Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar
Petitioner, a judicial candidate for a Florida County Court, filed suit challenging the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct rule prohibiting candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds. The Florida Supreme Court found petitioner guilty of violating the solicitation prohibition and rejected her argument that the prohibition violated the First Amendment.
The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the solicitation ban on April 29, 2015, holding that the law was narrowly tailored to advance the government’s compelling interest in “preserving public confidence in the integrity of its judiciary.
The CLC filed an amici brief along with several other groups defending the judicial canon under challenge.