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Standing Committees
Constitutional Judiciary

The charge of the Constitutional Judiciary Committee is to strengthen the public’s understanding of the role of the judicial branch of government, the Constitution, the rule of law, and the role of judges and juries in the administration of justice.

Inspire the FutureRegister now for seminar about 'Constitution Revision Commission and Florida's Judiciary'

If history is any guide, the Constitution Revision Commission will consider amendments affecting Florida’s judiciary. With a panel including a former Florida Supreme Court justice, The Florida Bar president-elect, academic experts and attorneys, this Presidential Showcase seminar will examine the issues surrounding selecting and retaining Florida’s judges. The seminar is being held on Thursday, June 22, from 2:15 to 5:15 p.m., at The Florida Bar Annual Convention in Boca Raton.

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Watch 'A Respected Judiciary' seminar
At the 2016 Florida Bar Annual Convention, judges, legal scholars and a former House speaker explored various avenues for achieving balance between judicial independence and accountability. Mary C. McQueen, president of the National Center for State Courts, moderated “A Respected Judiciary – Balancing Independence and Accountability.” (Note: Introductory parts of the seminar are not included in the recording.) Panelists were:
Watch Every 20 Years webinar
A webinar about the Benchmarks presentation “Every 20 Years” was recorded in cooperation with the Young Lawyers Division. Annette Pitts, executive director of The Florida Law Related Education Association, explains both the Benchmarks program and the presentation designed to educate the public about the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission, which convenes every 20 years. Those who watch the webinar are considered trained for presenting Benchmarks activities.

Benchmarks activities available online
The Constitutional Judiciary Committee's Benchmarks activities are available for download on line:
Staff Contact    Susannah Lyle
Deborah Michelle Sisco Chair Tampa  2018
Sacha Dyson Vice Chair Tampa  2018
Michelle Renee Suskauer Board Liaison West Palm Beach  2017
Arlene Evon Acord Tampa  2017
Augustus Davis Aikens, Jr. Tallahassee  2019
Alvan Balent, Jr. Miami  2019
Andrew Matthew Bennett Tampa  2019
J Clancey Bounds Maitland  2017
Edward John Carbone Tampa  2018
Angela Cote Dempsey Tallahassee  2017
Karla D Ellis Tallahassee  2017
Mary C. Evans Naples  2019
Alan Orantes Forst West Palm Beach  2018
Thomas D Graham Miami  2017
Valeria Hendricks Tampa  2017
Kenneth Joseph Joyce Fort Lauderdale  2017
Dominic Kouffman Tampa  2017
Richard Harry Levenstein Stuart  2019
Stephanie Marusak Marchman Gainesville  2017
Joseph Daniel Pickles Jacksonville  2019
Adam Gregory Suess El Dorado  2019

Constitutional Judiciary Committee Web page

[Revised: 7-1-2016]