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Reporters’ Workshop Session covers redistricting and the courts

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Reporters’ Workshop Session covers redistricting and the courts

The Florida Bar Media & Communications Law Committee and the Florida Supreme Court present a free Reporters’ Workshop session about elections and the courts.

The remote workshop session is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, November 18.

Registration is required. Do so before the event here.

Redistricting of congressional and state legislative boundaries in 2022 will have a profound effect on Floridians’ representation and the possibility of swinging control of Congress. Florida’s already outsized influence grows even greater after apportionment from the 2020 census. There are now 28 congressional seats in the state, up one. The state’s demographics have changed considerably since the last redistricting.

Litigation following the 2010 census and redistricting was protracted and contentious. Is the same likely following the 2020 count? What will redistricting mean for voters and how will court challenges differ this cycle? How can reporters meaningfully cover the court challenges that may be ahead?

A panel of experienced players will offer their views of the process ahead and how it may intersect with the judicial branch. The session will be moderated by Dr. Susan MacManus, Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Florida. Panelists will be Barry Richard, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig; Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections; Lori Edwards, Polk County Supervisor of Elections, and; Mary Ellen Klas, bureau chief for the Miami Herald.

The Florida Bar’s Media & Communications Law Committee and the Florida Supreme Court are sponsors. The Reporters’ Workshop is usually held in person and focuses on journalists new to covering courts and legal issues. This year’s version is offered as a series of remote webinars to minimize health concerns and offer wider availability of the topics covered in these learning sessions.

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