Citizens United: Faculty roundup

Harvard Law professors weigh in with reactions to the Supreme Court’s Jan. 21 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In the 5-4 ruling, Justices rejected corporate spending limits on political campaigns.

American Constitution Society hosts “The Constitution in 2020”

The American Constitution Society of HLS sponsored “The Constitution in 2020,” a panel discussion in November featuring Harvard Law School Professors Yochai Benkler ’94, Frank Michelman ’60, Mark Tushnet, and Noah Feldman, all contributors to a recently published book of the same title. The book’s goal is to contest the conservative idea that constitutional law should not be influenced by contemporary understandings of law and the political landscape.

Tushnet weighs in on Citizens United v. FEC


On Wednesday, September 9, the High Court heard reargument in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Harvard Law School Professor Mark Tushnet, a constitutional law scholar and a leading expert on the First Amendment, answers some questions and offers an assessment of what’s at stake in the case.

Kagan makes debut as Court hears reargument in Citizens United v. FEC

Former HLS Dean Elena Kagan 86 arguing her first case as solicitor general in Citizens United v. FEC

On Wednesday, September 9, former HLS Dean Elena Kagan ’86 argued her first case as the solicitor general of the United States, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The case involves the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, a campaign finance reform statute passed by Congress in 2002 that was intended to limit election-related communications, especially so-called “attack ads.”