George T. Patton, Jr. ’84, an attorney at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Washington, DC, recently visited a Harvard Law School reading group that is studying “Judicial Independence, Judicial Ethics and the First Amendment.” He was invited to lead a discussion about the aftermath of the case, Republican Party of Minnesota vs. White, 536 U.S. 765 (2002). 

Students in the reading group, taught by former Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, are examining the origins of judicial elections in the United States, and tensions that have arisen between the First Amendment and canons of judicial ethics in the wake of three cases: White as well as Citizen’s United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 50 (2010) and Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal, 556 U.S. 868 (2009).

George was a History major at Wabash and studied at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.  He is a graduate of Indiana University Mauer School of Law.