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Thursday, February 26, 2015
JUDGE MARY BARZEE NOMINATED TO FEDERAL COURT
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
BREAKING NEWS ..............
JUDGE MARY BARZEE FLORES HAS BEEN NOMINATED TO THE FEDERAL BENCH
Numerous news agencies are reporting that President Barack Obama has nominated Barzee Flores to an open seat in the Southern District of Florida. (This is the open seat from when Robin Rosenbaum was elevated from the District Court bench to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit).
Judge Barzee started her career as an associate with the law firm of Sonnett, Sale & Kuehne and she worked there for two years before becoming an Assistant Federal Public Defender from 1990 - 2003. She then ran unopposed for Circuit Court Judge in 2002 and won a seat on the Circuit bench in Miami-Dade County and served there from 2003 - 2011. (She won reelection in 2008 without opposition). While on the bench, she served in both the Criminal Division and the General Jurisdiction Division as well as having the honor to sit by designation on the 4th DCA. She resigned from the bench and joined the law firm of Stearns, Weaver where she concentrates her practice in commercial litigation and arbitration. She also serves as a private judge, arbitrator, special master, and umpire in appraisal disputes. She is a UM law school graduate.
The two finalists who did not make the cut were U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer and Circuit Court Judge Peter Lopez.
Good luck to Judge Barzee as she makes her way inside the beltway and through the confirmation process.
CAPTAIN OUT .......