• Monday, October 22, 2018 12:32 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Nominating petitions for the 2019 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in The Florida Bar headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 17. All of the board positions are for two-year terms.

    Executive Director Joshua E. Doyle, on October 1 certified to John A. Tomasino, clerk of the Supreme Court, the number of members of The Florida Bar in good standing in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits and outside the State of Florida, and the number of circuit representatives based on the apportionment formula set forth in Rule 2-3.3, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.

    Pursuant to Rule 2-3.4(b), incumbent board members must advise the executive director of their intention to seek reelection to a new term. The board members who do not plan to run again are indicated by an asterisk next to their names.

    Nominating petitions for the Board of Governors must be signed by no fewer than five members in good standing whose official Bar address is in the same judicial circuit (or out-of-state, if applicable) as the nominee (see form below).

    Election ballots will be emailed or mailed on or before March 1, and voted ballots must be received prior to midnight EST, March 21.

    Board of Governors Nominating Petition

    Board of Governors Nominating Petition (Out-ofState)

    Present Board of Governors members whose terms are expiring on June 28, include:

    Lawrence E. Sellers, Jr., Second Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2003

    Michael G. Tanner, Fourth Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2011

    Renée E. Thompson, Fifth Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2013

    Sandra Fascell Diamond, Sixth Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2011

    Stephanie M. Marchman , Eighth Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2017

    Julia L. Frey, Ninth Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2017

    *Dori Foster-Morales, 11th Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2008

    * Deborah B. Baker-Egozi, 11th Circuit , Seat 4, elected in 2016

    Steven W. Davis, 11th Circuit, Seat 6, elected in 2013

    F. Scott Westheimer, 12th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2013

    Amy S. Farrior, 13th Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2017

    * Margaret Diane Mathews, 13th Circuit, Seat 3, elected in 2011

    Ronald P. Ponzoli, Jr., 15th Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2013

    Gary S. Lesser, 15th Circuit, Seat 4, elected in 2011

    Wayne LaRue Smith, 16th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2015

    Diana Santa Maria, 17th Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2013

    Lorna E. Brown-Burton, 17th Circuit, Seat 3, elected in 2012

    Adam G. Rabinowitz, 17th Circuit, Seat 5, elected in 2013

    Gregory S. Weiss, 19th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2018

    *Marcy Lynn Shaw, 20th Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2012

    E. Duffy Myrtetus, Out-of-State, Seat 1, elected in 2015

    Eric L. Meeks, Out-of-State, Seat 3, elected in 2007

    *Does not intend to seek reelection

    Nominating petitions may also be downloaded from and must be completed and returned by December 17 to:

    Joshua E. Doyle
    Executive Director
    The Florida Bar
    651 E. Jefferson St.
    Tallahassee, Fl 32399-2300

  • Friday, October 19, 2018 12:58 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

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  • Sunday, October 14, 2018 12:26 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)
  • Friday, October 05, 2018 12:00 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release:      

    October 5, 2018


    Media Contact:                

    Susan Windmiller                                     


    Miami Women Speak Out

    As women leaders in Miami, we are shocked at the present discourse by some of our elected officials, the blatant mockery and disrespect of women, and in particular of Dr. Ford.  It is at these moments that all women in our community must act together.  We must raise our voices and be LOUD in the most important and effective way with our vote at the ballot box this November 6th.

    Please check your voting status to be sure you are an active voter to participate in this election.  Do not assume that you are - take the minute to verify that you are registered.

    You can Register to Vote or Update Your Information   and check that all your voting details are correct by Tuesday, October 9.  Do not delay!

    Make a voting plan - the ballot is very long with 12 State Constitution amendments, 5 County Charter amendments, School Board Referendum, candidates and more.

    Be an informed voter. Learn about the candidates and the amendments at

    Make your selections and print your personalized ballot.

    Decide how you will vote:  

    Vote By Mail  (and watch the video)   Early Voting (Times & Locations)  or Election Day (where do I vote?)

    Share this message with your sisters, daughters, mother, grandmothers, and friends.

    Take 5 women with you to vote!

    Our vote is our voice and that is our power! 

