Focus on Florida's 2012 Ballot:Judicial Merit Retention
Florida's judicial merit retention system is intended to protect the judicial branch from political pressures. But this year, a conservative group is actively campaigning to unseat three Supreme Court justices on the basis of a few decisions. Find out what merit retention is and why casting an informed vote is so important.
Sen. Bob Graham on Civic Activism
Former U.S. Senator and Governor Bob Graham discusses CIVIC Concern and civic participation.
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In the News
Aug 1, 2011
Florida State University College of Law Dean Donald J. Weidner is one of the last decade’s nine transformative law school deans.
Jun 26, 2011 (Huffington Post)
On Monday, June 27, HBO begins airing a powerful new documentary film called Hot Coffee, which blows the lid off the "tort reform" movement. The name of the film comes from the infamous and widely misunderstood "McDonald's Coffee Case," which most people believe involved a greedy coffee drinker who spilled hot coffee on herself and won millions of dollars for essentially no reason. When you see this film, hear from the family, hear from the jurors in the case, see the disturbing images of her actual burns and discover that the verdict was significantly reduced despite McDonald's callous behavior, you'll learn what really happened and wonder why you were duped.
Jun 23, 2011
TALLAHASSEE -- The American Civil Liberties Union and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are among the groups asking the U.S. Justice Department to reject Florida's new election law.