Friday, March 24, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stetson University College of Law
Stetson students, faculty, and staff may attend free by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stetson Law Review’s daylong symposium, “Can Corporations Be Good Citizens? How Corporate Law, Litigation, Lobbying and Money in Politics Intersect,” will explore the relationship between corporations and the American government.
The relationship between the private and the public sector has been a dynamic one throughout American history. In the past decade, the interactions between corporations and the American government have gained more attention from the press and average citizens as the U.S. Supreme Court expands the ability of corporations to spend in politics, and as corporations come under internal and external pressure to be more transparent about their lobbying and political engagement. Meanwhile certain lawyers and lobbyists for corporations continue to advocate for expanded constitutional rights and fewer regulatory burdens.
These efforts take place against a background of the election of an entrepreneur president whose business holdings raise a new host of legal, ethical and constitutional questions. And at the very same time advocates for a more inclusive democratic process continue to work on the issue of mitigating money in politics. Our panelists are legal academics, practitioners, journalists, political scientists, writers and lawyers who will share their insights about the ever-shifting landscape of corporations in our democracy.
The Stetson Law Review will publish a special symposium issue with essays from our participants. This event was funded by the generosity of the Stetson Law Review, Stetson American Constitution Society, and the Corporate Reform Coalition. Follow along on Twitter with hashtag #stetsondemocracy.