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Friday, August 12, 2016

JNC RECEIVES 27 APPLICATIONS FOR COUNTY COURT OPENING .....


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

SO, YOU WANT TO BE A COUNTY COURT JUDGE ......

With the resignation of Miami-Dade County Court Judge Jacqueline Schwartz there is currently an open seat that will be filled by Governor Scott.

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission received applications from a total of 27 attorneys vying for the right to wear the black robe.  Earlier this week, the JNC met and narrowed the list to 17 attorneys that they intend to interview on August 31st. (Those with an asterisk by their name will be interviewed).

They are:

Karl S.H. Brown ***
Raul Flores
Gordon Murray, Sr. ***
Michele A. Vargas ***
Griska Mena Rodriguez
Elijah A. Levitt ***
Joseph J. Mansfield ***
Sarah A. Mourer ***
Ramiro C. Areces ***
Evian L. White
David Alschuler
Peter Heller ***
Miguel F. Mirabal
Alexander Spicola Bokor ***
Jonathan Meltz ***
Steven G. Paulson ***
Rachel S. Glorioso Dooley ***
Raul A. Cuervo ***
Frank C. Bocanegra ***
Ernesto Martinez, Jr.
Julie Harris Nelson ***
Renier Diaz de la Portilla ***
Marilyn Blumberg
Dennis J. Wouters
Flora M. Jackson
Jacqueline Woodward ***
Pamela A. Leone

The JNC will narrow the field from the 17 interviews and they will then send 4-6 names to the Governor for his consideration.

If you have any comments on any of the applicants, positive or negative, please forward them to:

Daniel Fridman (Chair)
White & Case LLP
Southeast Financial Center
200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900
Miami, FL 33131
Tel.: 305-995-5265
daniel.fridman@whitecase.com

or any of the other members of the 11th JNC.  You can find those names here.  And, don't forget that one of those members is actually a practicing criminal defense attorney, Robert "Bob" Pardo.

JUDGE STAN BLAKE HONORED .......

Judge Stanford "but you can call me Stan" Blake was honored this week at the Statewide Conference for Circuit Court Judges.  Florida's Chief Justice Jorge Labarga awarded Judge Blake with the Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence.

Labarga commented that Judge Blake is well known for "his personal warmth, humor, wisdom, compassion, and courage".  Judge Blake has been on the bench since 1995 serving in the Criminal Division, (including serving for eight years as Chief Administrative Judge); the General Jurisdiction Division; and the Family Division.  In addition to his work on the bench, Blake has served on the Exec Board of the Florida Judicial College for 20 years; the College for Advanced Judicial Studies for 10 years; and has taught litigation skills at UM Law School for the past 18 years.  You can read the entire press release by going here.


CAPTAIN OUT ......
Captain4Justice@gmail.com



11 comments:

Anonymous said...


Stan is the man. Whenever he retires there will be a huge vacuum as he is irreplaceable.

Nice to see Jackie Woodward making it into the interview room for her JNC. Phil, you may have to work harder if your wife becomes a judge.

My prediction is that Scott will appoint someone who has the words ASA on their résumé. Who does that narrow it down to?

Vegas insider said...


Vegas Insider says:

Mansfield
Meltz
De la Portilla
Heller
Booker
Murray

Anyone want to put a dime on who can name the most of the six names let me know.

Anonymous said...

A decent bunch to names. I like Gordon Murray, Sr. or Bocanegra for this one. We could do a lot worse. And have.

Anonymous said...

Renier Diaz de la Portilla is a joke. The guy is beyond slow and has the temperament of a child. If you thought Wacky Jackie was bad, you haven't seen anything yet.

Anonymous said...

Renier Diaz de la Portilla is a good man and a great lawyer/advocate. Don't hate, congratulate.

Anonymous said...

What about Ms. Rosie Aponte. Her credentials would make Her perfect for an appointment by the Governor. They probably already have her file there for unrelated reasons.

Anonymous said...

Can any of the above get appointed for the Bloch- Delray seat?

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed that some campaign signs are disappearing from some very good locations, like 17th Avenue fence, as u turn to head into REGJB. Also, Calle Ocho fence heading west towards Auto Nation Nissan. Notably, the Del Rey signs are gone. Anyone looked into this yet?

Anonymous said...

Substance abuse and mental health and physical health are things with which the JNC concerns itself.

Anonymous said...

Renier Diaz de la Portilla? Oh my God, I'll move to Brazil!

Anonymous said...

Chickens will come home to roost.