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Welcome to the Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc Roundtable. This feature, which began in autumn 2009, hosts debates among legal academics and practitioners, usually on notable cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, although other legal issues may also be addressed. These articles can be on anything related to the selected issue, such as the merits of a particular argument, the practical implications of a potential ruling, the propriety of certiorari in a case, or the implications of proposed regulatory path. Roundtable allow participants to voice their views in a scholarly forum as the law is being made at the highest level. Articles from the feature have twice been cited in Supreme Court opinions: in Free Enterprise Fund v. PCAOB, decided in 2010, and in Golan v. Holder, decided in 2012.

Roundtable: Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar

Our current Roundtable considers Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, to be argued before the Supreme Court on January 20, 2015. In Williams-Yulee, the Court considers whether a rule of judicial conduct that bans judicial candidates from directly soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. The case has important implications, as currently thirty-nine states elect at least some of their judges and at least twenty have adopted rules of judicial conduct that prohibit candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds. Beyond an obvious split among both federal and state appellate courts, Williams-Yulee presents a conflict between the scope of protection afforded by the First Amendment of political speech and the need for judicial impartiality and integrity. Authors Robert O’Neil, Ruthann Robson, Chris Bonneau, Shane Redman, David Earley, Matthew Menendez, Stephen Ware, Charles Geyh, Burt Neuborne, Michael DeBow, and Brannon Denning tackle these questions and more in their contributions.


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