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Today’s Challenges to a Functional Congress: Revitalizing Article I March 15, 2019 The University Club, 76 East Monroe Street, Chicago Sponsored by the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation

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When: 03/15/2019
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University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 
United States
Contact: Debbie Groboski
312 692 2636

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Today’s Challenges to a Functional Congress: Revitalizing Article I
A Symposium
March 15, 2019
University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe, Chicago IL 60603

Sponsored by the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation


Co-Sponsored by the Federalist Society (Chicago Lawyers Chapter) and

the American Constitution Society (Chicago Lawyers Chapter)


8:30 – 9:00               


9:00 – 9:30               

Opening Remarks

Michael Brody, Chair, Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation

Hon. Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Sen. Richard Durbin (subject to the Senate’s calendar)

9:30 – 10:00
Session 1 - Nature of Money in Politics

Sheila Krumholtz, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics, or Sarah Bryner, Research Director, Center for Responsive Politics, Washington, DC

10:00 – 10:45
Session 2 - Money in Politics

Sen. Russell Feingold, Visiting Professor, Yale Law School; former United States Senator; Middleton, Wisconsin

10:45 - 11:00    

Morning Break

11:00 – 11:20
Session 3 – Political Advertising

Michael Franz, Co-Director, Wesleyan Media Project; Professor, Bowdoin College; Brunswick, Maine

11:20 – 12:30
Session 4 – Impact of Changes in Journalism and Social Media on Democracy


Phil Ponce, broadcast journalist (invited)


Tim Franklin, Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Medill School of Journalism

Angie Holan, Editor, PolitiFact, Washington, DC

Chris Benson, Associate Professor, Medill School of Journalism

Doreen Weisenhaus, Director of the Media Law and Policy Initiative, Medill School of Journalism; Senior Lecturer, Medill School of Journalism and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch – Provided to In-Person Attendees

1:30 – 2:45
Session 5 - Political Redistricting/Gerrymandering

Nick Stephanopoulos, Professor, University of Chicago School of Law

Chris Warshaw, Assistant Professor, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Katie Fahey, Executive Director, Voters not Politicians, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2:45 - 3:00        

Afternoon Break

3:00 - 4:00

Session 6 - Impact of Rules of Legislatures on Democracy/Congressional Capacity

Laurel Harbridge-Yong, Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Hon. Dan Lipinski, Congressman and political scientist

James Curry, Assistant Professor, University of Utah

4:00 – 5:00
Session 7 - How Do We Assure the System Attracts the Best Candidates? 

Hon. Ray LaHood, former Congressman and former United States Secretary of Transportation; co-author, “Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics,” Peoria, Illinois

Hon. John Shadegg, former Congressman; Polsinelli, Phoenix, AZ

Sen. Jeff Flake, former United States Senator, Mesa, Arizona (invited)

Other speakers from the day’s programs

5:00 - 6:00