What Happens (In Our Courts) When America Votes?

The Election Law Program, a collaboration of the National Center for State Courts and the William & Mary Law School, hosted a four-part webinar series to provide educational resources on election law topics.

Webinar Recordings

WEBINAR 4: October 19th, 2020 at 4:00 PM EDT

What’s the Message and How to Deliver It?
Perspectives on Election Litigation Communications from the Courts

State court election litigation filings are on the rise and expected to continue post-election. Courts are likely going to play a role in resolving these cases, in a highly charged public atmosphere. In this webinar panelists offer practical tips for courts on how to prepare and deliver election litigation news in a timely, fair and impartial way.


  • The Honorable Maureen O’Connor, Chief Justice, The Supreme Court of Ohio
  • The Honorable Terry Lewis, Judge (retired), Second Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
  • Aaron Nash, Communications Director, Arizona Supreme Court and Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Craig Waters, Director, Public Information Office, Florida Supreme Court
  • Mary McQueen, President, National Center for States Courts

Slides: Lessons Learned from the Bush v. Gore Cases in 2000 (PDF)

WEBINAR 3: Wednesday, October 14th, 2020, 2:00 PM EDT

Election Safeguards for the Judiciary

The judiciary cannot stop disinformation and misinformation campaigns aimed to undermine our elections. But the judiciary does play a key role in safeguarding our elections through the impartial resolution of election disputes. In this webinar panelists will discuss disinformation campaigns, cybersecurity and election observation to alert judges to issues that may arise and safeguards that exist to protect our democratic system of elections.


  • Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Advisor for Homeland Security and Director of the Defending Democratic Institutions Project, Center for Strategic & International Studies
  • Siobhan Gorman, Partner with the Brunswick Group
  • Kemba Walden, Senior Counsel for Cyber and Democracy, Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center
  • Avery Davis-Roberts, Associate Director for the Democratic Election Standards Project, The Carter Center

WEBINAR 2: Friday, October 9th, 2020, 3:00 PM EDT

Legal Remedies for Election Litigation

The election might be a few weeks away, but the litigation has started. This webinar will outline the litigation trends courts across the country are experiencing – and expected to experience. Panelists will explore available legal remedies that courts might apply and discuss the issues, core principles, and the caselaw that informs these issues. Topics include: pre-election, election day, and post-election litigation.


  • Rebecca Green, Kelly Professor for Excellence in Teaching and Election Law Program Co-Director, William & Mary Law School
  • Justin Levitt, Professor of Law and Gerald T. McLaughlin Fellow, Loyola Marymount University
  • Daniel P. Tokaji, Fred W. & Vi Miller Dean and Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Michael T. Morley, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Law

WEBINAR 1: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020, 2:00 PM EDT

Everything You Need to Know About Election Administration

The first webinar in the series, Everything You Need to Know About Elections Administration, discusses methods that Americans use to vote, what happens when the polls close, mechanisms in place to safeguard elections administration, and promising tools emerging to improve elections administration.


  • Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director, National Association of Secretaries of State
  • Judd Choate, Director of Elections, Colorado Department of State, National Association of State Elections Directors Past President
  • Amber McReynolds, Chief Executive Officer, National Vote at Home Institute