Ciara Torres-Spelliscy - Presentations
Associate Professor of Law
A.B., Harvard University
J.D., Columbia School of Law
Election Law, Constitutional Law I and II, Corporate Governance in a Global Market, Business Entities
Addressed the Mexican Electoral Tribunal in Mexico City on October 16-17, 2015 at the invitation of the University of Texas at Austin and the Mexican government. She spoke about the unraveling of Watergate era money in politics reforms and about enforcement of campaign finance laws in New York City, New York State and American federal elections.
Presented her forthcoming paper, “Shooting Your Brand in the Foot: What Citizens United Invites” at Zicklin School of Business, CUNY Baruch College in New York, NY on Sept. 8, 2015.
Moderated a panel on "Small Donors vs. Super PACs" at a Brennan Center, New York City Campaign Finance Board and Committee for Economic Development Symposium on American Elections at the Crossroads at NYU School of Law on July 22, 2015. Panelists included Congressman Sarbanes, City Council Member Lander, Jay Costa and Paul S. Ryan.
Presented on a panel entitled “The Implications of Citizens United and McCutcheon for Campaign Finance and Beyond” at The Law of Democracy at a Crossroads: Reflecting on Fifty Years of Voting Rights and the Judicial Regulation of the Political Thicket Symposium at The Florida State University Law School in Tallahassee, FL on March 28, 2015.
Presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) on a panel entitled “Citizens Invited: Scholars and Professors in the Campaign Finance Wars” on January 4, 2015. The panel was moderated by Professor Richard Albert and included the following co-panelists Professors Joshua Douglas, Joseph R. Fishkin, Lawrence Lessig, Eugene D. Mazo, Spencer Overton, Jamin Ben Raskin, Bradley A. Smith, Zephyr Teachout and Franita Tolson. She spoke about meritocracy and money in politics.
Addressed the Harvard Club of Sarasota on December 12, 2014. Her talk was entitled “Money in Politics after Citizens United” and included a discussion of current campaign finance jurisprudence surrounding pay to play, the regulation of corporate political spending and transparency, as well as updates on reform efforts at the FCC, FEC, SEC and IRS.
Presented on a panel entitled “Can Someone Please Turn on the Lights? Ensuring Transparency When Non-Profits Engage in Lobbying and Political Activities” at the 2014 Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on December 10, 2014. She spoke about constitutional ways to regulate dark money. Co-Panelists included the Chairman of the FEC Lee Goodman, the Director of the Maryland State Board of Elections Jared DeMarinis, and Executive Director of the Texas Ethics Commission Natalia Luna Ashley.
Presented on a panel on “Money in Politics and Democracy” with co-panelists John Bonifaz, Professor Mark Alexander, Professor Larry Lessig, and Moderator FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub at Harvard Law School’s Symposium on “Advancing a New Jurisprudence for American Self-Government and Democracy” on November 7, 2014. She spoke about how money in American politics places meritocracy at risk.
Presented her paper, “Safeguarding Markets from Pernicious Pay to Play: A Model Explaining Why the SEC Regulates Money in Politics,” at the 11th Circuit Legal Scholarship Forum 2014 at Stetson Law School on Oct. 11, 2014.
Presented on a panel regarding "When Corporate and Election Law Collide: A Century of Regulating Money in Politics," at 2014 Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Aug. 6, 2014.
Presented on a panel on "Beyond Citizens United and McCutcheon: What Next for Campaign Finance Regulation?" at the Annual Convention of the American Constitution Society (ACS) in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2014.
Presented on a panel on "The Emerging Ecology of Money & Politics" at the annual meeting of the National Institute on Money in State Politics at Bigfork, Montana on May 31, 2014.
Presented on a panel on "Democratic Values," at the Mertz Gilmore Foundation in New York, NY on May 7, 2014.
Moderated a panel on "Alternative Approaches to Political Cases" at Brennan Center's Symposium on Money in Politics 2030: Towards a New Jurisprudence at NYU School of Law on May 2, 2014.
Presented her article, “Safeguarding Markets from Pernicious Pay to Play: A Model Explaining Why the SEC Regulates Money in Politics,” at the Democracy in America: Participation and Social Justice Symposium at Stetson University’s DeLand Campus on March 28, 2014.
Presented on a panel on “Weighing the Policy Implications of Justice at Risk: How Empirical Findings Should Inform the Choice of State Judicial Selection” at the Justice at Risk Symposium at Vanderbilt Law School on March 21, 2014 cosponsored by the American Judicature Society and the American Constitution Society.
Presented on a panel on “Quantifying the Problem of Corporate Money in Politics” at the Symposium Taking Stock of Citizens United: How the Law Has (and Has Not) Changed Four Years Later at Stetson Law School on February 28, 2014 cosponsored by the Stetson Law Review, the Corporate Reform Coalition and the American Constitution Society.
