The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law held a fascinating discussion with America’s top election lawyer, Rick Hasen, to discuss the complicated legacy of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his outsized impact on election laws. Scalia was a major part of controversial Supreme Court decisions regarding elections including the infamous Citizens United and the gutting of the 1965’s Voting Rights Act. Here is the event description from the invitation:
Considered one of the most influential justices to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia left behind a complex legacy as a conservative legal thinker and disruptive public intellectual. A vivid writer known for caustic dissents, Justice Scalia was crucial to reshaping jurisprudence during his three decades on the bench. According to Richard Hasen, author of the new book The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, Scalia’s jurisprudence and confrontational style disrupted the American legal system, delegitimizing opponents and leading a conservative renaissance on the Court.
Join Richard Hasen — professor at University of California, Irvine and one of The National Law Journal’s 100 most influential lawyers in America — as he delves into the complicated legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia. He will be interviewed by leading legal journalist Joan Biskupic, author of the definitive biography of Justice Scalia.
Hasen is widely recognized as a top election expert and is a longtime friend of Democracy Chronicles – helping us from the very beginning. According to his bio at the University of California, Irvine:
Professor Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, and is co-author of a leading casebook on election law.
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 served as an Adviser on ALI’s law reform project, Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes.
Professor 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.
In the video, Hasen was interviewed by Joan Biskupic, a CNN legal analyst and accomplished Supreme Court biographer who is also the author of American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a soon-to-be-released biography of Chief Justice Roberts. The video is about 70 minutes. Take a look: