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FAU to Host ‘Ethics in Government and the Criminal Justice System’ Symposium

BOCA RATON, FL (November 17, 2009) - Florida Atlantic University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice within the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs will host “Ethics in Government and the Criminal Justice System: Can Enforcement Restore Public Confidence?” on Wednesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. in the Libby and Harry Dodson Auditorium in FAU’s College of Nursing, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

This public forum will explore the issues, problems and possible solutions relating to ethics and public integrity in government, and will focus on some of the cases that have surfaced in Palm Beach and Broward counties during the past few years.

The program will be opened by Donald Middlebrooks, a U.S. district court judge, who will discuss why the issues of public integrity and ethics in government have risen to such a prominent level of scrutiny in recent years. William Shepherd, a Florida statewide prosecutor, will give a closing summation and discuss Governor Charlie Crist’s call for the State Supreme Court to impanel a special grand jury to look into corruption in South Florida. 

A panel of experts, including Michael McAuliffe, state attorney for Palm Beach County; Michael Satz, state attorney for Broward County; Ric Bradshaw, sheriff of Palm Beach County; Al Lamberti, sheriff of Broward County; John Gillies, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami Field Division; and former U.S. attorney Alex Acosta, current dean of Florida International University’s College of Law, will address the problems pertaining to ethics in South Florida government. Each panel member will speak about their particular involvement, interest or concern regarding public integrity matters.  The public will be invited to submit questions to members of the panel.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Mangan at 561-297-2878 or


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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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