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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NOMINEES .....
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
AND YOUR NEXT TWO FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICES .....
Will come from the list below. Nine names were sent to Governor DeSantis last week. Six of the nominees are currently on the bench. Four of the nominees are under age 40. The Governor must choose one of the three names that are residents from the 3rd DCA (noted by the asterisk) while the second is an at-large appointment. The following are the nominees to fill the two vacancies created by the resignations of Justice Barbara Lagoa and Justice Robert Luck:
*John Couriel - (currently with Kobre & Kim). Member of The Florida Bar for 15 years and former AUSA.
Judge Renatha Francis - (County Court 2017 - Rick Scott; Circuit Court Miami-Dade County 2018 - Rick Scott; Circuit Court Palm Beach County 2019 - Ron DeSantis). Member of The Florida Bar for 9 years. *****
Judge Jonathan Gerber - (County Court 2002 - Jeb Bush; Circuit Court Palm Beach County 2004 - Jeb Bush; 4th DCA 2009 - Charlie Crist). Member of The Florida Bar for 26 years and formerly with Shutts and Bowen before taking the bench.
Judge Jamie Grosshans - (County Court Orange County 2017 - Rick Scott; 5th DCA 2018 - Rick Scott). Member of The Florida Bar for 13 years and former ASA.
*Judge Norma Lindsey - (County Court 2006 - Jeb Bush; Circuit Court 2011 - Rick Scott; 3rd DCA 2017 - Rick Scott). Member of The Florida Bar for 26 years and formerly a commercial litigation attorney before taking the bench.
Judge Timothy Osterhaus - (1st DCA 2013 - Rick Scott). Member of The Florida Bar for 21 years and formerly the Solicitor General of Florida.
*Eliot Pedrosa - (formerly with Greenberg Traurig for 19 years as Head of the Litigation Department; currently United States Executive Director Inter-American Development Bank). Member of The Florida Bar for 20 years.
Judge Lori Rowe - (1st DCA 2009 - Charlie Crist); Member of The Florida Bar for 22 years and formerly Florida's Deputy Attorney General.
Meredith Sasso - (5th DCA 2019 - Rick Scott); Member of The Florida Bar for 11 years and formerly Chief Deputy General Counsel to Rick Scott.
*****Florida’s Supreme Court has been without a black jurist since 2018, a gap that Gov. Ron DeSantis has been pressured to fill. There are two vacancies on the court, and the Judicial Nominating Commission has offered nine nominees, only one of whom is black. And there’s another problem: That nominee, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Renatha Francis, is technically unqualified. As The Palm Beach Post notes, the Florida Constitution requires justices on the high court be a member of the Florida Bar for 10 years. And Francis has not been a member of the bar — or a lawyer — for 10 years. She graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2010 and was admitted to the bar on Sep. 24 that year. If nominated by Gov. Ron DeSantis, she wouldn’t be able to serve until Sept. 24, 2020.
SO, YOU WANT TO BE A COUNTY COURT JUDGE .....
The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is extending the deadline for applications to fill the vacancies in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit created by the elevation of Judges Christina DiRaimondo, Robert Watson and Ramiro Areces. The commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8, of the Florida Constitution. Applicants must submit three copies of their application by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7.
CAPTAIN OUT .......