This week’s podcast discusses political law. On the program we have Kenneth Gross, Partner and Head of the Political Law Practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates; Craig Engle, founder of the Political Law Group at Arent Fox LLP; and Susan Gallagher, Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Our first guest, Kenneth Gross, explains how political law became a practice after the Watergate scandal of the 1970s. He says political law can cover topics from campaign finance to election regulation, and suggests that, although politics and law are different disciplines, they can sometimes come together for a variety of reasons (i.e., law creation). He also discusses the different fields that students interested in the field of political law can practice and work in.
Our second guest, Craig Engle, talks about the close link between conflict resolution and political law. He also speaks about the importance of having legal political experience for those interested in entering into politics or government. Engle suggests that students interested in practicing political law or becoming politicians visit Washington D.C. for a semester, to truly understand what it is like to be surrounded by all aspects of government.
Our final guest, Susan Gallagher, has an academic’s perspective of politics and the law. She suggests that law and politics, while not the same conceptually, certainly resemble each other in some aspects. She talks about the importance of having a solid background in political law for those students interested in entering into political and government, and suggests that students begin their instruction in that field by majoring in political science at their undergraduate institution.
Craig Engle – Founder of the Political Law Group at Arent Fox LLP
Kenneth Gross – Partner and Head of the Political Law Practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Susan Gallagher – Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell