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Thursday, August 09, 2018
HERE COMES THE JUDGE .......FIVE NEW JUDGES .....
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
SO, YOU WANT TO BE A JUDGE .....
BREAKING - WE UPDATED THE POST BELOW BY PLACING AN *** NEXT TO THE NAMES BEING SENT TO GOVERNOR SCOTT. 18 OF THE 26 ATTORNEYS THAT WERE INTERVIEWED HAVE BEEN FORWARDED TO THE GOVERNOR; (6 NAMES PER OPEN SEAT).
It may be hot and muggy outside, and if you’re lucky enough to be Horace Rumpole, you may be able to afford a vacation "down under", but the rest of us are busy back in the Magic City working the corridors of the GJB. And, the 11th Circuit JNC is also busy, really, really busy.
As you may recall, Governor Scott came a-calling for three Circuit Court Judges recently and he tapped Judges Dawn Denaro, Andrea Wolfson, and Renatha Francis, all of the County Court. That means the JNC needs three new County Court Judges and they aim to narrow the list on Thursday, August 9, 2018 when they will interview 26 candidates (out of the 31 that applied). Those being interviewed include:
9:00 Abreu, Milena (currently a candidate for judge)***
9:15 Bandin, Christine ***
9:30 Barket, Michael (currently a candidate for judge)
9:45 Brown, Karl St. Hope ***
10:00 Cabarga, Carmen R.
10:15 Chamorro, Miguel J.
10:30 Cuervo, Raul A. ***
10:45 D’Arce, Madelin
11:15 Delancy, Michelle ***
11:30 Giordano Hansen, Marcia ***
11:45 Gitchev Guerrero, Brenda ***
12:00 Harris, Ayana ***
12:15 Harris Nelson, Julie
1:00 Heller Peter S. ***
1:15 Hillery, Kimberly C.
1:30 Janowitz, Scott ***
1:45 Jean, Lody ***
2:00 Kolokoff, Jeffrey M. ***
2:15 Meltz, Jonathan
2:45 Mena, Griska ***
3:00 Perez-Medina, Luis ***
3:15 Pracitto, Christopher (currently a candidate for judge) ***
3:30 Reboso, Manolo ***
3:45 Silver, Stephanie ***
4:00 Torrents Greenwood, Blanca ***
4:15 White, Gavin N. L
Fear not fellow barristers, for if you missed out on applying for one of these three openings, Judge Wendell Graham has announced his retirement after proudly serving for the past 24 years on the County Court bench.
Wendell Graham began his career serving our community when he joined Janet Reno’s office in 1983. After spending five years there, he spent the next six years as a solo practitioner while also serving as a Traffic Magistrate and a Hearing Officer for the Dade County Public School system. In 1994, Governor Lawton Chiles tapped him to become a County Court Judge. Graham last won re-election in 2016 when he defeated Antonio Jimenez garnering 57% of the vote.
We want to take a moment to thank you Judge Graham for your service to the citizens of our community and to our great State of Florida. I’ve personally known Wendell for more than 30 years and he has always been so kind who all that ever came into contact with him. You never saw Judge Graham raise his voice to anyone appearing in his Court before him. He displayed the type of judicial demeanor we would hope for in all of our judges. I spoke recently to Judge Graham and he has indicated to me that his last day on the bench is scheduled for August 31st. He has decided to return to private practice. He tells me that "he is extremely excited about this opportunity".
Please take a moment and join me as we wish him well in his next chapter of serving our community.
APPLICATION DEADLINE AUGUST 10th .....
Those that would like to file an application with the JNC to replace Judge Graham have until tomorrow to get that done.
But wait, there’s one more open seat on the bench. As many of our readers will also recall, Judge Stephen Millan recently resigned his seat on the Circuit Court bench. The deadline to file an application to replace Judge Millan is also August 10th.
EARLY VOTING BEGINS ON MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2018
Look for our post on Monday as we review the ballot for the eight contested Circuit and County Court races.
Also on Monday, Governor Scott versus The Florida Supreme Court - The Battle for the Fourth Circuit Bench
CAPTAIN OUT .......