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  • Monday, October 11, 2021 2:25 PM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)

    The Middle District of Florida will appoint a full-time magistrate judge for the Fort Myers Division. A detailed public notice, application, and article describing the duties and qualifications of the position can be found on the Court's website here. The Clerk must receive each application by 5:00 p.m. on November 19, 2021.

  • Monday, October 04, 2021 10:05 PM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION 

    COUNTY COURT JUDGE VACANCY 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    October 4, 2021 

    CONTACT: Miranda L. Soto, Chair 

    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission 

    Miranda.Soto@bipc.com 

    TELEPHONE: (305) 347-4086 

    MIAMI – The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Governor Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancy in the Miami-Dade County Court created by the elevation of County Court Judge Diana Vizcaino. 

    The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for a county court judge as described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. 

    Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on October 15, 2021, as follows: 

    The “Judicial Appointment Application 2021” may be downloaded in pdf and word format at: https://www.flgov.com/judicial-and-judicial-nominating-commission-information/. 

    (1) : The original unredacted application shall be emailed in .pdf format to: Miranda.Soto@bipc.com and jnc@pedroallende.com. 

    (2) : A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to the following emails listed below: 

    • Miranda.Soto@bipc.com 

    • jnc@pedroallende.com 

    • walter.harvey@dadeschools.net 

    • sdimond@dkrpa.com 

    • haydenjnc@gmail.com 

    • rpardo@pardolaw.com 

    • jsuarez@gjb-law.com 

    • jmestre@riveromestre.com 

    • rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com 

    Personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as a social security number—shall be redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes

    Untimely applications will not be considered. The filename for .pdf applications should be as follows: “FIRST NAME LAST NAME County Application (redacted/unredacted).” 

    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. 

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the Commission. Please print to .pdf in lieu of scanning where possible. 

    Include all letters of recommendation that the applicant wishes the Commission to consider. The letters shall be attachments to the original application and the redacted copy and shall be included with the application saved in the .pdf file. Any additional information that the applicant feels may be helpful to the Commission in assessing the applicant’s qualifications shall be included as attachments to the original application and redacted copy saved in the .pdf file. 

    The Commission strongly suggests that applications be submitted as soon as they are prepared and well before the deadline. Applicants granted an interview will be scheduled in the order in which applications are received. 

    After the deadline for submitting applications, the Commission will determine which applicants will be interviewed. At this time, it is anticipated that interviews will be conducted in person on October 26, 2021, although this date is subject to change. The Commission will consider accommodating applicants who request to be interviewed remotely upon request. 

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION MEMBERS Miranda L. Soto (Chair) Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC Two South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1500 Miami, FL 33131 Tel.: 305-347-4086 Miranda.Soto@bipc.com 

    Pedro Allende (Vice Chair) 

    Tel: 305-482-3529 

    jnc@pedroallende.com 

    Walter James Harvey School Board Attorney’s Office 1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400 Miami, FL 33132 Tel.: 305-995-1304/Fax: 305-995-1412 walter.harvey@dadeschools.net 

    Scott M. Dimond 

    Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A. 

    Offices at Grand Bay Plaza 

    2665 South Bayshore Dr., PH 2B 

    Miami, FL 33133 

    305-374-1920 

    sdimond@dkrpa.com 

    Hayden P. O’Byrne 

    United States Attorney’s Office, SDFL 

    99 N.E. 4th Street 

    Miami, FL 33132 

    Tel: 305-961-9447/Fax: 305-530-7679 

    haydenjnc@gmail.com 

    Robert R. Pardo Robert R. Pardo, P.A. 7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512 Miami, FL 33156 Tel.: 305-596-7794/Fax: 305-596-5854 rpardo@pardolaw.com 

    Jesus M. Suarez 

    Genovese, Joblove & Battista, P.A. 

    100 S.E. Second Street, Suite 4400 

    Miami, Florida 33131 

    Tel: 305-349-2300 

    jsuarez@gjb-law.com 

    Jorge A. Mestre 

    Rivero Mestre, LLP 

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000 

    Miami, FL 33134 

    Tel: 305-445-2500 

    jmestre@riveromestre.com 

    Click Here for a pdf version of this announcement.