Presented on a panel on Political Money and Economic Inequality at the Brennan Center for Justice's symposium "The Governing Crisis & Democratic Dysfunction: Exploring Solutions" on Feb. 12, 2014 at NYU School of Law.
Presented on a panel on regulating corruption at Duke Law School's symposium on "The Future of Campaign Finance Reform" hosted by the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy on Feb. 7, 2014.
Presented on a panel on financial disclosures at Vermont Law Reviews "Disclosure Debates" symposium at Vermont Law School on Sept. 28, 2013.
Presented on a panel on campaign finance at the National Press Club at the invitation of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law on June 18, 2013.
Presented on a panel at the "Bright Minds, Dark Money: Transparency 2013" Conference hosted by the National Institute on Money in State Politics in Big Fork, Montana on May 31, 2013. She presented her forthcoming law review article, Safeguarding Markets from Pernicious Pay to Play: A Model Explaining Why the SEC Regulates Money in Politics, 12(2) Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal __ (2013), http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2184554.
Presented on a panel at the "Under the Influence, Interest Groups, Lobbying and Campaign Finance" Conference at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at Buffalo Law School on March 9, 2013. She spoke about the phenomenon of customer boycotts of corporate political activity.
Presented on a panel at the Federal Courts Law Review's Annual Symposium on Election Law in the Federal Courts on Feb. 22, 2013 at Charleston Law School. She presented her forthcoming Montana Law Review article, "Taking Opt-In Rights Seriously. What Knox v. SEIU Could Mean for Post-Citizens United Shareholder Rights."
Presented on a panel organized by the Joint Section on Internet and Computer Law and Mass Communication Law at the 2013 Annual Meeting of AALS in New Orleans. She spoke about the misuse of the NAACP line of cases and dark money in elections, as well as her law review article, "Has the Tide Turned in Favor of Disclosure?"
Presented on a panel at UCLA Law School's David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Symposium entitled, "A 28th Amendment? Legal Issues, Remedies and Strategies to Get Money Out of Politics" on Nov. 17, 2012. She spoke about the role of nonprofits in politics after Citizens United.
Presented on a panel at the University of Connecticut Law School Symposium entitled "Buying Your Vote? Citizens United, Super PACs and the Future of Campaign Finance in America." She spoke in favor of SEC petition 4-637 which would require transparency for corporate political spending.
Presented "How Much Is an Ambassadorship?" at the Honorable James R. Browning Symposium on Election Law at the University of Montana Law Review on Sept. 28, 2012.
Presented "The $500 Million Question: Are the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations Really State PACs Under Buckley's Major Purpose Test?," 15 NYU J. of Legislation & Public Policy 485 (Spring 2012), http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1988603, at the Law & Society Conference 2012 in Honolulu in June 2012.
Presented on a panel to the National Policy Council of the AARP in Chicago on May 24, 2012 about Citizens United.
Presented "The $500 Million Dollar Question," at the Annual Meeting of the National Institute on Money and State Politics on May 14, 2012.
Presented a paper about the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations and the regulation of money in politics at the "Legal Theory Speaker Series," at the University of Miami Law School, February 2012.
Presented a paper on the Federal Election Campaign Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at Chapman Law School's Symposium on "The 40th Anniversary of Watergate: A Commemoration of the Rule of Law," January 2012.
Presented on a panel on independent expenditures at the "Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) Conference," in Nashville, December 2011.
Presented a paper on Buckley's Major Purpose Test and the Regulation of Corporate Money in Politics at the "Florida Legal Scholars Forum," at Stetson University College of Law, November 2011.
Presented on a panel on campaign finance at the "Citywide Seminar on Ethics in New York City Government," at New York Law School, May 2011.
Moderated panel on corporate law at "Accountability after Citizens United" Symposium at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, April 2011.
Presented on a panel on judicial selection at New England Law School - Boston, April 2011.
Presented on a panel on campaign finance law at CUNY-Baruch College School of Public Affairs' "Eighth Annual Public Affairs Week," March 2011.
Presented on a panel on campaign finance law at University of San Francisco Law School Symposium, "Democracy Inc.," February 2011.
Presented on a panel on corporate law at "Citizens United an Intersection of Laws" Symposium at Georgia State University College of Law, November 2010.
Presented on a panel on campaign finance law at "Citizens Divided About Citizens United" Symposium at Chapman Law School on October 2010.
Presented a paper on campaign finance at "Fourth International Colloquium on Corporate Political Activity," at Long Island University, CW Post Campus, May 2010.
Presented a paper on campaign finance at "The Case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission: Supreme Court Decision on Corporate Campaign Expenditures" at Rutgers Eagleton Institute on Politics, April 2010.
Presented a paper on campaign finance at Loyola University Chicago's "Corporate Risk Management Conference," October 2009.
Presented on a panel about judicial selection at "Obama and Article III Judges," at Harvard Law School, October 2009.