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RNLA National Election Law Seminar Day 1

8/4/2017 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Reception to follow at 5:30 p.m.)
  All Members

Amway Grand Plaza
187 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


The 2016 National Election Law Seminar in Denver, CO

Join the RNLA August 4-5 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the 2017 National Election Law Seminar. The National Election Law Seminar is the foremost election law seminar that deals with all matters related to voting and elections.

This year, the Seminar will have up to 9 CLE credit hours, including 1 hour of ethics credit with classes taught by national election law experts. This year's keynote speaker to close out the Seminar in RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. Topics and speakers this year include:

Election Litigation, the Voting Rights Act, the EAC, and Supreme Court Update

  • Mark Goins, Tennessee Coordinator of Elections
  • Hans von Spakovsky, Heritage Foundation
  • Trevor Stanley, Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Coordination and the Criminalization of Politics

  • Elliot Berke, RNLA President; Berke Farah LLP
  • Charles Spies, RNLA Board of Governors; Clark Hill PLC
  • Chris Winkelman, General Counsel, NRCC
  • Conventions and Primaries

  • Chris Marston, RNLA Virginia Chapter Chair; Election CFO
  • Doyle Webb, General Counsel, Republican National Committee; Chairman of Arkansas Republican Party
  • Election Administration Problems in Michigan, Fraud in Philadelphia, Recount Litigation, the Trump Campaign, and the Electoral College

  • Gary Gordon, Dykema Gossett PLLC
  • Linda Kerns, RNLA Pennsylvania Southeastern Chapter Chair; Law Offices of Linda A. Kerns LLC
  • Kory Langhofer, Statecraft PLLC
  • Politicization of the FEC

  • Ben Barr, Pillar of Law Institute; Lead Counsel to Project Veritas
  • Michael Columbo, Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni, LLP
  • Rudy Takala, The Hill
  • Electioneering Communications Laws and State Restrictions of Political Activity

  • Michael G. Adams, General Counsel, Republican Governors Association
  • Jason Torchinsky, Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC
  • Trey Trainor, Akerman LLP
  • Redistricting Litigation Update

  • Dale Oldham, Republican National Committee (Former)
  • John Ryder, RNLA Co-Chair; Member, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC
  • Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics
  • Recounts

  • Thor Hearne, Arent Fox LLP
  • Heather Heidelbaugh, RNLA Board of Governors; Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC
  • Mark Meuser, Meuser Law Group
  • So You’re Counsel to a Campaign…Now What?

  • Dan Backer, RNLA Advisory Council;
  • Jesse Binnall, Harvey & Binnall, PLLC
  • Eric Wang, Wiley Rein LLP
  • Donor Disclosure, Reporting, and Political Committee Status Issues

  • Anne Lewis, Counsel to Congresswoman Karen Handel
  • Audrey Perry Martin, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP
  • Joe Nixon, Akerman LLP
  • Volunteer Lawyers on Election Day

  • Craig Burkhardt, RNLA Board of Governors; Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
  • Marc Ellinger, RNLA Vice President for Finance; Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C.
  • Tom Spencer, RNLA Advisory Council; Thomas R. Spencer, P.A.
  • Ethics: Social Media and Safeguarding Electronic Client Information

  • Harvey Tettlebaum, RNLA Board of Governors; Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Ronald L. Hicks, Jr., RNLA Vice President for Communications; Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
  • Lowell Pearson, RNLA Missouri Chapter Chair; Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Presidential Election Commissions, State Enactment of Voluntary Standards for Election Administration, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act

  • Cameron Quinn, Former Secretary, Virginia Board of Elections
  • Justin Riemer, Virginia State Board of Elections (Former)
  • Campaign Finance Issues for In-House Counsel: Connected PACs, Corporate Contributions, and Corporate Speech

  • Margaret Howell, Americans for Prosperity
  • Jenny Kim, Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC
  • Ashlee Titus, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP
  • Mandatory Voter Registration, List Maintenance, and NVRA Compliance

  • Randy Berholtz, Sorrento Valley Law Group; Counsel to Election Integrity Project California
  • John Fogarty, Jr., RNLA Board of Governors; Law Office of John Fogarty, Jr.
  • In addition to legal training, the seminar will feature addresses by prominent Republican and conservative leaders including RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

    All registrations include lunches on both days with prominent keynote speakers, and a special reception Friday night at the Gerald R. Ford Museum.

    RNLA Registration Without CLE
    RNLA Registration With CLE
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    Saturday Only Ticket:
    This ticket will include one hour of ethics in the morning, and conclude with a luncheon featuring RNC Chairwoman McDaniel.

    Ticket Prices
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    For a mail-in form, please click here.

    Please note: This event is closed to the public, and attendance is restricted to RNLA Members and select pre-approved guests. To join the RNLA, please visit here.

    This year's Seminar will take place at the Amway Grand Plaza, located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, which Forbes Magazine calls one of the best 10 Downtowns in the U.S.A. Rooms at the Amway Grand Plaza under the RNLA rate are now sold out. Rooms are still available at the site of the Seminar here. Self-parking is available for $24.00 per day and valet parking is available for $29.00 per day (with unlimited in/out privileges).

    For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please click here. For questions on sponsoring, please email RNLA Deputy Director Brittany Walker at

    The RNLA would like to thank the following sponsors of the National Election Law Seminar:

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    And Manual Iglesias
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