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  • Friday, March 20, 2020 12:23 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Please submit the application to info@gscbwla.org. Thank you!

  • Monday, March 02, 2020 12:51 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

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    2020

    MARSHALL R. CASSEDY, SR. AWARD

    Presented to a Voluntary Executive or Florida Bar Staff Member who has provided extraordinary service to either a Voluntary Bar or The Florida Bar Given by The Florida Bar President at the Annual Convention 

    Established in 2012, this award honors and recognizes the legacy and attributes of Marshall R. Cassedy, Sr., who served with great distinction as Executive Director of The Florida Bar from 1961-1980. After Mr. Cassedy died in 2011, then-President Scott Hawkins appointed a committee to develop recommendations to honor him. In addition to this award, which is presented at the Annual Convention, there is a permanent commemorative plaque in the lobby at Bar headquarters in Tallahassee.

    NOMINATIONS ARE DUE Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 5:30 p.m. EST

    Nomination Letter: Please include the following information in your nomination letter to be submitted as a .PDF via email:

    RE: 2020 MARSHALL R. CASSEDY, SR. AWARD

    Name of Nominee

    Position and Name of Organization

    Mailing Address

    City/State/Zip

    Office telephone

    Email of Nominee

    Name of Nominator(s)

    Nominator(s) telephone and email

    Please describe how the nominee has provided extraordinary service to either a Voluntary Bar or The Florida Bar:

    Supporting materials

    Supporting materials are not required but if the nominator wishes to provide any, they should be submitted in a single .pdf with the nomination letter.

    Submission of nominations

    Please email to: fwalker@floridabar.org no later than 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020. An acknowledgement of receipt of the nomination will be sent to you; if you don’t receive it, please call or email Francine Walker, 850-561-5762.

  • Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:09 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


    The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees to fill the circuit court vacancies in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit created by the retirements of Judges Jacqueline Hogan Scola and John Schlesinger. 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 of their application by 5 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 16, as follows:

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

    Walter J. Harvey

    School Board Attorney

    The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida

    1450 N.E 2nd Avenue, Suite 430

    Miami, Florida 33132

    (2): The original unredacted application shall be emailed in .pdf format to: Walter.Harvey@dadeschools.net.

    (3): A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to eleventhjnc@dadeschools.net. 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 “20.03.16 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 and the Office of the Governor.

    Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the JNC 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 Eleventh Circuit JNC will confer at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 17, 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 Avenue, Suite 430, Miami, Florida 33132) who wish to attend.

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JNC MEMBERS

    Walter James Harvey (chairman)

    School Board Attorney’s Office

    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office Tel.: 305-995-1304

    Fax: 305-995-1412

    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net

    Robert H. Fernandez (vice chairman)

    RHF Law Firm, LLC

    2600 S. Douglas Road, Suite 305

    Coral Gables, FL 33134

    Office Tel.:305-215-2264

    rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com

    David Axelman

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

    200 S Biscayne Blvd., Ste 400

    Miami, FL 33131

    Office: Tel.: 786-322-7395

    Fax: 786-322-7501

    David.Axelman@bclplaw.com

    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

    Fax: 305-374-1961

    sdimond@dkrpa.com

    Daniel S. Fridman

    Fridman Fels & Soto, PLLC

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 750

    Coral Gables, FL 33134

    Office Tel.: 305-569-7720

    dfridman@ffslawfirm.com

    Jorge A. Mestre Rivero Mestre, LLP

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000, Miami, FL 33134

    Office Tel: 305-445-2500

    Fax: 305-445-2505

    Jmestre@riveromestre.com

    Hayden P. O’Byrne

    United States Attorney’s Office, SDFL

    99 NE 4th St.,

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office: 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

    Office: Tel.: 305-596-7794

    Fax: 305-596-5854

    RPardo@Pardolaw.com

    Miranda Lundeen Soto

    Shutts & Bowen LLP

    200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4100

    Miami, Florida 33131

    Office Tel.: 305-347-7326

    Fax: 305-347-7985

    MLundeenSoto@shutts.com

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  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:17 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Please submit the application to info@gscbwla.org. Thank you!