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 10:59 PM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)

    2022 JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION NOMINATIONS TO BE MADE


    The Florida Bar has the opportunity to nominate six lawyers for each Judicial Nominating Commission to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1, 2022. Applicants must be members of The Florida Bar engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their term.

    Applications must be submitted no later than 5:30 p.m., Monday, January 3, 2022. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Screening committees of the Board of Governors will review all JNC applications. The Executive Committee will then make recommendations to the Board of Governors.

    Click the link below for a copy of the application.

    Judicial-Nominating-Commission-Application-for-Appointment-Form-R-ADA-08242021.pdf

    If you require assistance, please call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757 or email Kristen Wilson at mailto:kwilson@floridabar.org.

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 10:51 PM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)

    Applications Being Accepted for Full-Time U.S. Magistrate Judge Position-Pensacola

    The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida is currently accepting applications for a full-time United States magistrate judge position to be resident in the Pensacola division of the court.  Additional details regarding the position and the application process are available on the court's website at www.flnd.uscourts.gov or by using the link below.  Applications must be received no later than December 15, 2021. 

    A copy of the full public notice can be found here.

    Click here to download a copy of the application in word.


  • Saturday, September 04, 2021 11:19 AM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)

    THE FLORIDA BAR BOARD OF GOVERNORS TO MAKE DECEMBER APPOINTMENTS

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 31, 2021
    CONTACT: Kristen Wilson, kwilson@floridabar.org
    The Florida Bar
    TELEPHONE: 850-561-5757


    Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee: Six lawyers, one from each state appellate district, and one at-large member to serve two-year terms commencing January 1, 2022. The Florida Bar president receives the recommendations of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section for consideration. The committee is composed of 11 lawyers appointed by The Florida Bar and 11 realtors appointed by the Florida Association of Realtors. The committee promotes cordial relations between realtors and attorneys and presents educational seminars.

    Florida Rural Legal Services: One attorney to serve a three-year term commencing January 1, 2022 on its 20-member Board of Directors. Other appointing organizations are the NBA, Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter, ACLU, voluntary bar associations and various other eligible client and community organizations. The mission of Florida Rural Legal Services is to empower low-income individuals, groups, and communities by providing them with access to justice through legal advice, representation, and advocacy.

    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference:  One delegate to represent the Northern District of Florida to serve a four-year term commencing January 1, 2022.  The biennial conference consists of educational opportunities and meetings (by state) on matters of mutual concern. The Bar’s three delegates contribute to planning and organizing an event during the conference in every odd numbered year.

    Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may 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 email  no later than the close of business on Friday, October 22, 2021.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application.  The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

    About The Florida Bar

    Founded in 1949, The Florida Bar serves the legal profession for the protection and benefit of both the public and all Florida lawyers. As one of the nation’s largest mandatory bars, The Florida Bar fosters and upholds a high standard of integrity and competence within Florida’s legal profession as an official arm of the Florida Supreme Court. To learn more, visit FloridaBar.org.

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  • Sunday, August 15, 2021 11:50 PM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)



    Fall 2021 Fellowship Announcement

    Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association

    and Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.


    MISSION

    Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry was a pioneer attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (“LSGMI”), where she promoted equal justice and advocated on behalf of low-income communities in Miami-Dade County, among her many other accomplishments. The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association Fellowship at LSGMI was established to honor Mrs. Cherry and to continue her legacy and humanitarian efforts.

     

    FELLOW RESPONSIBILITIES

    The GSCBWLA Fellow’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: interviewing clients in person and by telephone; conducting factual investigations, including visiting a client’s home; performing legal research and writing; drafting pleadings, motions and discovery requests; reviewing documents; preparing for and observing administrative and court hearings; participating in after-hours legal clinics; and participating in after-hours community education events.

     

    WHO SHOULD APPLY?

