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Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara ParienteInformed Voters-Fair Judges Project
The Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project of the National Association of Women Judges External Link focuses on increasing the knowledge of citizens regarding the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary. Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente serves as state coordinating committee co-chairperson for the initiative. Learn more about the Informed Voters Project and download materials for presentations.

Informed Voters project has PSAs, presentation materials for Constitution Day
In honor of Constitution Day, Sept. 17, the Informed Voters Project has new public service announcements for TV and radio featuring retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The PSAs' message is that politics and partisanship have no place in U.S. courts. Speakers may use Constitution Day 2015 materials ( External Link Dropbox) prepared by the Florida Law Related Education Association. IVP is a project of the National Association of Women Judges.

Public Service Annoucements are available for viewing and use by broadcast entities:
TV PSA: External Link
Radio PSA: External Link

Informed Voters Project webinar
Learn how to make Informed Voters Project presentations by listening to a webinar hosted by Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, Annette Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association, and Lisa Hall, of Hall + Media Strategies. Please sign in with your name and email address to be connected.

National Association of Women Judges partners with The Florida Bar
The Informed Voters Project has a goal of educating voters about attacks on the judiciary and why it is in the interest of all citizens to have fair and impartial courts.

Informed Voters Project PSA on voter education wins Emmy
The National Association of Women Judges and the Informed Voters Project garnered a regional Emmy award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Public Service Announcement category. Aimed at helping voters understand the importance of protecting courts from political influence and interference, the Emmy entry "Fair and Free” features U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, (Ret.) and is part of the NAWJ’s effort to address what it views as a dangerous gap in civic literacy in the United States. The Florida Bar is a partner with the Informed Voters Project. The Emmy was awarded June 14 in Maryland.

Materials for Fair Courts - Justice presentation for civic groups
Attorneys and judges can use the Fair Courts = Justice presentation when they are invited to speak to civic clubs and groups. The presentation includes an activity overview, video, PowerPoint, five handouts and a backgrounder. Additionally a Messaging Guide and Message Wheel are for presenters to become familiar with the Informed Voters Project but are not intended for distribution to audiences.

IVP Public service radio announcement
Listen to the "Fair and Free" radio announcement that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.) recorded for the National Association of Women Judges Informed Voters Project. (Text of Fair and Free audio available.) 

[Revised: 09-08-2015]