Becker & Poliakoff Files Amicus Brief in Williams-Yulee Campaign Finance Case Before US Supreme Court

Becker & Poliakoff Files Amicus Brief in Williams-Yulee Campaign Finance Case Before US Supreme Court

Becker & Poliakoff is honored to be representing three retired chief justices of the Florida Supreme Court (Major Harding, Harry Lee Anstead, and Stephen Grimes) and four past presidents of The Florida Bar in an important campaign finance case being argued next week before the United States Supreme Court. The case, Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, addresses the constitutionality of a rule prohibiting judges and judicial candidates from directly soliciting campaign contributions (requiring them to use campaign committees for fundraising). Shareholder (and board-certified appellate attorney) Daniel Wallach wrote the amici curiae brief submitted on behalf of the Florida Bar leaders. The amicus brief, which has received extensive media coverage tells the story of Florida’s past judicial corruption (circa the 1970’s) (see links below) and why Florida has an especially compelling state interest in preserving the ban, which is being challenged on First Amendment grounds. The case is set for oral argument on January 20, 2015.