    We are seeking an extraordinary Fellow with a strong commitment to public service. To be eligible for the GSCBWLA Fellowship, prospective applicants must be enrolled in law school, be a 2L, 3L, 4L, or LLM, and demonstrate a commitment to equal justice and advocating for low-income clients in Miami-Dade County.

     

     

    STIPEND

    The stipend will be paid bi-weekly. If the GSCBWLA Fellow is a 2L, s/he will receive $13 per hour. If the GSCBWLA Fellow is a 3L, 4L, or LLM, s/he will receive $14 per hour.  This is a Fall 2021 placement and will require the Fellow to work 10-12 weeks. The hours will be flexible but it is recommended that the Fellow work a minimum of five hours per week and a maximum of 30 hours per week.

     

    APPLICATION, DEADLINE, AND SELECTION PROCESS

    To apply, please submit a one (1) page cover letter indicating how you will continue Gwen S. Cherry’s legacy and serve as an asset to LSGMI, your resume, law school transcript (PDF scans of official transcript are required), and application form.  Applications MUST be submitted via email by 12:00 midnight on Monday, August 23, 2021 to Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, c/o Nakia Ruffin at info@gscbwla.org. The recipient of the Fellowship award will be notified in writing on or before Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

    The Application form can be found on the following link. Fall 2021 GSCBWLA-LSGMI Fellowship Appln.docx.pdf

  • Monday, July 05, 2021 2:39 PM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)

    Availability of a Bankruptcy Judgeship Position in the Middle District of Florida at Jacksonville

    Wednesday, June 30, 2021

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida at Jacksonville. The basic jurisdiction of a bankruptcy judge is specified in Title 28, United States Code(link is external) and explained in Title 11, United States Code(link is external), as well as in 98 Stat. 344, Pub. L. 98 353, Title I, § 120.

    To be qualified for appointment an applicant must -

    1. Be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of at least one state, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and a member in good standing of every other bar of which the applicant is a member.
    2. (1) Possess, and have a reputation for, integrity and good character; (2) possess, and have demonstrated, a commitment to equal justice under the law; (3) possess, and have demonstrated, outstanding legal ability and competence; (4) indicate by demeanor, character, and personality that the applicant would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed; and (5) be of sound physical and mental health sufficient to perform the essential duties of the office.
    3. Not be related by blood or marriage to (1) a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; (2) a member of the Judicial Council of the Eleventh Circuit; or (3) a judge of the district court to be served, within the degrees specified in section 458 of Title 28, United States Code(link is external), at the time of the initial appointment.
    4. Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years. The Judicial Council may consider other suitable legal experience as a substitute for the active practice of law.

    The selection process will be confidential and competitive. The current annual salary is $201,112. Persons shall be considered without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, or disability. The individual selected must comply with the financial disclosure requirements pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, Pub. L. No. 95-521, 92 Stat. 1824 (1978)(link is external) (codified as amended at 5 U.S.C. app. §§ 101-111)(link is external)). If you are interested in applying, please submit an original unbound completed application to James P. Gerstenlauer, Circuit Executive, 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Application forms are available on the Court's Website at www.ca11.uscourts.gov. Applications must be submitted only by potential nominees to the Circuit Executive's Office and must be received by 30 July 2021. Submission of a completed application will be considered verification of willingness to serve if selected. Emailed and faxed copies of applications will not be accepted.

    Resources

    Availability of a Bankruptcy Judgeship Position in the Middle District of Florida at Jacksonville (PDF)(link is external)

  • Sunday, June 13, 2021 1:55 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    June 8, 2021
    CONTACT: Robert H. Fernandez, Chair; rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: (786) 315-4479


    The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancies in the Miami-Dade Circuit & County Court created by the resignations of Circuit Court Judges Rosa Figarola & Martin Zilber and County Court Judge Miguel Mirabal.

    The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for circuit court and county judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution.

