Upcoming Event: Examining Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

Please join the Campaign Legal Center for an event featuring a series of panels that bring together campaign finance, cybersecurity, foreign policy and other experts to examine lessons learned from the 2016 Election.

The event is part of a series of events marking CLC’s 15 years of advancing democracy through law.

OCTOBER 12, 2017 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch will be served Pillsbury Building 1200 17th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20036

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10:00 a.m.  Welcome Trevor Potter,  President of the Campaign Legal Center and Former Republican Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Foreign Interference in the 2016 Elections: Russia and Beyond  Panelists:  Dana Priest, Investigative Reporter, Washington Post & Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News  Moderated by Sandhya Bathija, Director, Strategic Communications, Campaign Legal Center 

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Foreign Interference in the 2016 Elections: The Vulnerabilities of the Law Exposed  Panelists: Adav Noti, Senior Director, Trial Litigation and Strategy, Campaign Legal Center  Joe Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist and Director of the Internet Architecture project, Center for Democracy and Technology  Daniel Petalas, former head of enforcement at FEC and DOJ Public Integrity Section prosecutor Moderated by Tara Malloy, Senior Director, Appellate Litigation and Strategy, Campaign Legal Center   

1:00 p.m. – 1: 45 p.m. Lunch   

2:00 p.m. – 3: 15 p.m. Addressing Foreign Interference: How Can Disciplines Other than Election Law Inform Our Approach?  Panelists:  Max Bergmann, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Dr. Andrew Kuchins, Senior Fellow, Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University Laura Rosenberger, Director, Alliance for Securing Democracy, Senior Fellow, German-Marshall Fund Moderated by Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and contributing editor for The Atlantic

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. The Way Forward: Fixes for 2018 and Beyond  Panelists:  David Kolker, Counsel, Campaign Legal Center, and former head of litigation at the Federal Election Commission  Philippa Scarlett, former White House deputy intellectual property enforcement coordinator  Douglas Guilbeault, Oxford Internet Institute and Annenberg School for Communication

Moderated by Larry Noble, Senior Director and General Counsel, Campaign Legal Center 

Panelists include:


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Dana Priest has been a reporter for The Washington Post for nearly 30 years and is The Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism. She has covered mostly intelligence and defense issues and has been a contributor to NBC and CBS news, 60 Minutes and PBS’s Frontline.

Priest has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service  for “The Other Walter Reed” and the 2006 Pulitzer for Beat Reporting for her work on CIA secret prisons and counterterrorism operations overseas. She is author of two best-selling books, “THE MISSION: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America’s Military” which documents the military’s expanding influence over U.S. foreign affairs (2003), and Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State (2011). 

She is the founder of PressUncuffed.org, an online publication of student journalism and research on press freedom issues at home and abroad. 


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Michael Isikoff is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who joined Yahoo News in 2014 as Chief Investigative Correspondent. He previously served as national investigative correspondent for NBC News between 2010 and 2014 and for Newsweek magazine between 1994 and 2010. Isikoff is the author of two New York Times best-selling books: “Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War,” co-written with David Corn, and "Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter's Story," which chronicled his own reporting of the Monica Lewinsky story. In 2015, he wrote and produced “Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays,” a widely acclaimed documentary about the FBI’s “sex deviates’ program that was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for best documentary by the Radio Television Digital News Association.  

Isikoff has written extensively on the U.S. government's war on terrorism, presidential politics and other national issues. At Newsweek.com his blog “DeClassified - Investigative Reporting in Real Time,” written with Mark Hosenball, become a must-read for senior U.S. officials. Their previous web column, “Terror Watch,” also written for Newsweek.com, won the 2005 Society of Professional Journalists award for best investigative reporting online. Isikoff's exclusive reporting on the Monica Lewinsky scandal gained him national attention in 1998 and his coverage of the events that lead to President Bill Clinton's impeachment earned Newsweek the prestigious National Magazine Award in the Reporting category in 1999. Isikoff's Lewinsky reporting also won the National Headliner Award, the Edgar A. Poe Award presented by the White House Correspondents Association and the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Reporting on the Presidency. In 2009, Isikoff was named on a list of the 50 “Best and Most Influential Journalists" in the nation's capital by Washingtonian magazine. Isikoff also worked at The Washington Post, where he had been a reporter between 1981 and 1994. Isikoff graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in 1974 and received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1976.


