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Fifty Years of JusticeA History of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida$
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James M. Denham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060491

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060491.001.0001

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Closing Arguments and Taking Stock

Closing Arguments and Taking Stock

Fifty Years of Justice

(p.387) 21 Closing Arguments and Taking Stock
Fifty Years of Justice

James M. Denham

University Press of Florida

Beginning with a summary of the dark economic picture that confronted the presidential election of 2008, this chapter covers the election of Barack Obama and its relevance to the Middle District of Florida. The Obama Justice Department and the selection of new justices and magistrates as well as their backgrounds are covered. Middle Florida district judges, magistrate judges, and bankruptcy judges often joined other American jurists who participated in international symposiums and conferences sharing elements of American jurisprudence with those attempting to establish the rule of law in former totalitarian countries. The highlights of these activities are covered. In the early 2000s the Middle District developed and implemented historical and other important initiatives, such as developing courthouse exhibits and understood the publication of an historical book. These initiatives are chronicled in this final chapter.

Keywords:   Obama judicial appointments, Eric Holder, U.S. District Court Historical Society, Sam Gibbons, United States Agency for International Development Commercial Legal and Institutional Reform Assessment (BizCLIR)

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