    Applicants must submit three copies (3) of their application by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021, as follows:

    (1): The original unredacted paper application shall be mailed or delivered to:

    Robert H. Fernandez
    RHF Law Firm, LLC
    2600 South Douglas Road, Suite 305
    Coral Gables, FL 33134

    (2): The original unredacted application shall be emailed in .pdf format to: rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com.

    (3): A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to eleventhjnc@rhflawfirm.com. Personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—shall be redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes.

    Untimely applications will not be considered. The filename for .pdf applications should be as follows “21.06.25 FIRSTNAME LASTNAME Circuit and/or County Application (redacted/unredacted).”

    Applicants are invited to provide the Chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the Commissioners to observe. The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the Chair at any time before the interview day. No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.

    Applications may be downloaded from the Office of the Governor at www.flgov.com. Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the Commission. Please print to .pdf in lieu of scanning where possible.

    The Commission will convene telephonically on Mon., June 28, 2021 to discuss scheduling interviews of the most qualified applicants. A conference room will be available at RHF Law Firm, LLC, 2600 South Douglas Road, Suite 305, Coral Gables, FL 33134 for those interested in attending.

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION MEMBERS

    Robert H. Fernandez (Chair)
    RHF Law Firm, LLC
    2600 South Douglas Road, Suite 305
    Coral Gables, FL 33134
    Tel.: 786-315-4479
    rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com 
    Miranda L. Soto (Vice Chair)
    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC Two
    South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1500
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: 305-347-4086
    Miranda.Soto@bipc.com 
    Walter James Harvey
    School Board Attorney’s Office
    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400
    Miami, FL 33132
    Tel.: 305-995-1304/Fax: 305-995-1412
    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net 
    Scott M. Dimond
    Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A. Offices at Grand Bay Plaza
    2665 South Bayshore Dr., PH 2B
    Miami, FL 33133
    305-374-1920
    sdimond@dkrpa.com 
    Hayden P. O’Byrne
    United States Attorney’s Office, SDFL
    99 N.E. 4th Street
    Miami, FL 33132
    Tel: 305-961-9447/Fax: 305-530-7679
    haydenjnc@gmail.com 
    Robert R. Pardo Robert R. Pardo, P.A.
    7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512
    Miami, FL 33156
    Tel.: 305-596-7794/Fax: 305-596-5854
    rpardo@pardolaw.com 
    Jesus M. Suarez
    Genovese, Joblove & Battista, P.A.
    100 S.E. Second Street, Suite 4400
    Miami, Florida 33131
    Tel: 305-349-2300
    jsuarez@gjb-law.com 
    Jorge A. Mestre Rivero Mestre, LLP
    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000
    Miami, FL 33134
    Tel: 305-445-2500
    jmestre@riveromestre.com 
    Pedro Allende
    Tel: 305-482-3529
    jnc@pedroallende.com

     

    About The Florida Bar

    Founded in 1949, The Florida Bar serves the legal profession for the protection and benefit of both the public and all Florida lawyers. As one of the nation’s largest mandatory bars, The Florida Bar fosters and upholds a high standard of integrity and competence within Florida’s legal profession as an official arm of the Florida Supreme Court. To learn more, visit FloridaBar.org.

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  • Sunday, April 25, 2021 1:49 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

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    The Real Property Probate & Trust Law (RPPTL) Section of the Florida Bar is now accepting applications for its 2-year Fellowship Program established to recruit and retain attorneys of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds into the RPPTL Section. Fellows are awarded a scholarship to support their travel and lodging fees to attend RPPTL meetings. 

    Application: https://rpptl.org/Private/Content/Committees/2021%20Application%20-%20fillable.pdf

    RPPTL Fellows Committee: https://rpptl.org/DrawCommittees.aspx?GroupCommitteeTypeID=3&GroupCommitteeID=10

    The deadline to apply is May 7, 2021.

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 5:29 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    United States Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Florida - Home | Facebook


    The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida at Orlando. The position will become available upon the retirement of Judge Karen S. Jennemann in February 2022.

    Click HERE to view full notice.

    Click HERE to access the application.

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