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John Stemberger : Where Do We Go From Here? - 5/4

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John Stemberger is an AV Rated Orlando attorney who has been a conservative policy advocate for over 30 years. (Given by an attorney’s peers, an AV rating denotes the highest level of professional excellence, high ethical standards and professional ability.)

As a native Floridian, Atty. Stemberger attended Florida State University where he studied political science and philosophy before obtaining a Juris Doctorate of Law at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

In 1987 he founded the Institute for Conservative Studies (ICS), as a permanent student led think-tank at Florida State University. After legislative internships in both the Florida House and Senate, Stemberger worked with attorney Ken Connor in Tallahassee for several years and then served as the lobbyist for Florida Right to Life with Connor in 1989.

Stemberger has a unique understanding of law, government, and the media from his extensive political background, having served as an advisor to state, federal, and presidential campaigns. In 1992, he was appointed as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Florida during the final campaign of former President George H. W. Bush.

Stemberger has been quoted in news and media sources hundreds of times as an expert on law, policy, culture and politics including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, The Economist and National Public Radio. His legal, political and non-profit advocacy work has appeared on ABC News Nightline, Fox News, CSPAN, MSNBC, and Court TV.

Starting in 2001, Florida Governor Jeb Bush twice appointed Stemberger to the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, where he served for eight years screening and recommending new judge candidates in Central Florida.

A sought after speaker around the country, John Stemberger is also a member of the Council for National Policy; and in a feature article on his work, The Miami Herald called him, “One of the most interesting and influential people you’ve never heard of.” In 2009, Orlando Magazine named him one of the top 50 most powerful people in Central Florida.

In addition to maintaining his private practice of law, in 2004 Stemberger became the President of the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC). Since starting the FFPC he served as chairman of the campaign to amend Florida’s Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman—a definition which was adopted by 61.9% of Florida voters in 2008. He also launched the “Florida Judicial Accountability Project” by filing a federal lawsuit against the Florida Bar and Judicial Qualifications Commission to strike down Florida’s gag order which prohibits judge candidates from announcing their views on issues during their campaigns; he also created a statewide judicial voter guide.

Atty. Stemberger has also launched Strong Marriages Florida, a statewide coalition campaign, to reduce the divorce rate and strengthen marriages across Florida.

In 2009, Stemberger’s law firm received international media attention for representing Rifqa Bary, the Muslim teenager from Columbus, Ohio, who fled to Orlando, Florida, after her own father threatened to kill her for not renouncing her faith after her conversion from Islam to Christianity was discovered. Most recently, as an Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster, John was one of the primary founders and now the Chairman of the Board for Trail Life USA, a Christian scouting movement for boys, which started in 2014 and now has around 30,000 members in 700 troops chartered in 48 states.

Most importantly, he has been married to his wife Olivia for over twenty-five years and they have four children Joseph, Benjamin, Hannah and Rachel.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 6:00pm

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