2021 Spring Altheimer Symposium Speakers

Speakers

The Honorable Lynn Adelman is a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.  He was appointed in 1997 by President Clinton.  Before becoming a judge, he practiced law in New York City where he was an attorney for the Criminal Courts Division of the Legal Aid Society and in Milwaukee.  As a lawyer, he handled many constitutional cases including Wisconsin v. Mitchell, in which he argued in the Supreme Court that hate crime penalty enhancers violated the First Amendment.  He also argued a number of cases in the Wisconsin Supreme Court including cases involving the governor’s line item veto power, a criminal defendant’s right to bail and the right to counsel of indigent parents facing termination of their parental rights.  Judge Adelman also served as a Wisconsin state senator for twenty years where he chaired the senate judiciary committee.  He is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University Law School.

Preston Eldridge is a managing attorney at Caprock Law Firm, which specializes in transactional and government law.  He was a campaign manager and senior counsel in a US Senate race, and is a founder of ForARPeople.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes responsible democracy in Arkansas through media and education.  Through this organization he established a system to help absentee voters cure ballot defects so their votes would get counted, and set up an infrastructure that deployed poll watchers throughout the state.  As counsel, in the 2020 election cycle he brought litigation challenging signature matching procedures, and arguing for COVID-19 to qualify as reason for an absentee ballot.

Susan Inman was a former Director of Elections for a previous Arkansas Secretary of State, a former member of the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners, and a former President of the Arkansas County Election Commissions Association. She has served with the U.S. Department of State as an international election observer for over a dozen elections in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. In the 2020 election cycle, she served as an expert witness on Arkansas election practices and policies, in at least two different voter protection lawsuits.

Christoph Keller is an Associate at Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC.  He is a litigator that has brought cases involving free speech and voter protection, and has also testified before the Arkansas Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the Arkansas Press Association.  Mr. Keller was recently included in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in the area of commercial litigation.  He has successfully defended a television network and political group against censorship, and represented a news agency that successfully intervened into a capital murder case to obtain access to court documents.  In the 2020 election cycle, he worked with John Tull challenging the absentee ballot count time.

Jean Reith Schroedel is the Thornton Bradshaw professor of politics and policy at Claremont Graduate University. She has written or co-edited six books, including Is the Fetus Person? A Comparison of Policies Across the Fifty States that was given the APSA’s Victoria Schuck Book Award, as well as more than 50 scholarly articles.  In 2017, she was awarded the Claremont Colleges Diversity in Teaching Award.  Her recent research has focused on voting rights issues affecting Native Americans.  Schroedel was an expert witness in the Wandering Medicine v. McCulloch and Yazzie v. Hobbs cases and did research that was used in the Poor Bear v. Jackson County and Sanchez v. Cegavske cases.    Her most recent book, Voting in Indian Country: The View from the Trenches, which has just been published, is an outgrowth of this research.

Senator Clarke Tucker currently serves on the Arkansas Senate as of January 2021, and prior to that he served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019.  Senator Tucker is also a practicing attorney with Tucker Law and Poynter Tucker Law, where his primary practice has been in litigation.  He not only has defended newspapers against defamation claims, but also has assisted Arkansans seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act.  In the current legislative session he is sponsoring a number of voter protection bills, protecting the right of the disabled and of non-native English speakers to obtain assistance in voting booth, and protecting the right of absentee voters to have their ballots counted.

John Tull is a founding member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC. In over 100 jury trials, Mr. Tull has served as lead counsel in a vast array of subject matters.  He serves as general counsel for the Arkansas Press Association and instituted their Libel Hotline. Mr. Tull has received numerous state and national awards, including the Freedom of Information Award in 2018, and in 2021, was  named one of the leading business litigation lawyers in Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Best Lawyers.  He also is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers.  In the 2020 election cycle, he brought a case challenging a statute that limited the counting of absentee ballots to 11 hours on Election Day.