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GOVERNOR NAMES NEWEST COUNTY COURT JUDGE IN RECORD TIME ...... Breaking tonight
It was just last week, October 26th to be exact, that the 11th Circuit JNC sent the following six names to the Governor's desk as a result of a vacancy on the County Court bench due to the elevation of County Court Judge Diana Vizcaino:
To the credit of the JNC, half of the nominees had a background in criminal defense as Chris Green began his career as an APD, Kevin Hellman has been with the PD's office for his entire career, and Chris Pracitto is a practicing criminal defense attorney.
Of course this means that none of those three nominees ever had a chance once their names arrived on the Governor's desk. DeSantis has been in office for 34 months now and to date he has only named two PD's to the bench, Ayana Harris (AFPD) and Barry Dickson (APD - appointed to the Escambia County Court).* Contrast that with the fact that our Governor, who likes to brag about the diversity of his appointments, has named 94 ASAs, AUSA, AAGs to the bench of which 57 were working in that capacity at the time of their appointment.
Congratulations to our newest County Court Judge Javier Enriquez, who is currently the General Counsel to the Department of Children & Families (DCF). Judge Enriquez has been a lawyer for - wait for it - exactly seven years. His current assignment has him working in Tallahassee. Enriquez' name was recently on the Governor's desk back in July of this year when he was a finalist for the two open Circuit court seats (Rosa Figarola and Martin Zilber). In 2018, Enriquez ran for State House District 114 against Incumbent Javier Fernandez losing 53% to 47%. Enriquez is a member of the Federalist Society (shocking, I know).
He now joins our Miami-Dade brethren on the County Court bench. Welcome Judge Enriquez.
FACDL-MIAMI 2021 AWARDS GALA - VIRTUAL
The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Miami Chapter will Zoom into your living rooms this Saturday evening at 6:00 PM. If the event comes close to last year's Emmy winning performance hosted by Matthew ("Mike") Meyers then this is must see TV.
You can catch all the action here:
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Congrats to all of the honorees:
Judge Andrea Wolfson - The Gerald Kogan Judicial Distinction Award AKA "The Kogie"
Jeffrey Weiner - The Pearson-Prebish Founders Award
Audra Cohen - The Rodney Thaxton "Against All Odds" Award
Yanelis Zamora - The Gregg Wenzel Outstanding Young Lawyer's Award
Let's all congratulate and recognize our great profession and our colleagues, and judges, who strive to make a difference.
*Governor DeSantis has also named seven former APD's to the bench.