Key officials head UF conference on role of law, media, courts in 2000 Florida presidential election
Key participants in Florida’s protracted 2000 presidential election will participate in a one-day University of Florida conference Feb. 26 in the law school auditorium, examining legal, political and media aspects of the contested balloting. The seminar, “FLORIDA ELECTION 2000: Insiders at the Intersection of Law, Politics and the Media,” is sponsored jointly by the law school, College of Journalism and Communications, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Among presentations scheduled are those from members of the legal teams for both Vice President Al Gore and President-elect George W. Bush, national media representatives, members of the Governor’s Elections Task force, state legislators and officials, and academicians. Dean Jon Mills, who will coordinate the session, said participants “will examine the unique intersection of law, politics and the media, and the role of each, in the unprecedented, ambiguous situation which dominated American life for more than 30 days following the November election.” Panel moderators in addition to Mills include UF Provost David Colburn, Professor Richard Scherof the UF department of political science, and Terry Hynes, dean of UF College of Journalism and Communications. The conference, open to the public, will begin at 8 a.m. with a welcome by UF President Charles Young. Five panel sessions, with audience participation, are scheduled until conclusion at 4 p.m. A complete agenda will be posted on the law school Web site, www.law.ufl.edu, this week.