December 8, 2016

A New American Political System?

NYU School of Law, in cooperation with NYU Washington, DC and the Law School's Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic, debuted the inaugural Sidley Austin Forum.  This annual forum, supported by a gift from international law firm Sidley Austin, explored topics critical to American democracy.

In the wake of the 2016 elections, the program addressed the evolving role of political parties, the state and direction of campaign finance law, changes in news and social media, and related topics.

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Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden delivered remarks at the inaugural Sidley Austin Forum hosted by NYU School of Law at NYU Washington, DC.

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., was born November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the first of four siblings. In 1953, the Biden family moved from Pennsylvania to Claymont, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council. Then, at age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate. 

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Convening of Conference

Sally Katzen

Sally Katzen

John J. Kuster

John J. Kuster

Panel I: The Role of Parties (and Third Parties)

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Rick Boucher

Rick Boucher (Moderator)

Benjamin Ginsberg

Benjamin Ginsberg

David Keating

David Keating

Richard Pildes

Richard Pildes

Panel II: The State and Direction of Campaign Finance

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Bob Bauer

Bob Bauer (Moderator)

David Donnelly

David Donnelly

Richard Hasen

Richard Hasen

Samuel Issacharoff

Samuel Issacharoff

Panel III: The Changing Role of the News and Social Media

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Sally Katzen

Sally Katzen (Moderator)

Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus

Jen Psaki

Jen Psaki

Panel IV:  Effect of Developments in Technology on the Nature and Dissemination of Political Information and the Conduct of Campaigns

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Cameron Kerry

Cameron Kerry (Moderator)

Scott Goodstein

Scott Goodstein

Nathaniel Persily

Nathaniel Persily

Joe Rospars

Joe Rospars

Closing Presentation

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trevor Morrison

Trevor Morrison

Fred Yang

Frederick Yang