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Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Announces County Court Judge Vacancies

Thursday, April 23, 2020 12:12 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

April 21, 2020
CONTACT: Walter J. Harvey, Chair, Walter.Harvey@dadeschools.net
Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 305-995-1304

MIAMI – Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to provide a list of nominees for the vacancies in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit created by the elevation of Judges Zachary James and Lody Jean. The commission requests that interested candidates submit applications for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8, of the Florida Constitution. They must submit three copies of their application by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 4, as follows:

The original unredacted paper application shall be delivered via mail to:

Walter J. Harvey
School Board Attorney
The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida
1450 N.E 2nd Ave., Suite 430
Miami, FL 33132

The original unredacted application in .pdf format shall be emailed to Walter Harvey. A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to the Eleventh JNC. 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 “04.05.20 FIRSTNAME LASTNAME 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 sheet.

Application forms may be downloaded from the Governor’s JNC webpage. Applicants should include a recent photograph.

To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission, applicants must answer all questions fully and completely. 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 Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission will confer at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, to schedule interviews. A room will be made available to members of the public (The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, Board Attorney’s Office, 1450 N.E. 2nd Ave., Suite 430, Miami, FL 33132) who wish to attend.


Walter James Harvey (Chairman)
School Board Attorney’s Office
1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400
Miami, FL 33132
Office Tel.: 305-995-1304

Robert H. Fernandez (Vice Chairman)
RHF Law Firm, LLC
2600 S. Douglas Road, Suite 305
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Office Tel.:305-215-2264

David Axelman
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
200 S Biscayne Blvd., Ste 400
Miami, FL 33131
Office: Tel.: 786-322-7395

Scott M. Dimond
Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A
Offices at Grand Bay Plaza
2665 South Bayshore Dr. PH 2B
Miami, FL 33133
Office Tel.: 305-374-1920

Daniel S. Fridman
Fridman Fels & Soto, PLLC
2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 750
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Office Tel.: 305-569-7720

Jorge A. Mestre
Rivero Mestre, LLP
2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000,
Miami, FL 33134
Office Tel: 305-445-2500

Hayden P. O’Byrne
United States Attorney’s Office, SDFL
99 NE 4th St.,
Miami, FL 33132
Office: 305-961-9447

Robert R. Pardo
Robert R. Pardo, P.A.
7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512
Miami, FL 33156
Office: Tel.: 305-596-7794

Miranda Lundeen Soto
Shutts & Bowen LLP
200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4100
Miami, Florida 33131
Office Tel.: 305-347-7326


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