Are Corporations Citizens?: Citizens United and the Future of American Democracy

Citizenship & Constitution Day 2010

Date and time

September 16, 2010, from 7 to 9 p.m.

About this event

The Center for the Study of Citizenship welcomes, Professor of Law, Joel Gora, for a talk about corporate citizenship. A panel discussion will follow.


Wayne State University Law School
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202


Keynote: Joel Gora

Professor of law, Brooklyn Law School

Joel Gora is a nationally known expert in the area of campaign finance law. He has been a member of the faculty since 1978, teaching constitutional law, civil procedure and a number of other related courses. He also formerly served as associate dean for Academic Affairs from 1993-1997 and again from 2002 through 2006. He is the author of a number of books and articles dealing with First Amendment and other constitutional law issues. His most recent book is Better Parties, Better Government, which he co-authored with financial market expert Peter J. Wallison. Professor Gora continues to be active in working on campaign finance policy issues, including filing briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States, advising various organizations and publishing articles in the news media. 

Following law school, he served for two years as the pro se law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also was a full-time lawyer for the ACLU, first as national staff counsel, then acting legal director and associate legal director. During his ACLU career, he worked on dozens of U.S. Supreme Court cases, including many landmark rulings. Chief among them was the case of Buckley v. Valeo, the Court’s historic 1976 decision on the relationship between campaign finance restrictions and First Amendment rights. He has worked, on behalf of the ACLU, on almost every one of the important campaign finance cases to come before the high court. He also served for more than 25 years on the board of directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and as one of its general counsel. He has served as well on a number of policy committees of the New York City Bar, and is also a member of the board of the Federal Bar Council.  

Moderator: Linda McKissack Beal

Professor of law, Wayne State University Law School


  • Steven L. Winter, professor of law, Wayne State University Law School
  • Juliette Okotie Eboh, senior vice president of public affairs, MGM Grand Detroit

Presentations and notes



  • Irvin D. Reid Honors College
  • Wayne State University Law School