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Adav Noti is CLC's Senior Director, Trial Litigation & Strategy. He directs CLC’s litigation in the federal district courts, where he coordinates, implements, and manages CLC’s trial court strategy.

Prior to joining CLC, Adav served for more than ten years in several capacities within the Office of General Counsel of the Federal Election Commission. From 2013 to 2017, as Associate General Counsel for Policy, Adav oversaw all legal recommendations regarding the FEC’s regulations and advisory opinions. From 2007 to 2012, as Acting Assistant General Counsel and an attorney in the FEC’s Litigation Division, he litigated dozens of constitutional cases in district courts, courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court, including the landmark cases of Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC. 

In 2011-12, Adav served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, prosecuting criminal matters in the District of Columbia courts. From 2004 to 2007, he was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison.

Adav is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a Complaint Examiner for the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his law degree from New York University, and his master’s degree from Georgetown University. After law school, he clerked for Judge Berle M. Schiller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 


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Joseph Lorenzo Hall is the Chief Technologist and Director of the Internet Architecture project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring digital rights and that the internet remains open, innovative and free. Hall's work focuses on the intersection of technology, law, and policy, working to ensure that technical considerations are appropriately embedded into legal and policy instruments.  Supporting work across all of CDT's programmatic areas, Hall provides substantive technical expertise to CDT's programs, and interfaces externally with CDT supporters, stakeholders, academics, and technologists. Hall leads CDT's Internet Architecture project, which focuses on embedding human rights values into core internet standards and infrastructure, engaging technologists in policy work, producing accessible technical material for policymakers, and specific lines of work associated with reducing chilling effects to security research and the cybersecurity of voting technologies. Prior to joining CDT in 2012, Hall was a postdoctoral research fellow with Helen Nissenbaum at New York University, Ed Felten at Princeton University and Deirdre Mulligan at University of California, Berkeley. Hall received his Ph.D. in information systems from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2008. His Ph.D. thesis used electronic voting as a critical case study in digital government transparency. In his postdoctoral work, he developed techniques to increase the efficiency and usability of accountability mechanisms in electronic elections. Hall holds master's degrees in astrophysics and information systems from UC Berkeley and was a founding member of the National Science Foundation's ACCURATE Center (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable and Transparent Elections). He has served as an expert on independent teams invited by the States of California, Ohio and Maryland to analyze legal, privacy, security, usability and economic aspects of voting systems. Hall is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Voter Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Verified Voting Foundation and a member of technical advisory boards to the Electronic Registration Information Center and Los Angeles County's Voting System Assessment Project. In 2012, Hall received the John Gideon Memorial Award from the Election Verification Network for contributions to election verification.


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Dan Petalas is an owner in the Washington, DC office of Garvey Schubert Barer and focuses his practice on white collar and government investigations.  As the immediate past Acting General Counsel and former head of the Enforcement Division of the Federal Election Commission, Dan supervised the comprehensive litigation, enforcement, and investigative programs of the Commission.  For nine years prior, Dan was a federal corruption prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice in its Public Integrity Section.  Among other cases, Dan was a member of the team that investigated and prosecuted the Jack Abramoff-related lobbying scandal, resulting in 21 guilty pleas and convictions, and helped supervise the FBI investigation of a former federal judge, leading to his impeachment based evidence obtained during that investigation.  Dan is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas M. Reavley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


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Max Bergmann is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where he focuses on European security and U.S.-Russia policy. From 2011 to 2017, he served in the U.S. Department of State in a number of different positions, including as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he focused on political-military affairs and nonproliferation; special assistant to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security; speechwriter to Secretary of State John Kerry; and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. Prior to serving in the State Department, he worked at American Progress as a Military and Nonproliferation Policy Analyst and at the National Security Network as the deputy policy director. Bergmann received his master’s degree from the London School of Economics in comparative politics and his bachelor’s degree from Bates College.


