Book Talk: The Scheme: How the Right Wing Used Dark Money to Capture the Supreme Court

by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse & Jennifer Mueller


Join the Harvard Law School Alumni Association for a book talk with Jen Mueller as she discusses her account of dark money in the Supreme Court in The Scheme: How the Right Wing Used Dark Money to Capture the Supreme Court!

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

1152 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

 Cost: free


About The Scheme from Jen Mueller:

I wrote The Scheme with Senator Whitehouse to draw attention to the tremendous amount of time, money, and shenanigans that private interests have put into capturing one of our proudest public institutions:  the Supreme Court.  

We wrote this for anyone who is increasingly skeptical about the integrity of our nation’s highest court but wants to test that intuition against the facts.  Indeed, that was the very sentiment that first drove Senator Whitehouse, a seasoned prosecutor, to start scrutinizing the Roberts Court’s partisan 5-4 rulings. 

The trail led him to a web of corporate-backed front groups, manufactured lawsuits, coordinated amici, and hundreds of millions—likely billions—of dollars spent grooming, auditioning, and selecting jurists steeped in a legal philosophy that is deeply out of step with both mainstream law and public opinion.  The public got a glimpse of some of his findings during Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing, a presentation that went viral.  And they got a sense of the stakes during the past Supreme Court term.


Jennifer Mueller has worked as a judicial clerk, big-firm litigator, policy consultant, law school professor, mediator, coach, writer, and, many years ago, as an English teacher at the State Language School in Prague. Jen represented the sponsors of BCRA in McConnell v. FEC as an associate at WilmerHale, and she has published several academic articles about political participation. Today she works with clients in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors and coaches Public Voices Fellows through The OpEd Project. A native of New Jersey and longtime DC resident, she received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and her law degree from Harvard.


Copies of The Scheme will be available for purchase at the event and are also available at Amazon.

Covid-related Safety Requirements: If you have recently tested positive or have symptoms, please do not attend this event. HLSA DC encourages everyone to be vaccinated and boosted, and to wear masks indoors when not eating or drinking, especially when social distance cannot be maintained.



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5:30PM - 6:30PM Tue 25 Apr 2023, Eastern timezone


Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
1152 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

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