    Amy Bloom - National Council of Jewish Women of Greater Miami
    Andrea Mercado - New Florida Majority
    Annie Betancourt - League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade
    Caroline Castillo - Women's Chamber of Commerce
    Carrie Feit - Women's March Florida
    Fran Levey - National Council of Jewish Women of Greater Miami
    Jo Glover Thomas – Beta Tau Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
    Kathy Andersen - Women's Fund Miami-Dade
    Louise Ross - Salad & Politics
    Mari Corugedo – LULAC, League of United Latin American Citizens
    Maribel Balbin - League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade
    Maria Rodriguez - Florida Immigrant Coalition
    Marcia Olivo - Miami Workers Center
    Marcia Reisman - Casa Valentina
    Marie Woodson - Miami-Dade County Commission on Women 
    Marika Lynch - Ruth's List Miami
    Marisol Zenteno - League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade
    Marliene Bastien – FANM, Haitian Women of Miami
    Martha Baker – SEIU Local 1991, Service Employees International Union
    Melba Pearson - Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyer's Association
    Mindy Finkelman - National Council of Jewish Women Kendall
    Robin Straus Furlong, M.D. – National Council of Jewish Women of Greater Miami
    Susan Windmiller - League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade  


  • Friday, September 28, 2018 8:45 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018

    Like many of you, I saw the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh yesterday.

    It was a tough day.

    I remember 27 years ago when another victim came forward— Anita Hill. She was lambasted as a political plant and trying to “hold a good black man down”. Her story was dismissed, with her name being shamed. We later discovered there was corroborating evidence of her statement that was withheld in order to assure the confirmation of Clarence Thomas.

    Here we are again. Multiple women have come forward, with one testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dr. Ford reminded me of so many victims I worked with as a prosecutor— frightened, embarrassed, yet determined to tell her story.

    But what is different than a criminal trial is that Dr. Ford was not facing a jury of her peers. She was facing a group of mostly older white men, who wished for her to disappear.

    To be clear, GSCBWLA is nonpartisan. But we stand for justice and the rule of law. We join the American Bar Association in calling for the FBI to conduct a full investigation to ensure that the same mistakes made with Anita Hill are not repeated. This is the highest judicial office in the land, with the ability to change the country for decades to come. It can’t be rushed; it must be gotten right. I have to note that while there were intellectual disagreements about the viewpoints of Justice Neil Gorsuch, not one person came forward to question his integrity or decency. The same applies to every other sitting justice, with the exception of Justice Thomas.

    Lastly, but most importantly, I must address those brave individuals — male and female — who have survived sexual assault or abuse. We stand with you. We believe you. Please practice self care, because the pain of watching the news this week can trigger the past and be emotionally damaging. Seek professional counseling if you need it. The Florida Bar has resources; if you attended the WLOC Summit, one of our presenters, Dr. Delvena Thomas, specializes in emotional trauma.

    Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. 6 of every 1000 offenders go to prison. 2 out of 3 sex assaults go unreported.

    These numbers are a reminder why we need to lift up victims, and end the cycle of rape culture.

    If you want to take action, call Senator Marco Rubio (or the Senator in your home jurisdiction) and tell him to delay the confirmation at 202-224-3121.

    Additionally, you can volunteer at a domestic violence or rape crisis shelter to provide help to women in need.

    The takeaway for me is that more women need to run for office - especially the Senate - to end the chokehold of the old boys club. We have miles to go on the topic of sexual assault in America. But nothing is impossible - every journey starts with a single step. 

    In solidarity, 

    Melba V. Pearson, Esq. 


    Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 12:50 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Miami's Next Leaders, is a non-profit organization training young leaders to take their leadership skills to the next level, become civically engaged and lead our community into the future. We are seeking nominees and applicants for our 2019 Institute which consists of one weekend a month (both Saturday and Sunday) for five months Starting January 2019. You can find more information about us at: You can also apply here. Or nominate someone who you think would benefit from this program here. Also, we are having a Launch Party on October 11th, please see the flyer below.

  • Monday, September 17, 2018 12:34 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    September 12, 2018
    CONTACT: Hayden P. O'Byrne, Esq., Chair
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: (305) 539-3381

    MIAMI – The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Governor Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancy in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court created by the resignation of Circuit Court Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan.