  • Tuesday, February 04, 2020 12:21 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 4, 2020
    CONTACT: Kristen Wilson, kwilson@flabar.org
    The Florida Bar
    TELEPHONE: 850-561-5757


    Florida Board of Bar Examiners Vacancies: Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill three vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. 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 15 meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill three five-year terms commencing November 1, 2020 and expiring on October 31, 2025.

    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 10 meetings a year in various Florida locations. Members should be willing and able to devote the equivalent of three to four 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 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 e-mail to specialapptapp@floridabar.org no later than the close of business on Monday, March 23. 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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  • Friday, January 24, 2020 11:55 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 23, 2020
    CONTACT: Walter J. Harvey, Chair; walter.harvey@dadeschools.net
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 305-995-1304


    The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is extending the deadline for applications to fill the vacancies in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit created by the elevation of Judges Christina DiRaimondo, Robert Watson and Ramiro Areces. The commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8, of the Florida Constitution. Applicants must submit three copies of their application by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, as follows:

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

    Walter J. Harvey

    School Board Attorney

    The School Board of Miami-Dade County

    1450 N.E 2nd Avenue, Suite 430

    Miami, Florida 33132

    (2): The original unredacted application shall be emailed in .pdf format to: Walter.Harvey@dadeschools.net.

    (3): A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to eleventhjnc@dadeschools.net. 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 “20.02.07 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 and the Office of the Governor. Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the JNC 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 Eleventh Circuit JNC will confer at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, to schedule interviews. A room will be made available to members of the public (The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Board Attorney’s Office, 1450 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 430, Miami, Florida 33132) who wish to attend.

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION MEMBERS

    Walter James Harvey (chairman)

    School Board Attorney’s Office

    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office Tel.: 305-995-1304

    Fax: 305-995-1412

    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net

    Robert H. Fernandez (vice chairman)

    RHF Law Firm, LLC

    2600 S. Douglas Road, Suite 305

    Coral Gables, FL 33134

    Office Tel.:305-215-2264

    rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com

    David Axelman

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

    200 S Biscayne Blvd., Ste 400

    Miami, FL 33131

    Office: Tel.: 786-322-7395

    Fax: 786-322-7501

    David.Axelman@bclplaw.com

    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

    Fax: 305-374-1961

    sdimond@dkrpa.com

    Daniel S. Fridman

    Fridman Fels & Soto, PLLC

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 750

    Coral Gables, FL 33134

    Office Tel.: 305-569-7720

    dfridman@ffslawfirm.com

    Jorge A. Mestre Rivero Mestre, LLP

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000, Miami, FL 33134

    Office Tel: 305-445-2500

    Fax: 305-445-2505

    Jmestre@riveromestre.com

    Hayden P. O’Byrne

    United States Attorney’s Office, SDFL

    99 NE 4th St.,

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office: 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

    Office: Tel.: 305-596-7794

    Fax: 305-596-5854

    RPardo@Pardolaw.com

    Miranda Lundeen Soto

    Shutts & Bowen LLP

    200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4100

    Miami, Florida 33131

    Office Tel.: 305-347-7326

    Fax: 305-347-7985

    MLundeenSoto@shutts.com

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  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:19 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

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    The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit invites applicants for the Federal Public Defender position for the Middle District of Florida stationed at Tampa. The Federal Public Defender serves a four-year term and may seek reappointment. The Federal Public Defender, under authority of 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(g)(2)(A)(link is external), provides criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel and supervises a full-time staff of attorneys and administrative and clerical personnel. A review committee will evaluate all qualified candidates in accordance with the regulations of the Judicial Conference of the United States and the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit governing the appointment and reappointment of Federal Public Defenders.

