January meeting date is:
January 15th, 2020
Information on luncheon below.
Time: 11:30 am meet and greet
12:00 Luncheon begins
Palmetto Woman’s Club
Our guest speaker for January 15th 2020, luncheon is John Stemberger
Bio of John Stemberger
John Stemberger is an AV Rated Orlando attorney who has been a
conservative policy advocate for over 30 years. As a native Floridian, he
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
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, C-
SPAN, 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. In 2017-2018 he served as a
member of the historic Florida Constitution Revision Commission which meets once every twenty years.
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 the 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 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 judges candidates from announcing their views on issues during their campaigns and created a
statewide judicial voter guide. He 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 she was threatened to be killed by her father
for not renouncing her faith after her conversion from
Islam to Christianity was discovered. Rifqa’s book Hiding
in the Light is a New York Times best seller.
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 750 troops chartered
in 48 states.
Most importantly, he has been married to his wife Olivia for twenty five years and they have four children
Joseph, Benjamin, Hannah and Rachel.
MagicJack reservation number: 386-308-0073
Reservation No Shows will be charged.
All reservations must be in by the previous Friday, January 10, 2020