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  Dr. Andrew C. Kuchins is a Senior Fellow and Research Professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CERES) in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has previously held senior positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He also taught and held research positions at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

He is the author and editor of 6 books, including The Russia Balance Sheet (With Anders Aslund), Russia after the Fall and more than 100 academic articles, book chapters, reports, and op-eds. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Long Game of US-Russia-Relations: What We Should Have Learned and What We Should Do Now that will be published in December 2016. He regularly consults with U.S. government agencies and officials, foreign policymakers, and business about developments in Russia and Eurasia, and is frequently called upon for commentary and analysis by leading U.S. and foreign media.


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Laura Rosenberger is the director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Before she joined GMF, she was foreign policy advisor for Hillary for America, where she coordinated development of the campaign’s national security policies, messaging, and strategy. Prior to that, she served for over a decade in a range of positions at the State Department and the White House’s National Security Council (NSC). As chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and then-Deputy National Security Advisor Blinken’s senior advisor, she counseled on the full range of national security policy. In her role at the NSC, she also managed the interagency Deputies Committee, the U.S. government’s senior-level interagency decision-making forum on our country’s most pressing national security issues. Laura also has extensive background in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Northeast Asia.


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David Kolker is Counsel, New Jurisprudence for CLC.

David has spent decades litigating cases in both the public and private sectors. He worked for nearly 20 years at the Federal Election Commission, where he litigated cases before federal courts on federal campaign finance laws, advised the Commission and its General Counsel, and for several years led the agency’s Litigation Division.  He represented the government in dozens of oral arguments, including the government’s defense in SpeechNow.org v. FEC before the D.C. Circuit sitting en banc.

David joins CLC from the Federal Communications Commission where he served as the Deputy Bureau Chief, Enforcement Bureau. He previously was a partner at the law firm Spiegel and McDiarmid in Washington, D.C. During that time, he litigated cases in energy, environmental, intellectual property and antitrust law. He also served as legislative counsel for a national coalition of local governments advocating reform of federal environmental laws. Early in his career, David worked as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section.

David has a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a bachelor of arts from Yale University.


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Philippa (Pippa) Scarlett served as the White House Deputy Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Obama Administration.  In that role, she developed and coordinated intellectual property enforcement policy across the U.S. federal government, including policy to support IP-intensive industries and policy to combat cyber-enabled trade secret theft, online commercial piracy, and the global trade in counterfeit products and related consumer protection and supply chain integrity challenges.  Through engagement with other White House offices and the leadership of U.S. federal agencies, U.S. Congress, private industry, and public interest groups, Pippa co-led the development of the federal government’s national strategy for IP enforcement. By statute, the national strategic plan is the blueprint for the U.S. Government’s IP enforcement activity for 2017-2019.  

Before her tenure at the White House, Pippa served as Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.  As a member of DOJ's senior leadership team, her portfolio included management of policy as well as civil and criminal enforcement matters of the Civil Rights Division (especially voting rights, hate crimes, pattern and practice cases in the policing context, employment discrimination, and international human rights); Antitrust Division; Access to Justice Office (including civil legal aid and indigent defense), and intellectual property matters across the agency. 

Before her most recent government service, Pippa was a litigation partner at the international law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  Her practice consisted of high-stakes litigation in trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, on a broad range of topics including product liability, mass torts, constitutional law, and where antitrust and intellectual property intersect. Her pro bono practice included litigating high-profile matters involving voting rights, affirmative action, and poverty law.  She was featured by the National Law Journal as among the top Minority 40 Under 40 attorneys in the country for her work.  

Earlier in her career, she practiced at the law firm of Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP where her practice consisted of high-stakes antitrust litigation.  She also successfully represented torture survivors in obtaining asylum in the U.S.  

Pippa clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Ann C. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, IL.  She has her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, her Master's from Harvard University, and her law degree from Columbia Law School.  

She has served on several Boards of national organizations.  She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT).


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Douglas R. Guilbeault is a Researcher in the Network Dynamics Group and PhD Student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Doug is a computational social scientist who studies social bots and conducts online experiments to study collective dynamics. His writing on bots has appeared in IJOC, the Atlantic, Wired, and Quartz. He is the author, along with Samuel Woolley, of the project report “Computational Propaganda in the United States of America: Manufacturing Consensus Online.”



Thank you to our generous sponsor of the event, Democracy Fund.