    The Court is searching for the best qualified person currently available and encourages applications from all qualified persons, including women, members of minority groups, and individuals with disabilities. All applications will be subject to the same standard of review. The current salary is $170,800. Hiring for this position is subject to the availability of funds. Federal public defenders may not engage in the private practice of law and are subject to judiciary financial disclosure requirements.

    The qualify for appointment as a Federal Public Defender, applicants must:

    1. be members in good standing of at least one state bar or the District of Columbia or the Virgin Islands bar, and members in good standing of every other bar of which they are members;
       
    2. have been engaged in the active practice of criminal law for a period of at least five years, preferably with significant federal criminal trial and appellate experience;
       
    3. possess the ability to administer a Federal Public Defender's office effectively;
       
    4. possess, and have a reputation for:
      1. integrity and good character;
         
      2. sound physical and mental health;
         
      3. commitment to equal justice under law and vigorous representation of his or her clients;
         
      4. outstanding legal ability and competence (evidenced by substantial legal experience, ability to deal with complex legal problems, aptitude for legal scholarship and writing, and familiarity with courts and court processes);
    5. have a commitment to the vigorous representation of those unable to afford counsel; and
       
    6. not be related by blood or marriage to a judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals or to a judge of the district court to be served, within the degrees specified in Title 28, United States Code, Section 458(link is external) at the time of the initial appointment.

    Applications are available at www.ca11.uscourts.gov; from any federal Clerk of Court in the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia; and from the Circuit Executive, James P. Gerstenlauer, 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Applications should be submitted in confidence to the Circuit Executive and must be received in the Circuit Executive's Office no later than 19 February 2020. Email and fax copies of applications will not be accepted.

    The United States Courts are equal opportunity employers

    Resources

    Public Notice: Appointment of Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Florida(link is external) (PDF)

  • Thursday, January 09, 2020 1:07 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 9, 2020
    CONTACT: Walter J. Harvey, Chair; walter.harvey@dadeschools.net
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 305-995-1304


    The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancies in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit created by the elevation of Judges Christina DiRaimondo, Robert Watson and Ramiro Areces. The commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8, of the Florida Constitution. Applicants must submit three copies of their application by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, as follows:

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

    Walter J. Harvey

    School Board Attorney

    The School Board of Miami-Dade County

    1450 N.E 2nd Avenue, Suite 430

    Miami, Florida 33132

    (2): The original unredacted application shall be emailed in .pdf format to: Walter.Harvey@dadeschools.net.

    (3): A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to eleventhjnc@dadeschools.net. 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 “21.01.20 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 one-page sheet.

    Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website and the Office of the Governor. Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the JNC 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 Eleventh Circuit JNC will confer at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to schedule interviews. A room will be made available to members of the public (The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Board Attorney’s Office, 1450 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 430, Miami, Florida 33132) who wish to attend.

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JNC MEMBERS

    Walter James Harvey (chairman) School Board Attorney’s Office

    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office Tel.: 305-995-1304

    Fax: 305-995-1412

    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net

    Robert H. Fernandez (vice chairman)

    RHF Law Firm, LLC

    2600 S. Douglas Road, Suite 305

    Coral Gables, FL 33134

    Office Tel.:305-215-2264

    rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com

    David Axelman

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

    200 S Biscayne Blvd., Ste 400

    Miami, FL 33131

    Office: Tel.: 786-322-7395

    Fax: 786-322-7501

    David.Axelman@bclplaw.com

    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

    Fax: 305-374-1961

    sdimond@dkrpa.com

    Daniel S. Fridman

    Fridman Fels & Soto, PLLC

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 750

    Coral Gables, FL 33134

    Office Tel.: 305-569-7720

    dfridman@ffslawfirm.com

    Jorge A. Mestre

    Rivero Mestre, LLP

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000

    Miami, FL 33134

    Office Tel: 305-445-2500

    Fax: 305-445-2505

    Jmestre@riveromestre.com

    Hayden P. O’Byrne

    United States Attorney’s Office, SDFL

    99 NE 4th St.

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office: 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

