UF Law Celebrates Constitution Day with Program Focusing on Judicial Independence

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As part of the nation’s Constitution Day celebrations, the University of Florida will host a program at the Levin College of Law Friday, Sept. 15, to examine the need for judicial independence.

The program, to be held in the law school’s Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, is open to the public and will begin at noon with a 32-minute video featuring a recent discussion with Justices Sandra Day O’Connor (retired), Anthony M. Kennedy, and Stephen G. Breyer, who share their thoughts on the need for an independent judiciary. A DVD of the justices’ discussion will be available to members of the media following the event from the law school’s communications office.

A panel discussion on the “The Doctrine of Judicial Review and Its Influence upon Constitutional Law in the United States” will follow. Panelists will include The Honorable Stephan Mickle, District Judge, United States District Court Northern District of Florida; The Honorable Frederick D. Smith, Chief Judge, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida; and Fletcher N. Baldwin, Jr., Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law and Director, Centre for International Financial Crime Studies. Sharon E. Rush, Irving Cypen Professor of Law and Associate Director, Center on Children & the Law, will moderate the discussion, which will be followed by a question-and answer session.

The event has been approved for 2 hours of CLE credit by The Florida Bar.

Constitution Day commemorates the day, September 17, 1787, when delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created.

For more information, contact the Levin College of Law Communications Office at 273-0650.

Published: September 11th, 2006

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