Judicial Ethics: “Law & Order at the Courthouse”

May 6, 2010

“Law & Order at the Courthouse”

Broward County judges have garnered much attention recently. Is the scrutiny fair and well-deserved? Or has the notoriety cast an unfair cloud over the judiciary? The Tower Forum panel will offer a blunt discussion of the state of affairs at the courthouse. The moderator is Michael Mayo, Broward Metro columnist for the Sun-Sentinel.


Senator Walter “Skip” Campbell served in the Florida Senate from 1996 to 2006, representing the western part of central and northern Broward County. Senator Campbell sponsored and supported numerous bills on crime fighting, education, consumer rights and safety and health care.

Judge Melanie G. May was appointed in 1991 to the 17th Judicial Circuit, where she served in the juvenile delinquency and felony drug court divisions, and on numerous committees, including The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. She was appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, serving since 2002.

Judge Dale Ross served as Chief Judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit for 16 years. He was the longest-running Chief Judge in the history of Florida. Judge Ross was selected by the Sun-Sentinel as Community Champion for 2008.

W. George Allen has been in practicing law for more than 46 years, specializing in trial practice, personal injury, family law and criminal law. In 1970, Mr. Allen filed the lawsuit that integrated Broward County public schools.

Charles Caulkins is the managing partner of the Fort Lauderdale office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the nation’s largest labor law firms that exclusively represents employers. Fisher & Phillips has 230 labor lawyers in 22 offices throughout the U.S.

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