Tuesday, July 21
Among the casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic are presidential primary elections, with renewed debate over whether Vote-by-Mail should be an available option in every state before the 2020 presidential election in order to help protect the health and well-being of voters and election workers. Over 16 states have delayed some elections or allowed citizens to vote by mail with an extension of deadlines, and many officials in both parties at the state & local level are pressing for these changes.
While the President has warned that such changes might lead to levels of voting that would hurt him and his party, charges of massive voter fraud are now being made in an effort to challenge the safety and relability of the VBM option, setting up a classic conflict between strict insistence on in-person voting and the need to protect citizens from exposure to the deadly virus, a dilemma that was recently played out in the April 6, 2020 elections held in Wisconsin — with surprising results following intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Benjamin E. Griffith, Griffith Law Firm PLLC, Oxford, MS
- John H. (Jack) Young, Senior Counsel, Sandler Reiff, Rehoboth Beach, DE
- Peter Miller, Ph.D., Researcher, New York University School of Law, New York, NY
- Paul Gronke, Ph.D., Professor, Reed College Portland, OR
- Charles Herbert Bell Jr., Senior Partner, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk LLP, Sacramento, CA
- Nicole Austin-Hillery, Human Rights Watch, Washington, DC
- Rebecca Green, Professor, William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA
The program will focus on identification and permitted uses on land impressed with the Public Trust Doctrine as defined by the USSCT in its famous 19th century Illinois Central decision. PTD designation has become a background principle of a state’s law of property providing a safe haven for government preventing all economically beneficial use of PTD land without liability for a regulatory taking under Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Commission.
- David Lee Callies, Professor, University of Hawaii School of Law, Honolulu, HI
- Richard Brian Epstein, New York, NY
- Lee Ann Finnell, Professor, University of Chicago Law School
- Thomas F Geselbracht, DLA Piper, Chicago, IL