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  • Thursday, April 07, 2022 11:55 PM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)


    CONFIRMATION OF JUSTICE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON 

    TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES


    PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    Miami, Florida, April 7, 2022 - The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association (“GSCBWLA”) congratulates Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on her confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States as an Associate Justice. We also congratulate Doctor Patrick Jackson, Attorney Johnny Brown, Principal Ellery Brown, and their entire family on the confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Justice Jackson is the first Black woman confirmed to the United States Supreme Court. Her historic confirmation occurred 232 years after the Supreme Court of the United States held its first assembly and 150 years after Attorney Charlotte E. Ray passed the bar in the District of Columbia. Justice Jackson’s confirmation is marked progress towards the concept that the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States should reflect the great diversity of this nation.

    We commend President Biden for nominating her to the highest court in the land and commend the United States Senate’s bipartisan confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

    “Justice Jackson’s confirmation epitomizes the highest ideals of the United States of America where anyone can hope, dream, and work hard to become anything that they want to be including a Justice for the Supreme Court of the United States.” - GSCBWLA President Nakia Ruffin

    The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association is committed to equality in the legal profession and diversity in the judiciary.  A diverse bench is a bench that is diverse along racial, cultural, ethnic, and gender lines, and is reflective of the community it serves.

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  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 11:57 AM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)

    Deadline Extended for JNC Nomination Applications! 

    The Florida Bar nominates six lawyers for each of the state’s 26 judicial nominating commissions to the governor for appointment. The Bar’s Board of Governors wants all interested attorneys to apply because it is critical to have a wide range of attorneys, from diverse practice areas, geographic locations, and demographics, to select from.

     

    Applications must be submitted no later than 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24.

     

    Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1. Applicants must be members of The Florida Bar engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the JNC to which the member is applying. Commissioners are ineligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their terms.

     

    The Board of Governors’ screening committees reviews all JNC applications. The Executive Committee then makes recommendations to the Board of Governors.

     

    Click here to begin the application process and download the new application form. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. If you require assistance, call Bar headquarters at 850-561-5757 or email kwilson@floridabar.org.

    Apply Now!

  • Friday, February 25, 2022 11:52 PM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)


    NOMINATION OF JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON
    TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES


    PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Miramar, Florida, February 25, 2022 - President Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is the first Black woman nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States and she is extremely well-qualified to serve as a United States Supreme Court Justice. We applaud today’s history making nomination.

    We also acknowledge that the nomination occurred 232 years after the Supreme Court of the United States held its first assembly and 150 years after Attorney Charlotte E. Ray passed the bar in the District of Columbia. The nomination is progress towards embodying the concept that the bench, including the Supreme Court of the United States, should reflect the community in which it serves. The Supreme Court’s community is the entire United States of America and as such should reflect the great diversity of this nation.

    The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. We also commend President Biden for nominating her to the highest court in the land.

    We are committed to equality in the legal profession and diversity in the judiciary. A diverse bench is a bench that is diverse along racial, cultural, ethnic, and gender lines, and is reflective of the community it serves.

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  • Friday, January 14, 2022 5:35 PM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)


    For donation of physical items please contact Chair, Sherria Williams, Esq., at williams.sherria@gmail.com or 305-986-1860. To make a monetary donation, please donate at https://gscbwla.org/foundation. Thank you!

  • Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:53 PM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION

    COUNTY COURT JUDGE VACANCY

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    October 26, 2021

    CONTACT: Miranda L. Soto, Chair

    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

    Miranda.Soto@bipc.com

    TELEPHONE: (305) 347-4086

    MIAMI – The Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit has nominated

    the following individuals for appointment to the Miami-Dade County Court for the vacancy

    resulting from the elevation of County Court Judge Diana Vizcaino to the Circuit Court in Miami-

    Dade County:

    Karl Brown Christopher Green

    Heloiza Correa Kevin Hellmann

    Javier Enriquez Christopher Pracitto

    The Commission thanks the members of the bench, bar, and public who took the time to provide

    feedback and meaningful input about the applicants.

    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

    Robert H. Fernandez

    RHF Law Firm, LLC

    2600 South Douglas Road, Suite 305

    Coral Gables, FL 33134

    Tel.: 786-315-4479

    rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com

  • 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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