Citizens United Case is Topic for Law Review Symposium

Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES

CHICAGO, Feb. 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thomas E. Mann, a noted congressional scholar, will be the keynote speaker for the Friday, March 4, program on "The Impact of Citizens United: Corporate Speech in the 2010 Elections" when The John Marshall Law Review presents its 2011 symposium at the law school.

Selected panels will discuss various aspects of the United States Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United v Federal Communications Commission case in 2010, and Mann will be the luncheon speaker.

The program is part of the Belle R. and John H. Braun Memorial Lecture Series at The John Marshall Law School at 315 S. Plymouth Ct. in Chicago.

Starting at 9 a.m., the discussion will open with a look at "Law and Policy" featuring attorneys Marc E. Elias, a partner and firmwide chairman, Political Law Practice at Perkins Coie in Washington, DC, and Benjamin L. Ginsburg, a partner at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, DC.

The "Corporate Rights" panel at 10:15 a.m. will feature Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute; David Gans, director, Human Rights, Civil Rights and Citizenship Program at the Constitutional Accountability Center; and M. Todd Henderson, professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

Mann will speak at noon. He is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who writes and speaks widely on issues related to campaigns, elections, campaign finance reform and the effectiveness of Congress.

The afternoon panel at 1:30 p.m. will present "Academic Perspectives."  Panelists will be Professor Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago Law School; Monica Youn, senior counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; Atiba Ellis, associate professor at West Virginia University College of Law; and Peter L. Francia, associate professor at East Carolina University.

This program is free to John Marshall students and faculty.  Reservations are being accepted at

Marilyn Thomas
Director, Public Relations

The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, IL 60604

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