Maximize your knowledge of the critical issues related to judicial independence in the coming years! This program features a conversation considering the constitutional principles of judicial independence and the judiciary as an equal branch of our government in light of 21st century Political Action Committees, politics and money. Speaker: Judge Michael Weatherby, a thirty-nine year member of the Florida Bar, served on the Circuit Bench of the 4th Circuit and as Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division and in the Civil and Family Divisions. Prior to taking office Judge Weatherby served as an Assistant State Attorney. He has been on the faculty of the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, the Florida Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program, Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, The University of North Florida, The University of Florida and the Florida Coastal School of Law. He received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from The University of Florida. A retired Lieutenant Colonel, Military Police, of the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Weatherby is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.