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Convention program examines the balance between judicial independence and accountability

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Convention program examines the balance between judicial independence and accountability

Judges, legal scholars, and a former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives will take the stage in a discussion to explore the various avenues for achieving the balance between judicial independence and accountability June 16 at The Florida Bar Annual Convention in Orlando.

Melinda Gann HallQuestions raised by this seminar include:

• What is the best way to select and retain judges?

• How do we ensure that judges are independent but also accountable to the people they serve?

“A Respected Judiciary — Balancing Independence and Accountability” will also provide an overview of the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission, which could put amendments on the 2018 ballot regarding the judiciary, as well as review the selection and retention methods used both in Florida and other states.

The Florida Bar Annual Convention is being held in Orlando at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek from June 15 -18. “A Respected Judiciary” will take place on Thursday, June 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Flagler/Gilchrist Hall. Registration is available through The Florida Bar website at www.floridabar.org/annualconvention. The seminar offers two hours of general credit and two hours toward state and federal government and administrative practice certification.

Judge Michelle Sisco, chair of the Constitutional Judiciary Committee, which is sponsoring the seminar, will make introductions with the discussion moderated by Mary C. McQueen, president of the National Center for State Courts. Panelists are:

• Dean Cannon, a former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

• Brian Fitzpatrick, a professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, whose research includes a focus on judicial selection and constitutional law.

• Major B. Harding, a retired Florida Supreme Court justice.

• Mark D. Martin, chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

• Melinda Gann Hall, a professor of political science at Michigan State University, whose latest book — Attacking Judges: How Campaign Advertising Influences State Supreme Court Elections — currently is in production with Stanford University Press.

Questions: 850-561-5669.