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

    Applicants must submit three copies (3) of their application by 5:00 pm on Friday September 28, 2018, as follows:

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

    Hayden P. O’Byrne
    K&L Gates, LLP
    200 S. Biscayne Blvd. 39th Floor
    Miami, FL 33131-2399

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

    (3):  A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to 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 “18.9.28 FIRSTNAME LASTNAME Circuit 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 Florida Bar’s website at and the Office of the Governor at  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:


    Hayden P. O’Byrne (Chair)
    K&L Gates
    Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900
    200 South Biscayne Blvd.
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-539-3381

    Walter James Harvey (Vice Chair)
    School Board Attorney’s Office
    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400
    Miami, FL  33132
    Tel.:  305-995-1304/Fax:  305-995-1412

    Paul Huck, Jr.
    Jones Day
    600 Brickell Avenue
    Brickell World Plaza, Suite 3300
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-714-9700/Fax: 305-714-9799

    Daniel S. Fridman
    White & Case LLP
    Southeast Financial Center
    200 So. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-995-5264

    Robert H. Fernandez
    Gunster Law Firm
    Brickell World Plaza
    600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3500
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-376-6000/Fax:  786-425-4119

    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

    Christine Hernandez
    United States Attorney’s Office
    99 N.E. 4th Street
    Miami, Fl. 33132
    Tel.:  305-961-9001

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

    Scott  M. Dimond, Esq.
    Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A.
    Offices at Grand Bay Plaza
    2665 South Bayshore Dr., PH 2B
    Miami, FL 33133


  • Monday, September 17, 2018 12:31 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    September 12, 2018
    CONTACT: Jason L. Unger, Chair
    Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: (850) 577-9090

    TALLAHASSEE, [September 12, 2018] — The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications to fill three positions of Florida Supreme Court Justice, appointed by the Governor, upon the mandatory retirement of Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, and Peggy Quince.  Based on the Supreme Court’s current composition, one seat must be filled by a qualified applicant who resides in the Third Appellate District; the other two seats are at-large.

    Applications may be obtained  from Applicants must submit (1) an original application (including all attachments); (2) an electronic copy of the original application (including all attachments) in pdf format; and (3) an electronic redacted copy of the original application, which excludes all material that is exempt or confidential under applicable public records laws.

    The original signed, unredacted paper application must be provided to JNC Chair Jason L. Unger, GrayRobinson, 301 S. Bronough St., Ste. 600, Tallahassee 32301-1724 no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 8, 2018.  Additionally, an unredacted copy of the original application (including all attachments) and a redacted copy must be e-mailed, in pdf format, to all Commission members by the same date and time.

    Applicants who are selected by the Commission for personal interviews will be informed of their interview times by e-mail.


    The members currently serving on the Supreme Court JNC are:

    Chair Unger, Tallahassee,

    Vice Chair Nilda R. Pedrosa, Coral Gables,

    Cynthia G. Angelos, Port St. Lucie,

    Fred Karlinsky, Weston,

    Heather Stearns, Tallahassee,

    Jesse M. Panuccio, Palm Beach Gardens,

    Israel U. Reyes, Coral Gables,

    Hala A. Sandridge, Tampa,

    Jeanne T. Tate, Tampa,


  • Monday, September 17, 2018 12:28 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)
    September 11, 2018
    CONTACT: Darla Marsters
    The Florida Bar
    TELEPHONE: (850) 561-5667

    Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission: Two attorneys to serve six-year terms commencing on January 1, 2019 and expiring December 31, 2024. The 15-member commission is authorized under Article V, Section 12, Florida Constitution, to investigate complaints against judges whose conduct demonstrates a present unfitness to hold office and recommends disciplinary action to the Supreme Court. No member of the commission, except a judge, shall be eligible for state judicial office while acting as a member of the commission and for a period of two years thereafter. No member of the commission shall hold office in a political party or participate in any campaign for judicial office or hold public office; provided that a judge may campaign for judicial office and hold that office.

    Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may click here to download the Application for Special Appointment or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5667, 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  no later than the close of business on Friday, October 19, 2018.  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.


  • Saturday, September 15, 2018 12:26 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

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