September 04, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Richard HasenRichard Hasen will give the talk, "One Dollar, One Vote: Campaign Finance, Equality and the Supreme Court," Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is held in celebration of Constitution Day. It is sponsored by the Legal Studies program at Bucknell and funded by the Putterman Lecture Fund.

Hasen, who is Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation.

Co-author of a leading casebook on election law, he is the author of more than 80 articles on election law issues published in numerous journals including the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review and Supreme Court Review. His newest book, The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, was published in 2012 by Yale University Press.

Hasen's op-eds and commentaries have appeared in many publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and Slate. He also writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog. From 2001-10, he served (with Dan Lowenstein) as founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal.  

Elected to the American Law Institute in 2009, he was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal in 2013.

Hasen holds a B.A. degree (with highest honors) from UC Berkeley, and a J.D., M.A. and Ph.D. (Political Science) from UCLA. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and worked as a civil appellate lawyer at the Encino firm Horvitz and Levy.

From 1994-97, Hasen taught at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and from 1998-2011 at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was named the William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law in 2005. He joined the UC Irvine School of Law faculty in July 2011, and is a faculty member of the UC Irvine Center for the Study of Democracy.

Constitution Day was proposed in 2004 by Sen. Robert C. Byrd as a way to ensure that students gain an increased knowledge and appreciation for this valuable and important document of freedom. Congress declared Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the day the document was adopted in 1787.

The Putterman Lecture was established by Arnold L. Putterman, a 1960 Bucknell graduate. The lecture is intended to address prominent current issues with a specific focus on politics, government and/or the economy.

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