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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 .....
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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like Judge Fleur Lobree.

Very smart. Much integrity. Great temperament.

Why didn't Judge Lisa Walsh apply? She is the best.

Anonymous said...

Judge Luck or bust.

Anonymous said...

"imminently qualified"? I can see why Scott would rely on the recommendations of the Federalist Society.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


I agree with 2:21 am. She would be a great addition to the appeals court. Also surprised that Walsh did not apply.

Judge Lobree will be part of a trivia question for years to come. Who is the Judge that was Governor Rick Scott's first judicial appointment to the County bench in Miami-Dade County in 2011?

Followed by: once appointed, who lost their election to remain a judge in County Court, only to be appointed by Gov Scott a second time within a period of 24 months, this time to Circuit Court, only to lose her election to maintain that seat as well.

If she gets appointed to the 3rd, she won't have to worry about fundraising, campaigning, and maintaining her seat on that bench.

Cap Out .....

Literati said...

How is one imminently qualified? They're not qualified yet but will be so qualified in a few seconds?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Andrea Wolfson will be a circuit judge soon.

I love her. She's kind and thoughtful. Good luck to her.

Anonymous said...

Judge Lobree would be a really great conclusion for a terrific and smart Jurist who deserves this 3rd DCA appointment. God bless her. She has been through some unfortunate challenges, yet smiles and has grace always.

Anonymous said...

It is super funny to go to Judge Tinkler Mendez!s courtroom and find the bailiff ALWAYS sleeping. He is really protecting her on his dreams!!🙃

Anonymous said...

This is a quote drawn directly from the story that appeared in the Tampa Tribune. The reporter clearly made a typo using imminently instead of eminently. Shocked that anyone could ever make a typo in this day and age.

"The governor should be very proud of the work of the Judicial Nominating Nominating Commission,’’ said Jason Gonzalez, co-chair of the Florida chapter of the Federalist Society. “All three nominees are imminently qualified and have demonstrated a textualist judicial philosophy similar to that of the late Justice Antonin Scalia."

Anonymous said...

OMG. I can't believe this.

Just saw Sir Kenny @ some Art Basel art collection with Marty Margulies -- and -- wait for it, wait for it ... he is wearing BROWN suede shoes with a BLACK suit!!!

As President Trump would say - Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. This is Fashion 101. Black shoes with black suit. This aggressive dressing is a Fashionista trying to make an international statement, but I think it is just crazy. Larry Gagosian wouldn't even do this. Who are you Sir?

Anonymous said...

Its always great to see people at the PD holiday party, but the venue is really atrocious.
Horrible acoustics and nasty lighting, 0 Yelp stars for "The Ren"

Anonymous said...

"Eminent" is a pompous word. Reminds me of something almost regal like His Eminence. I had a college English teacher who once told me that if you have a choice of using a word that makes you look smart and one that a third grader would understand, choose the latter because the former will only make you look like a show off. Why not just say that these judges are very qualified and leave it at that. Throwing these types of adverbs around so carelessly makes them lose all meaning. Sort of like sitting around late Sunday night and wondering how 90% of what you have watched on TV has been described to you as "unbelievable" or "mind boggling" when in fact it is nothing more than professional athletes executing their God given skills.

Anonymous said...

Walsh needs more seasoning. Just a few years out of the PD. Needs better temperament and self confidence.

Kenneth Weisman said...

The suit was navy.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 12/4/16 at 1:50pm, you need to do a little more research on Judge Walsh before you post. She was an appellate lawyer at the PD, and left there over 10 years ago, and was in private practice. She became a County Court Judge in 2008, and a Circuit Judge in 2011. She is well rounded in her 25 years of experience in the law and would be an asset to the 3rd DCA.

Anonymous said...

Lobree is the dumbest smart person I"ve ever seen. Should never be allowed to sit on any bench.