Ciara Torres-Spelliscy - Presentations
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, Honors Colloquium, and First Amendment
Spoke remotely to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) about her book Political Brands, the Supreme Court’s Bridgegate decision and conducting the 2020 elections during the coronavirus pandemic on May 15, 2020.
Spoke remotely about her book Political Brands, COVID-19, and the 2020 election at the “Feeling Democracy: A Conference on Politics and Emotions” at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University on Apr. 17, 2020.
Spoke on the American Promise National Call about campaign finance law on Mar. 9, 2020.
Spoke to the Stetson Law Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) about her book Political Brands on Mar. 4, 2020.
Spoke on a panel "The Role of Election Law" at a Conference entitled "Can American Democracy Survive the 2020 Elections?" at UC Irvine Law School on Feb. 28, 2020.
Testified at the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing about Citizens United at 10: The Consequences for Democracy and Potential Responses by Congress, Feb. 6, 2020.
Spoke on the campaign finance panel at the American University Law Review's “Democracy and the Law: 2020” symposium on January 31, 2020 in Washington DC about corruption, campaign finance and the Bridgegate case pending before the Supreme Court.
Spoke on a panel entitled “Revisiting Campaign Finance Regulation 10 Years After Citizens United,” hosted by the American Constitution Society at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16, 2020.
Spoke about the chapter “Branding Racism” in her book Political Brands on a panel entitled “American Democracy 2020: Commemorating the 15th & 19th Amendments amidst the Third Wave of Autocratization” at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) sponsored by the Minority Groups, Civil Rights, Election Law and Constitutional Law Sections of AALS on Jan. 4, 2020.
Spoke about Branding Truth and Branding Corruption at "The Chat with the Author of Political Brands Ciara Torres-Spelliscy" at Public Citizen in Washington D.C. on Jan. 3, 2020.
Spoke at the Bryan Glazer JCC and the League of Women Voters in Tampa about her book Political Brands on Dec. 12, 2019.
Guest lectured about corporate constitutional rights and her book Political Brands at Harvard Law School on Nov. 21, 2019.
Discussed corporate personhood and the 2020 election in her books Corporate Citizen and Political Brands at the University of Oklahoma Law School's symposium “The Roots and Legacies of Dartmouth College v. Woodward, the Supreme Court Decision that Turned Corporations into Constitutional ‘Persons'” Nov. 15, 2019.
Addressed the fellows at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law about the book Political Brands and the 2020 election on November 8, 2019 in New York City.
Addressed the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge about her book Political Brands focusing on money in politics on October 30, 2019.
Addressed the 2020 election, political advertising and campaign finance and her book Political Brands at ACS Northwestern at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago on October 29, 2019.
Gave a book talk about her book Political Brands and the emoluments lawsuits to the ACS UChicago at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago on October 28, 2019.
Spoke about her book Political Brands and corporate political spending at the Virginia State Capitol House Office Building in Richmond, Virginia on October 21, 2019.
Spoke about her book, Political Brands, at UCLA Law School on Oct. 11, 2019.
Spoke on a panel about administering campaign finance law at the C. Boyden Gray Center for the study of the Administrative State at Antonin Scalia Law School Symopium on Administering Democracy on Oct. 4, 2019.
Spoke at the Yale Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) about lawyers, guns and money in her new book “Political Brands” including the topics of money in politics, Emoluments lawsuits, and branding the NRA post-Parkland on September 9, 2019 in New Haven.
Spoke on an American Constitution Society (ACS) Webinar, "What's Next: Will the Mueller Report Lead to Impeachment?" on Aug. 13, 2019.
Spoke to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa about pending election law cases and the pending U.S. Census 2020 case in their Supreme Court Insight program on June 13, 2019.
Spoke on a plenary panel entitled "After Trump: Reforming Government and Repairing Democracy" at the American Constitution Society's (ACS) 2019 National Convention in Washington D.C. on June 8, 2019.
Participated in Safeguarding Against Distortions of Scientific Research in Federal Policymaking working group, hosted by UCI Center for Law Environment and Natural Resources and the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington D.C. on May 21, 2019.
Participated in the "Clean Slate Convening on Empowering Labor Law Reform by Updating Other Legal Regimes" at Harvard Law School on May 9, 2019.
Spoke to the Stetson Law Chapter of the American Constitution Society about the American Legislative Exchange Council on Mar. 26, 2019.
Guest taught a class about her forthcoming book "Political Brands" in Data and Democracy course at Duke Law School, Mar. 19, 2019.
Spoke about her forthcoming second book "Political Brands" at Notre Dame Law School's Campaign Finance Symposium on Feb. 8, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana.
Spoke at AALS Election Law Section about "Protecting American Democracy from Foreign Inference" on Jan. 4, 2019 in New Orleans.
Moderated a debate on Writing the 28th Amendment at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Nov. 19, 2019.
Spoke at the Mary L. Hilfiker Symposium titled "Free Speech and Campaign Finance: Debating the First Amendment and Citizens United" on Oct. 18, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Spoke at Mercer School of Law at the “Corporate Law in the Trump Era” Symposium about three on-going emoluments lawsuits against the President on October 5, 2018 in Macon, Georgia.
Spoke at Washington & Lee Law School's faculty workshop about her new book in progress, “Political Brands” on September 24, 2018 in Lexington, Virginia.
Spoke at the Washington & Lee Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) about branding and political parties on September 24, 2018 in Lexington, Virginia.
Spoke at 2018 SEALS conference about corporate personhood in the Supreme Court's Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on August 11, 2018.
Spoke at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law about political branding on July 27, 2018.
Spoke at the 11th Circuit Year in Review hosted by the American Constitution Society's Tampa Lawyer Chapter at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center on July 18, 2018 about Hand v. Scott.
