02 Nov November 2, 2020 – Defending Electoral College Robert Hardaway, Global Governance Augusto Lopez-Claros and Guard your Vote Robb Brown
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Robert Hardaway – Professor at Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver
Robert M. Hardaway is a Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he teaches evidence and civil procedure and election law. Prior to entering academia, Professor Hardaway served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps where he processed civil claims and also served as both a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer. After serving four years, he joined the Denver law firm of Rovira, Demuth, and Eiberger where he practiced civil litigation. He also later served as a Deputy District attorney for Arapahoe County and rounded out his litigation career as a Colorado Deputy Public Defender, where he handled hundreds of felony cases, including death penalty cases. He has been voted best professor by his students. Professor Hardaway is the author or co-author of 37 law review articles and reviews, as well as over 325 published articles in publications ranging from the New York Times Upfront to the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of numerous books on the Electoral College and election law, including his latest one, Saving the Electoral College: Why the National Popular Vote Would Undermine Democracy.
Dr. Augusto Lopez-Claros – Executive Director of the Global Governance Forum and Author of Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century
Augusto Lopez-Claros is an international economist with over 30 years of experience in international organizations, including most recently as Director of the Global Indicators Group at the World Bank. For the 2018/2019 academic years, Augusto Lopez-Claros was on leave from the World Bank as a Senior Fellow at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Between 2011 and 2017, he was the Director of the World Bank’s Global Indicators Group, the department responsible for the Bank’s Doing Business report and other international benchmarking studies. Previously he was Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he was also the Editor of the Global Competitiveness Report, the Forum’s flagship publication, as well as a number of regional economic reports. Before joining the Forum he worked for several years in the financial sector in London, with a special focus on emerging markets. He was the International Monetary Fund’s Resident Representative in the Russian Federation during the 1990s. Dr. Lopez-Claros has also written and lectured extensively on a wide range of topics in his field. More recently, he co-authored the latest book, Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century, where he documents the existential challenges facing our global institutions.
Robb Brown has 20 years of experience as a retail consultant and commercial real estate professional. Robb served as Regional Director of Real Estate for 10 years with Forest City Enterprises (FCE). While there, he began to contemplate the virtues of a long-term corporate position versus entrepreneurship. In 2008, he founded The Denver Retail Group (DRG) to advise private equity, real estate investment trusts, and national retail brands on retail acquisitions, leasing, and customer engagement. Today many North American airports have expressed significant interest in OWLe; the data management technology solution that DRG co-founded to maximize revenues and improve the customer experience in high volume retail environments. In June 2020, Robb Brown co-founded Guard My Vote to help everyday people become more knowledgeable to take action and to make their voices heard to end voter suppression. Easily accessible for free on a smartphone or web browser, The Guard My Vote app aims to expand voting access and awareness to each corner of our nation with a mission to empower people to vote, and end voter suppression for good. As the public looks for meaningful ways to improve voter integrity, Guard My Vote streamlines the process of alerting election officials and shedding light on problems that occur in real-time.