Panel to discuss impact of judicial vacancies on Florida’s citizens
MIAMI – Local and national activists and attorneys will sponsor “Diversity and the Federal Bench: A Crisis in Florida” on the evening of Tues., Aug. 27 from 6-8 p.m. on the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, Room 3208-09. The panel will focus on the current crisis facing Florida’s federal courts, why these courts matter and call for the U.S. Senate to confirm fair, diverse judges on Florida’s federal courts.
Right now, there are four vacancies on Florida’s district courts, with two more district seats to open within the next year. In addition, this week, 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Rosemary Barkett said she would step down on September 30, opening a Florida-based vacancy on the 12-member appellate court that serves Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
Both Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio play a large role in filling Florida’s federal court vacancies and have been charged by the Congressional Black Caucus with unnecessary delays. This includes the nominations of two outstanding candidates for Florida district court seats – Brian Davis and William Thomas, both African American men who are waiting to fill seats that have been open for more than year.
The event is sponsored by Progress Florida, the National Bar Association, the National Council of Jewish Women, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and Legal Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress.
The Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett, Former Chief Judge, 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Nancy Abudu, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida
John Arrastia, President, Region VIII, Hispanic National Bar Association
Nancy Ratzan, Former President, National Council of Jewish Women
Andrew Blotky, Director, Legal Progress at Center for American Progress
WHAT: Diversity and the Federal Bench: A Crisis in Florida
WHERE: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Room 3208-09, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL
WHEN: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 6-8 p.m.