Monday, February 9, 2015

For Auburn University

To interested members of the Auburn University community (including the political science and history departments and student political groups):

Last fall, I endeavored to get a political symposium to be held at one of the Birmingham area universities and colleges. My suggested symposium title was "The Condition of Our Federal Government, Campaign Finance, and Freedom of Speech." See Trying to get local Symposium before Nov. 4th and Extension of Solicitation of Symposium before Nov. 4th.

"Money in politics" is a subject that is gathering much attention around the country. 

Last month, it cropped up in Auburn, in the form of a new organization named Take Back Our Republic, having contact info: Address: 246 East Glenn Avenue, Auburn, AL 36830; Phone: 334-329-7258; Email: (See Auburn, AL steps out!.)

I hope this new organization will take steps to publicize the "money in politics" subject to the Auburn University community.

I am taking this opportunity to do the same and to pass along this information  to the attention of potentially interested members of the Auburn University community, with a view that they may be motivated to have a symposium or other forum, in which there could be discussion in the vein of the aforementioned suggested title of "The Condition of Our Federal Government, Campaign Finance, and Freedom of Speech."

Thank you.

Update Feb. 10th
I am following up on the solicitations I made last fall of Birmingham-Southern College, Samford University, UAB, University of Montevallo, and University of Alabama to have a symposium.

[Below is a symposium being held at Fordham University in March. The symposium is expansive on the subject of corruption and would appear to include the corruption of campaign finance, which is the prime interest of Professors Lessig and Teachout.]

Fighting Corruption in America and Abroad: Fordham Law Review Symposium 2015

Corruption photo

Fighting Corruption in America and Abroad

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fordham University School of law
Skadden Conference Center
150 West 62nd Street

9:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

For full schedule and registration:

This full-day symposium will focus on defining corruption and initiatives to regulate it within the United States, internationally, and in foreign countries. The symposium will include a keynote address delivered by Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and four panel discussions among legal academics, prosecutors, defense lawyers, economists, and political philosophers.
Keynote address:
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Panels and confirmed participants:
What is corruption?—How Should We Define It, and Why Is It Bad? 
Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California Irvine School of Law

M. Todd Henderson, Micheal J. Marks Professor of Law and Aaron Director Teaching Scholar, University of Chicago Law School

Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Faculty Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

Landmark Domestic Bribery Prosecutions

Albert Alschuler, Professor of Law, Northwestern University; Julius Kreeger Professor Emeritus of Law and Criminology, University of Chicago

Joon Kim, Director, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York

Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause New York

Corruption Regulation in Practice via the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Lanny Breuer, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Jay Holtmeier, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Mike Koehler, Assistant Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law

Lucinda Low, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The Political Economy of Global Corruption Regulation

Thomas Lee, Leitner Family Professor of International Law and Director of Graduate and International Studies, Fordham University School of Law

Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University

Laura Underkuffler, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and J. DuPratt White Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School

This program is free and open to the public.

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