Part I: The Growing Influence of Dark Money in the Judicial Selection Process
Moderator: Professor Stephan Landsman, DePaul College of Law, Chicago, IL
Panelists: Robert Clifford, Esq., Chicago, IL
Laurence Pulgram, Esq., San Francisco, CA
Professor Abby Wood, USC Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, CA
This portion of the program will focus on (1) the rise of “dark money” funding of media campaigns to influence state and federal judicial selection processes; (2) recent efforts to combat the influence of outside political ads, including administrative rules relating to transparency of donors, the landmark $250 million settlement in Hale v. State Farm and proposed federal legislation on judicial ads; and (3) the role of the organized bar in confronting misinformation about judicial candidates.