The Williams Forum: Campaign Finance Debate

Ilya Shapiro (Cato Institute) and Daniel Weiner (Brennan Center for Justice) will address the following motion: "This Forum believes the Citizens United decision has not harmed American democracy.”  The debate will be preceded by a short talk by US Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart.

Ilya Shapiro is a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. Before joining Cato, he was a special assistant/adviser to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule-of-law issues and practiced at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb. He is the co-author of Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (2014) and numerous other publications.

Daniel Weiner serves as Senior Counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where his work focuses on money in politics. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Mr. Weiner served as Senior Counsel to Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub at the Federal Election Commission, including during her term as Chair of the Commission in 2013. In this role, Mr. Weiner assisted the Commissioner with her duties in managing the agency, and advised her on a broad array of issues under the First Amendment, the Federal Election Campaign Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. Before his service at the FEC, Mr. Weiner was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, LLP.  At Jenner, Mr. Weiner counseled a wide variety of clients and litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels, including as a member of the firm’s Election Law and Redistricting practice group. He also maintained an active pro bono practice focused particularly on LGBT rights.

Sponsored by Leadership Studies, the Lecture Committee, Political Science, and Phi Beta Kappa

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8:00pm

Griffin Hall, Room 3

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Economics, Leadership Studies, Political Science, Lecture Committee


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