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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 12:37 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Judicial Conference of the United States is expected to authorize the appointment of a full time United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Florida in Pensacola, Florida. The essential function of the United States District Court is to dispense justice and United States Magistrate Judges provide an important component of this function.
     
    Applications and additional information about the United States Magistrate Judge position may be obtained from the Office of the Clerk of Court at all four divisional offices of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida and on the Court’s Internet website at www.flnd.uscourts.gov. Applications must be received in accordance with the instructions provided by July 11, 2018.
     
    Both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF version of the application are available, along with the full Public Notice.

    Attachment: 

    PDF icon Pensacola Magistrate Public Notice

    PDF icon Magistrate Application Adobe PDF Fillable

    File Magistrate Application Microsoft Word 


  • Friday, May 11, 2018 12:21 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    May 7, 2018
    CONTACT: 
    William G. McCormick, Chair; william.mccormick@gray-robinson.com
    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 
    954-761-8111


    As a result of the resignation of Circuit Judge Merrilee Ehrlich and the retirement of Circuit Judge Lisa M. Porter, the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Broward Circuit Court.


    Applications for these Circuit Court vacancies must be received by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, and should be delivered to:


    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    c/o William G. McCormick, Chair 
    GrayRobinson, P.A.
    401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 1000 
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-761-8111
    william.mccormick@gray-robinson.com
    gale.myerowitz@gray-robinson.com

    Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. All applicants must have been members of The Florida Bar for at least five years, electors of the state of Florida and residents of the Seventeenth Circuit before taking office.

    The Judicial Applications are available at The Florida Bar website www.floridabar.org. To be considered, applicants must submit the following, without exception:

    ● One original application, typed and bound securely.

    ● One separate redacted copy of the application excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, or other applicable public records law, typed and bound securely.

    ● An electronic copy of both the application and the redacted application, saved in PDF format, each on a separate password-secured flash drive, with the applicant’s name clearly indicated on the exterior of the flash drives. Each PDF must be a single file not to exceed 8 MB. The applicant shall provide the password(s) for the flash drives on a separate piece of paper and shall not write the password on the exterior of the flash drives. No attachments or files unrelated to the application are to be included on the flash drives.

    ● All letters of recommendation that the applicant wishes the commission to consider. They shall be included as attachments to the original application and the redacted copy and shall be included with the applications saved on the flash drives.

    ● The financial disclosure information requested in the application, inclusive of a completed Form 6 (Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interest). It must be submitted with the original application, the redacted application and the electronic copies of each.

    ● A recent photograph of the applicant. It shall be attached to the application and redacted application and included as an attachment to the applications saved to the flash drives.

    ● Any additional information that the applicant feels may be helpful to the commission in assessing the applicant’s qualifications. The information shall be included as attachments to the application and redacted application, and shall be included with the copies of each saved to the flash drives.

    Applicants are asked to strictly follow all requests and instructions in this notice. Failure to do so could result in an application not being considered.

    The commission strongly suggests that applications be submitted as soon as they are prepared and well before the deadline.

    After the deadline for submitting applications, the commission will determine which applicants will be interviewed. Applicants selected will be contacted to confirm the date, time and location of the interviews.

    All proceedings of the commission are open to the public, except for deliberations. Accordingly, applicants should not expect applications and/or information to be kept confidential, subject to applicable Florida Statutes.

    If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to the Governor’s Office, which may request additional copies of same.

    If there is any question about the application process, please contact the chair of the JNC, William G. McCormick, or his assistant, Gale Myerowitz at 954-761-8111.

    SEVENTEENTH CIRCUIT JNC COMMISSIONERS

    William G. McCormick, Chair
    Christina A. McKinnon, Vice Chair
    Sidney C. Calloway
    Ken J. Joyce
    D. David Keller
    B. Russell Marcus
    Christina Sanabria
    Kevin P. Tynan
    Levi G. Williams, Jr.

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  • Friday, May 04, 2018 7:39 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


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  • Friday, April 27, 2018 4:54 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Applications must be postmarked by Monday, June 11, 2018 to Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, PO BOX 02631, Miami, Florida, 33101 or sent via email to info@gscbwla.org.

