at UCI Law
  • Liz Howard, Counsel at Brennan Center’s Democracy Program
  • Jessica Huseman, Voting Rights and Election Administration Reporter at ProPublica
  • David Kaye, Clinical Professor of Law and International Justice Clinic Director at UCI Law and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  • Neal Kelley, Registrar in Orange County, California
  • The Hon. Frank LaRose, Secretary of State in Ohio
  • Matt Masterson, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Michael Morley, Assistant Professor of Law at Florida State University
  • Janai Nelson, Associate Direct-Counsel at NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Brendan Nyhan, Professor of Government at Dartmouth College
  • Cailin O’Connor, Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy Science at UCI School of Social Sciences
  • Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar at AEI
  • Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation at MALDEF
  • Nate Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford University
  • Rick Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU
  • Song Richardson, Dean and Chancellor’s professor of Law at UCI Law
  • Bertrall Ross, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at UC Berkeley
  • Alex Stamos, Director of Stanford Internet Observatory at Stanford University
  • Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT
  • Michael Tesler, Associate Professor of Political Science at UCI School of Social Sciences
  • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Professor of Law at Stetson University
  • James Weatherall, Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UCI School of Social Sciences
  • Amy Wilentz, Professor of English at UCI School of Humanities
  • Kim Zetter, Journalist and Author 

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided. 

WHERE: UCI Division of Continuing Education, Yosemite Ballroom (driving directions)

MORE: This event is approved for 4.5 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

REGISTRATION: To register to attend the event, please RSVP online.

PARKING: Parking in the Social Science Parking Structure is $13. To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact:

MEDIA: Media interested in attending must RSVP with:

Mojgan Sherkat
Media Relations Specialist