Lawyer to discuss Supreme Court ruling
The League of Women Voters of Westport and the leagues of Fairfield, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Weston and Wilton will host a talk by Massachusetts attorney Jeff Clements on Supreme Court Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. The event, open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.
Clements, author of "Corporations Are Not People," is president and co-founder of the nonpartisan Free Speech for People and is leading its national campaign to challenge the creation of Constitutional rights for corporations and overturn the Citizens United decision. In his presentation, he will discuss the history of corporate "personhood" in U.S. law, its impact on political campaign finance and current national efforts to pass a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision.
Clements served as assistant attorney general and chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office from 2007 to 2009, according to a news release. From 1996 to 2000, he had served as assistant attorney general and worked on litigation against the tobacco industry and handled a range of other investigations and litigation to enforce consumer protection and antitrust laws.
He has been a partner in the Boston law firms of Mintz Levin and Clements & Clements LLP, which he founded in 2003. He has also practiced in Maine, where he represented clients in a variety of litigations, investigations and prosecutions and was also co-founder and director of Friends of Casco Bay, an environmental advocacy organization focused on protection and stewardship of Maine's Casco Bay.
A brief Q & A will follow the presentation. Barnes & Noble will have copies of his book, "Corporations Are Not People," available for purchase at the event. For information, call 203-227-6114 or email dskutch@yahoo.