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Friday, December 02, 2016
SO, YOU WANT TO BE A JUDGE - Florida Supreme Court - 3rd DCA - Circuit Court .....
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
SO, YOU WANT TO BE A FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE .....?
As a result of the retirement of Justice James Perry, who has announced his retirement effective December 30, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court’s JNC interviewed 11 candidates and nominated three to Governor Rick Scott. The judge must reside within the jurisdiction of the 5th DCA.
The three finalists are:
Wendy Berger, a 5th District Court of Appeal judge
C. Alan Lawson, chief judge of the 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach
Daniel J. Gerber, of the Orlando office of the law firm Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell
All three candidates were heavily promoted by The Federalist Society. Promises from many of those interviewed went something like this: 'I promise to maintain my conservative principles; to not legislate from the bench; to bring to the bench a core set of conservative principles; I admire Justice Canady for his judicial philosophy and for his frequent dissenting opinions; I am an originalist', etc etc etc. All of the finalists were praised by Federalist Society's Florida Co-chair Jason Gonzalez as being "imminently qualified and hav[ing] demonstrated a textualist judicial philosophy similar to that of the late Justice Antonin Scalia".
SO, YOU WANT TO BE A 3RD DCA JUDGE ..... ?
Also in the news, with the retirement of Judge Frank Shepherd from the 3rd DCA, the JNC accepted applications from four sitting judges and seven lawyers who have applied for the open spot on Florida's Third District Court of Appeal.
Those that have applied include:
Miami-Dade Circuit Judges Norma Lindsey, Robert Luck and Bronwyn Miller and Broward Circuit Judge Carlos Rodriguez.
The other applicants are:
• Assistant U.S. attorney Jonathan Colan
• Michael Dono, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, Miami
• Miami Deputy City Attorney John Greco
• Susan Scrivani Lerner, public defender, Miami
• Former Miami-Dade County & Circuit Court Judge Fleur Lobree, now with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office
• William McCaughan, K&L Gates, Miami
• Assistant Miami-Dade County attorney Oren Rosenthal
The Governor also will be naming a new Miami-Dade Circuit Judge before the end of December to replace Judge Stan Blake. Finalists include: Jason E. Dimitris; Ayana N. Harris; Spencer Jet Multack; Victoria del Pino; Lourdes Simon; and Andrea Ricker Wolfson.
CAPTAIN OUT .....