Christian Legal Society to host symposium on Florida government issues

Published: February 10th, 2014

Category: News

clsUF Law’s Christian Legal Society chapter will host a symposium, “Gator Perspectives of Florida’s Process of Government,” featuring a keynote address from retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Wells on his experiences with the Bush v. Gore case from 2000. The symposium will be Friday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Following his keynote address, Wells will participate in a panel discussion with GrayRobinson Associate Christopher Carmody and UF Law Center for Governmental Responsibility Staff Attorney Tim McLendon. The discussion, titled “The Florida Constitution, Government and Elections Process,” will address the state’s constitution, the constitutional amendment process, ballot initiatives, elections, the Florida legislative process and government affairs.

Two Florida CLE credits are available for attorneys. The symposium is free for UF Law faculty and staff and $20 for CLE-seeking attorneys. The symposium will be followed by a networking reception and dinner from 7 – 8:30 p.m., which will be $30 for all who attend. Register here:

Before joining the GrayRobinson firm, Wells served for more than 14 years as a justice on the Florida Supreme Court and was the chief justice from July 1, 2000, until July 1, 2002. He presided over the election cases that were decided by the court following the presidential election in November 2000, which have collectively become known as Bush v. Gore. During his tenure on the Florida Supreme Court, he participated in decisions, and wrote majority and dissenting opinions, covering the entire breadth of Florida law. These included cases involving products liability, medical malpractice and a wide variety of other complex tort claims; various insurance coverage and bad faith issues; state and local taxation; public records and open meetings laws; bond validations; criminal law; and the application of the Florida rules of civil and criminal procedure, rules of evidence, rules of judicial administration and rules of discipline.