    Office: Tel.: 305-596-7794

    Fax: 305-596-5854

    RPardo@Pardolaw.com

    Miranda Lundeen Soto

    Shutts & Bowen LLP

    200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4100

    Miami, Florida 33131

    Office Tel.: 305-347-7326

    Fax: 305-347-7985

    MLundeenSoto@shutts.com

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  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020 10:40 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 7, 2020
    CONTACT: Kenneth J. Joyce, Chair; ken.joyce@lewisbrisbois.com
    SEVENTEENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION
    TELEPHONE: 954-728-1280


    As a result of the appointment and confirmation of Judge Anuraag Singhal to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for one vacancy on the Broward Circuit Court.

    Applications for the Circuit Court vacancy must be received by 12 p.m. on Jan. 21, and should be delivered to:

    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    c/o Kenneth J. Joyce, Chair
    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
    110 SE 6th Street, Suite 2600
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

    Phone: 954-728-1280, Email

    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.

    Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website and the Office of the Governor. 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 original 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 other attachments or files are to be included on the flash drives
    • All letters of recommendation that the applicant wishes the commission to consider. The letters 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) must be submitted with the original application, the redacted application and the electronic copies of each.
    • A recent photograph of the applicant 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. Applicant interviews 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. 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 call the chair of the JNC, Kenneth J. Joyce, or his assistant, Rhonda Havard, at 954-728-1280.

    SEVENTEENTH CIRCUIT JNC COMMISSIONERS:

    Kenneth J. Joyce, chair

    William G. McCormick, vice-chair

    Valerie B. Barnhart

    Vivian H. Fazio

    Christina A. McKinnon

    Christina M. Sanabria

    Alice Sum

    Joseph Van de Bogart

    Levi G. Williams, Jr.

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  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020 10:18 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 6, 2020
    CONTACT: Walter J. Harvey, Chair; walter.harvey@dadeschools.net
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 305-995-1304


    The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancies in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit created by the elevation of Judges Christina DiRaimondo, Robert Watson and Ramiro Areces. 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 of their application by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, as follows:

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

    Walter J. Harvey

    School Board Attorney

    The School Board of Miami-Dade County

    1450 N.E 2nd Avenue, Suite 430

    Miami, Florida 33132

    (2): The original unredacted application shall be emailed  in .pdf format to: Walter.Harvey@dadeschools.net.

    (3): A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to eleventhjnc@dadeschools.net. 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 “20.01.20 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 and the Office of the Governor. Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the JNC 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 Eleventh Circuit JNC will confer at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to schedule interviews. A room will be made available to members of the public (The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Board Attorney’s Office, 1450 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 430, Miami, Florida 33132) who wish to attend.

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JNC MEMBERS

    Walter James Harvey (chairman)

    School Board Attorney’s Office

    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office Tel.: 305-995-1304

    Fax: 305-995-1412

    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net

    Robert H. Fernandez (vice chairman)

    8440 Grand Canal Drive

    Miami, FL 33144

    Office Tel.: 305-215-2264

    rfernandez@rhflawfirm.com

    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

    Fax: 305-374-1961

    sdimond@dkrpa.com

    Daniel S. Fridman

    Fridman Fels & Soto, PLLC

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 750

    Coral Gables, FL 33134

    Office Tel.: 305-569-7720

    dfridman@ffslawfirm.com 

    Jorge A. Mestre

    Rivero Mestre, LLP

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000

    Miami, FL 33134

    Office Tel: 305-445-2500

    Fax: 305-445-2505

    Jmestre@riveromestre.com

    Hayden P. O’Byrne

    United States Attorney’s Office, SDFL

    99 NE 4th St.,

    Miami, FL 33132

    Office: 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

    Office: Tel.: 305-596-7794

    Fax: 305-596-5854

    RPardo@Pardolaw.com

    Miranda Lundeen Soto

    Shutts & Bowen LLP

    200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4100

    Miami, Florida 33131

    Office Tel.: 305-347-7326

    Fax: 305-347-7985

    MLundeenSoto@shutts.com

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