Film Series

HBO Films, Recount: Screening and Conversation

October 17, 2008

A powerful depiction––starring Kevin Spacey, Ed Begley Jr., Laura Dern, and Denis Leary––of the immediate aftermath of the 2000 presidential election, the legal and political maneuverings and intrigues of Bush v. Gore, and the recount that never was.

FOLCS was joined by attorneys Ron Klain and Benjamin Ginsberg.

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Ron Klain

Ron Klain is executive vice president and general counsel of Revolution LLC, a private equity firm in Washington, D.C. Mr. Klain is a graduate of Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and began his legal career as a law clerk to Justice Byron R. White for the Supreme Court’s 1987 and 1988 terms.
Mr. Klain’s experience in presidential politics began with the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign, where he was a member of the policy staff and the debate preparation team. His subsequent service in the administration included his work as associate counsel to the president, his tenure as chief of staff to Attorney General Janet Reno, and culminated with his service for four years as chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore. He held the latter post during both the 1996 re-election campaign and the run-up to the 2000 election. Mr. Klain served as director of rapid response for the Gore-Lieberman 2000 campaign, and then, after the election, as general counsel for the Gore-Lieberman Recount Committee.
In recognition of his work on the recount, the National Law Journal named him one of its “Lawyers of the Year” for 2000.

Benjamin Ginsberg
Political Scientist

Benjamin Ginsberg represents numerous political parties, political campaigns, candidates, members of Congress and state legislatures, governors, corporations, trade associations, vendors, donors, and individuals participating in the political process. In both the 2004 and 2000 election cycles, Ginsberg served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign, playing a central role in the 2000 Florida recount.
He served as national counsel and senior advisor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in the 2008 cycle. Ginsberg appears frequently on television commenting on law and politics. He began work in his current position at Patton Boggs in 1993 after serving for eight years as counsel to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Abner S. Greene

Abner S. Greene is the Leonard F. Manning Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. He graduated from Yale College (magna cum laude) and from Michigan Law School (summa cum laude). He then clerked for Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald on the D.C. Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. NYU Press published his book, Understanding the 2000 Election.