Spoke on a panel entitled "The Comparative Law of Democracy," at the International Society of Public Law's ICON-S conference in Hong Kong on June 26, 2018 about fundraising burdens for Members of Congress.
Moderated a panel entitled "To Amend or Not to Amend: What Path to Keeping Money Out of Politics?" at The American Constitution Society (ACS) 2018 National Convention in Washington, DC on June 8, 2018.
Spoke about political parties and branding on a panel about "The First Amendment and Regulation of Political Parties" at the "The Constitution & Political Parties Symposium" Hosted by the Stanford Law School Constitutional Law Center on May 19, 2018.
Spoke about election security and federalism on a panel at the American Constitution Society's (ACS) event “Firewalling Democracy” at Google's DC office on May 7, 2018 with co-panelists Election Assistance Commission Chair Thomas Hicks; Philippa (Pippa) Scarlett, former Deputy Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at the White House; Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology; and Laura Rosenberger, Senior Fellow and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy.
Spoke on an Election Law Panel at the Federalism Past, Present, and Future Symposium at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California on March 23, 2018.
Spoke on a panel about the Special Counsel for ACS Stetson Chapter on March 20, 2018.
Spoke on a panel on "Foreign Influence in American Elections," at the Unrig the System Summit at Tulane University in New Orleans on February 2, 2018.
Presented her paper "Time Suck" in the New Voices in Legislation to the AALS Section on Legislation & Law of the Political Process on January 4, 2018 in San Diego, CA.
Spoke on a panel hosted by the American Constitution Society's Stetson Chapter "Supreme Court Preview" about Gill v. Whitford on Oct. 26, 2017.
Spoke on a panel entitled "Should Citizens United be Overturned?," at SEALS 2017 conference in Boca Raton on Aug. 4, 2017.
Spoke with Professor Rick Hasen on a panel entitled "The First Amendment and Political Speech in Campaign Finance Law" at California State Fullerton's Communications Week on April 25, 2017.
Spoke on a panel entitled "Framing the Big Picture, the legal and constitutional role of corporations in our democracy" with Professors Jennifer Taub and Elizabeth Pollman at Stetson Law Review's symposium on March 24, 2017.
On March 4, 2017, Professor Torres-Spelliscy spoke at the Federalist Society's 2017 National Student Symposium, on a panel called “Campaign Finance and Free Speech” at Columbia Law School. The Moderator was Hon. Richard J. Sullivan, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. The other member of the panel were:
- Prof. Brad Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, Capital University Law School; Former FEC Commissioner
- Prof. Richard Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law; and
- Prof. John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law.
Addressed the Florida Veterans for Common Sense about her book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State in Sarasota, FL on Dec. 15, 2016.
Addressed the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) 2016 Conference about "Campaign Finance Cases by the Clock: A Short Review of Major Cases" in New Orleans on Dec. 11, 2016.
Spoke on a Panel about Political Brands in the Age of Trump at Wesleyan Media Project 2016 Post-Election Conference on Dec. 5, 2016.
Addressed the Cardozo Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) about her book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State on Nov. 11. 2016.
Addressed Civic Hall in New York City about her book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State on Oct. 27, 2016.
Addressed Public Citizen about her book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State on Oct. 7, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
Addressed the Columbia Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) about her book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State on Sept. 20, 2016.
Spoke on a panel at the Federal Election Commission (FEC)'s Forum on Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence on June 23, 2016.
Spoke on a panel entitled "The $10 Billion Election: New Approaches to the study of Campaign finance in the post-Citizens United World" at Purchasing Power conference organized by the Scholars Strategy Network, Yale ISP, the Ford Foundations and Open Society Foundation on June 16, 2016 in New York.
Spoke on a panel entitled "What is Wrong with the First Amendment" at the Law and Society Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 3, 2016.
Addressed the Money in Politics Legal Convening at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on May 25, 2016.
Spoke on a panel entitled "Real Action, Real Hope" at Annual meeting of The National Institute on Money in State Politics in Bigfork, MT on May 21, 2016.
Spoke on a panel entitled "Interest Group Advertising, Corporate Spending, and Brand Identity" at the "Money and the First Amendment" symposium at University of Colorado at Boulder Law School sponsored by the Leroy Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment and the Byron R. White Center on April 15, 2016.
Spoke on a panel at the Center for American Progress's event "Our Democracy at Risk: How We Can Reclaim It" on April 12, 2016 about corporate money in politics.
Spoke on a panel about corporate culpability for human rights abuses at Criminal Liability 2.0 Symposium at Stetson University College of Law on Feb. 19, 2016.
Spoke on a panel entitled, "Plutocracy, Race, and Democracy in 2016" at Common Cause's “Blueprint for a Great Democracy” conference in Washington DC on Mar. 8, 2016.
Addressed the Mexican Electoral Tribunal in Mexico City on Oct. 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 Mar. 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 Jan. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Nov. 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 Mar. 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 Feb. 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 Mar. 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, Feb. 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," Jan. 2012.
Presented on a panel on independent expenditures at the "Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) Conference," in Nashville, Dec. 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, Nov. 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, Apr. 2011.
Presented on a panel on campaign finance law at CUNY-Baruch College School of Public Affairs' "Eighth Annual Public Affairs Week," Mar. 2011.
Presented on a panel on campaign finance law at University of San Francisco Law School Symposium, "Democracy Inc.," Feb. 2011.
Presented on a panel on corporate law at "Citizens United an Intersection of Laws" Symposium at Georgia State University College of Law, Nov. 2010.
Presented on a panel on campaign finance law at "Citizens Divided About Citizens United" Symposium at Chapman Law School on Oct. 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," Oct. 2009.
Presented on a panel about judicial selection at "Obama and Article III Judges," at Harvard Law School, Oct. 2009.