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Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment featuring Nathaniel Persily

Thursday, October 29

UC Davis School of Law, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom
4:00 PM

UC Davis School of Law is pleased to announce the sixth annual Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment with Nathaniel Persily of Stanford Law School.

His lecture, "The Campaign Revolution Will Not Be Televised:  The Legal Implications of Politics On-Demand," will discuss how campaign finance law is trapped in a paradigm of reform that assumes television advertising will be the principal mode of political communication.  All of that is about to change.  With the advent of internet-based campaign tools, and the conversion of television into a device more akin to a computer, the rules that have governed campaigning seem hopelessly out of date.  Critical concepts in campaign finance law, such as who counts as the "media," become especially muddled with the transition on line. Regulation by the U.S. Federal Election Commission, an institution designed to fail even before the advent of modern challenges, is hopelessly doomed once campaigning moves onto the world wide web.   Regulation, if it is to occur, will come from the internet portals responsible for the lion's share of political advertising.  This paper investigates different options for privately sponsored regulations that might achieve some of the goals of campaign reformers. 

Nathaniel Persily is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, with appointments also in the departments of Political Science and Communication..  Prior to joining Stanford, Professor Persily taught at Columbia and University of Pennsylvania Law School, and as a visiting professor at Harvard, NYU, and Princeton. He has served as a court-appointed expert or Special Master to craft legislative districting plans for many states and most recently as the Senior Research Director for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. In addition to dozens of articles (many of which have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court) on the legal regulation of political parties, issues surrounding the census and redistricting process, voting rights, and campaign finance reform, Professor Persily has edited three books: Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy (Oxford Press, 2008) (with Jack Citrin and Patrick Egan); The Health Care Case (Oxford Press 2013); and Solutions to Polarization (Cambridge Press, forthcoming 2015). He received a B.A. and M.A. in political science from Yale (1992); a J.D. from Stanford (1998) where he was President of the law review, and a Ph.D. in political science from U.C. Berkeley in 2002. 

About the lecture: The Central Valley Foundation and UC Davis School of Law have established the Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture to promote discussion and understanding of First Amendment issues.  Professor Persily's lecture will be the sixth in a series.

The Central Valley Foundation (CVF) was established by the late James B. McClatchy, publisher of The McClatchy Company newspapers from 1987 to 2005.  CVF supports organizations and education programs dedicated to:  the protection and promotion of First Amendment rights; the advancement of academic achievement of English Learners at public K-12 schools in California's Central Valley; and the enhancement and preservation of quality of life in the Central Valley.

LECTURE at 4:00; RECEPTION at 5:00. Registered participants are eligible for free MCLE credit.



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