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LWV of Sanibel to host luncheon, program

By Staff | Jan 29, 2020

The League of Women Voters of Sanibel will hold its monthly luncheon on Feb. 20.

The program is ” Voting Rights Are Your Rights” and will feature guest speakers: Howard L. Simon, former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida; Ron Ellington, former professor at the University of Georgia Law School; and Jennifer Scuteri, with the Scuteri Law Group.

The speakers have a strong collective background in voters rights. Hear their experiences and knowledge in a setting that allows attendees to interact and have questions asked and answered.

Simon retired last year as the longest-serving state director of the ACLU – serving 23 years in Michigan and 21 years as Florida director. He earned a Ph.D. in legal and political philosophy from the University of Minnesota and taught there and at DePauw University before becoming an ACLU executive director. Simon retired after the 2018 election and passage of Amendment 4, the restoration of voting rights for former felons, which he helped write and for which he helped secure passage. He is now president of the Clean Okeechobee Water Foundation and advocates for water quality reforms to protect public health and works for policies to address the health threat from harmful algal blooms.

Ellington was a law professor at the University of Georgia for over 40 years. He also served as dean of the law school for part of that time. For the decade before retirement, Ellington held the Cleveland Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia’s School of Law and later a graduate degree in law – the Master of Laws – from Harvard University.

Scuteri is an attorney admitted in Massachusetts and Florida and works for the Scuteri Law Group. She is a long-time environmental activist and is a graduate of the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Scuteri has extensive experience with government, veterans issues and environmental projects, currently concentrating on water issues. She is an advocate for voter protections and was active in the Florida vote recount in 2018.

Taking place at the Sundial Beach Resort, registration will open at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The program will run from about noon to 2 p.m., including a question-and-answer session.

The cost is $25 per person for the lunch and program. Mail a check with the names of all attendees to: LWV Sanibel, P.O. Box 1194, Sanibel, FL 33957, or pay at the door day with a cash or check.

Reservations required by noon on Feb. 17 at lwvsanibel@gmail.com or 239-312-4996.

Those who would like to attend just the program are welcome to do so; notify the League of Women Voters of Sanibel ahead of time and it will have a seat reserved. Arrive at about 12:30 p.m.

The Sundial Beach Resort is at 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel.