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Public Programs: Law Day Celebration this Thursday and Friday

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Please join us for the Stephen R. Volk '57 Law Day Lecture, "Dark Money and Shadow Parties: The Real Problem in Campaign Finance" with Heather K. Gerken at 4:30 pm in Rockefeller 003 on Thursday, April 30.

Also join us for the public panel, "Money in Politics: A Discussion of Recent Developments" at 3:00 pm in Rockefeller 003 on Friday, May 1.

Observed annually on May 1, Law Day is a national celebration of the rule of law in the United States. Law Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of law and the legal system in our society. It allows us to appreciate the vitality of the law and importance of legal processes to the way our democratic system functions.

Yale Law School's Heather Gerkin will deliver a lecture on dark money and shadow parties.

This year, the 2015 Law Day Celebration at Dartmouth will focus on the relationship between corporate spending and American politics and how the Citizens United ruling has led to concerns about "dark money." A public lecture and panel will focus on the broad theme of money in politics, examining how the constitutional constraints on campaign finance have affected reform efforts. These events will highlight the effects of recent judicial rulings on the influence of "dark money" in the American political system.

The Rockefeller Center, the Dartmouth Lawyers Association, and the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group are excited to celebrate Law Day this year with a public lecture and panel. Heather K. Gerken, the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will deliver a lecture on Thursday entitled "Dark Money and Shadow Parties: The Real Problem in Campaign Finance." Joining Professor Gerken on Friday's panel entitled "Money in Politics: A Discussion of Recent Developments" will be Gilles Bissonnette, Staff Lawyer from the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union; David Weeks, Executive Director of Open Democracy; and moderator John Greabe '85, Professor of Law at UNH School of Law.

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