  • Friday, April 27, 2018 4:45 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    The 2018 Scholarship Application is available for law students attending law school in Miami-Dade or Broward counties. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, May 28, 2018 to Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, PO BOX 02631, Miami, Florida, 33101 or sent via email to info@gscbwla.org.


  • Friday, April 27, 2018 4:30 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice sent this letter regarding recent changes to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar. The amendments are intended to broaden the access to civil justice by expanding the pool of individuals eligible to serve as pro bono emeritus lawyers under the auspices of Court-approved, non-profit legal aid organizations.
     
    The changes took effect on Feb. 1 and at the request of Commission Chair Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, we are providing a copy of the amendments and other material and asking that you please share this important information. Thank you.

  • Friday, April 27, 2018 4:20 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)



    Please return completed application and requisite materials by e-mail in PDF format to Taylor@donpumphrey.com.

    Please, no phone calls. All questions about the scholarship can be directed to Taylor@donpumphrey.com.


  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:01 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 6, 2018
    CONTACT: Darla Marsters, dmarsters@floridabar.org
    The Florida Bar

    TELEPHONE: (850) 561-5667

    COMMITTEE SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR PUBLIC MEMBER SEAT ON THE FLORIDA BOARD OF BAR EXAMINERS

    TALLAHASSEE – Members of the public are invited to volunteer on or before March 26, 2018, for one three-year term on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, the administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Florida that handles matters of bar admission. The Supreme Court of Florida will appoint one public member to serve on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Board ensures that applicants have met the requirements of the Rules with regard to character and fitness, education and technical competence prior to recommending to the Supreme Court of Florida an applicant’s admission to The Florida Bar.

    A public member volunteer should possess education or work-related experience such as educational testing, accounting, statistical analysis, medicine, psychology, or related sciences. A bachelor’s degree is required. Lawyers are not eligible. 

    Board members of the Bar Examiners must be able to attend approximately ten meetings a year in various Florida locations, with travel and subsistence expenses reimbursed. Board members should be willing and able to devote the equivalent of 3-4 days’ work a month, or up to 350 or more hours per year on Board business, depending on committee assignments. 

    Board members should be interested in seeking to improve the examination and its administration, and to evaluate carefully the character and fitness of applicants seeking admission to the Bar. Board members should be free of adverse interests, conflicting duties, or inconsistent obligations that may interfere or appear to interfere with the proper administration of the Board’s mandate from the Court.

    The vacancy will occur on Nov. 1, 2018, with the expiration of the term of Robert D. Shaw, Jr., of Orlando.

    Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may click here to download the Questionnaire for Public Member Vacancy or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain the questionnaire. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to specialapptapp@floridabar.org no later than the close of business on Monday, March 26, 2018. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. A joint committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

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  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 12:58 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 6, 2018
    CONTACT: Darla Marsters, dmarsters@floridabar.org
    The Florida Bar

    TELEPHONE: (850) 561-5667

    THE FLORIDA BAR SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR APPOINTMENTS TO THE FLORIDA BOARD OF BAR EXAMINERS

    Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill three vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, the administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Florida that handles matters of bar admission. A joint screening committee of Florida Bar Board of Governors members and Board of Bar Examiners members will recommend nine nominees for three lawyer vacancies at its May 18, 2018, meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill three five-year terms commencing Nov. 1, 2018, and expiring on Oct. 31, 2023.

    Attorney members must have been a member of The Florida Bar for at least five years. They must be practicing lawyers with scholarly attainments and have an affirmative interest in legal education and requirements for admission to the Bar. Appointment or election to the bench at any level of the court system will disqualify any applicant. Law professors or trustees are ineligible.

    Board members of the Bar Examiners must be able to attend approximately ten meetings a year in various Florida locations. Members should be willing and able to devote the equivalent of 3-4 days’ work a month, or up to 350 or more hours per year on Board business, depending on committee assignments. Actual travel expenses connected with the meetings and examinations are reimbursed.

    Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may click here to download the Application for Special Appointment or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to specialapptapp@floridabar.org no later than the close of business on Monday, March 26, 2018. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. A joint committee of Florida Bar Board of Governors and Florida Board of Bar Examiners members will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

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