What’s Next After Williams-Yulee?

Law360, New York (May 12, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT) -- In October, I previewed Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar, a First Amendment challenge to a provision of Florida’s Code of Judicial Conduct prohibiting candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign contributions (rather that soliciting and accepting campaign contributions through a campaign committee). On April 29, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the constitutional challenge, holding that the regulation was narrowly tailored to further the state’s compelling interest in judicial integrity.

In its decision, the court recognized that the role of the judiciary is fundamentally different than that...
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