The National Association of Women Judges and the Informed Voters Project won a regional Emmy award for a public service announcement on judicial independence.
The PSA was funded by the Florida Bar, which contributed $50,000 for its production. Florida judges, including Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, took the lead on the project.
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor appeared in “Fair and Free” as part of the NAWJ’s effort to address what it sees as a dangerous trend creeping into judicial elections nationwide.
The four-minute segment highlights the role of judges in American society and how special interest groups have attacked judges for their votes on issues like same-sex marriage and targeted them for election defeat.
Pariente served as the coordinating committee co-chair of the Informed Voters-Fair Judges campaign in Florida. She was one of three Florida Supreme Court justices targeted by a conservative group for defeat in 2012. All three were retained.
“This public service announcement is the foundation of our voter education efforts in Florida, which are designed to help preserve the fairness and impartiality of our courts by keeping them free from special interests,” Pariente said.
The Emmy was awarded by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.