Faculty Notes

Prof. James Sample Speaks at Symposium on Dark Money’s Impact on Judicial Elections

James Sample , Professor of Law

Professor James Sample served as a panelist at the 23rd annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy. The topic of the two-day symposium, which featured judges, scholars, and lawyers, was “The Impact of Dark Money on Judicial Elections and Judicial Behavior.”

Professor Sample presented a draft of his forthcoming article in the DePaul Law Review, “The Agnostic’s Guide to Judicial Selection.”

The symposium was hosted on April 20-21 by DePaul University College of Law.

About the Symposium
In light of recent political events and the profound changes worked in the electoral landscape by the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., the Symposium will explore one of the most pressing issues in civil justice today, maintaining the integrity of the judicial system in an era of virtually unrestricted campaign contributions. The issue will be examined from empirical, experiential, and remedial perspectives. There will be two panels of empiricists asked to explore the impact of campaign contributions on who gets elected and how they conduct themselves once on the bench. Among the social scientists who will participate are leaders in the field, scholars who have been responsible for much of the key research on the impact of campaign financing.

View more details about the symposium on the DePaul College of Law website.