UC College of Law lecture examines issues surrounding U.S. elections

Ohio is a bellwether state for national elections and the University of Cincinnati College of Law is leading the conversation about the particularly important topic of election law. Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and UC Law’s Dean Verna Williams will discuss U.S. elections with topics such as voter suppression, foreign interference, and the resilience of our electoral system during their interactive conversation “The Resilience of Our Electoral System.” This event, the 2020 Constitution Day lecture, will be held at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 via WebEx. 

CLE: approved in OH and KY for 1.0 hour of CLE


Hasen’s presentation will be grounded by his recently published book Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American DemocracyElection Meltdown argues for systemic reform, based on such cases as Bush v. Gore and Fish v. Kobach [840 F3d 710 (10th Cir. 2018)].

About the lecturer

Professor Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, writing as well in the areas of legislation and statutory interpretation, remedies, and torts. Hasen is co-author of leading casebooks in election law and remedies.

From 2001-2010, he served (with Dan Lowenstein) as founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal. He is the author of over 100 articles on election law issues, published in numerous journals including the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review and Supreme Court Review. He was elected to The American Law Institute in 2009 and serves as Reporter (with Professor Douglas Laycock) on the ALI’s law reform project: Restatement (Third) of Torts: Remedies. He also is an adviser on the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Concluding Provisions.

Professor Richard Hasen

Professor Richard Hasen

Hasen was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal in 2013, and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2005 and 2016 by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. His op-eds and commentaries have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, and Slate. He also writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog, which the ABA Journal named to its “Blawg 100 Hall of Fame” in 2015. The Green Bag recognized his 2018 book, The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, for exemplary legal writing, and his 2016 book, Plutocrats United, received a Scribes Book Award Honorable Mention. His newest book, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy was published by Yale University Press in 2020.

Professor Hasen holds a BA degree from UC Berkeley, and a JD, MA, and PhD from UCLA. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then worked as a civil appellate lawyer at Horvitz and Levy. From 1994-1997, he taught at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and from 1998-2011 he taught at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was named the William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law in 2005. Hasen joined the UC Irvine School of Law faculty in 2011 and is a faculty member of the UC Irvine Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy.

This lecture is made possible through the generous support of the Alfred B. Katz Constitution Day Fund in memory of Alfred B. Katz '35.