'The Future of Presidential Elections: Will Your Vote Count?' Florida Judge to Give First-Hand View of Ballot Controversy


BOSTON -- The Honorable Charles E. Burton, who found himself in the eye of the unprecedented political storm over Florida's tallying of presidential votes, will be the keynote speaker as Suffolk University Law School and The New England Council present a forum on "The Future of Presidential Elections: Will Your Vote Count?" The forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, in the moot courtroom at David J. Sargent Hall, Suffolk University, 120 Tremont Street, Boston.

In his first public speaking engagement since the 2000 presidential election, Judge Burton, chairman of the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board and a Suffolk University alumnus, will join in a panel discussion of the issues and challenges raised by the Florida controversy. Joining him on the panel will be Boston Herald Editorial Page Editor Rachelle Cohen; The Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi; Dennis Newman, Esq., who specializes in election law; Rob Gray, President of Gray Media; Craig Jackson, professor of law, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall Law School; and The Honorable William D. Delahunt, U.S. House of Representatives.

Suffolk University Law School Professor Joseph P. McEttrick will be the moderator.

The forum is the second in a Suffolk University-sponsored series exploring the ramifications of the 2000 presidential election and comes as independent re-counts of Florida's presidential vote have created a resurgence of interest.

A November "Town Meeting" at Faneuil Hall drew throngs of people who wanted their voices heard on topics ranging from media coverage of elections to the validity of the Electoral College. Once again, the public will be invited to join Suffolk students and faculty in questioning the panelists discussing "The Future of Presidential Elections: Will Your Vote Count?"

For further information please contact: Mariellen Norris, 617-573-8450 Tony Ferullo, 617-573-8428.

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