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  • Monday, August 03, 2020 12:58 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Early voting is underway for the August 18th Primary. Be informed, be ready, vote!


    On July 30, 2020, GSCBWLA hosted its biennial judicial forum, co-sponsored by the Dade County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta  Sorority, Inc., ACLU of Florida, the Miami Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., the National Action Network - Miami-Dade Chapter, League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County, and the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association. Additional promotional sponsors included the Caribbean Bar Association, Haitian Lawyers Association, National Black Prosecutors Association, The Links Inc., Greater Miami (FL) Chapter, Theta Rho Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., T.J. Reddick Bar Association, WMBM, and the Women of Color Empowerment Institute.

    During the forum, the judicial candidates made their cases for why they were best qualified for the bench, answering several questions posed by Moderators Kadisha Phelps and Trelvis Randolph. If you missed it, be sure to check out the recording below:

    To learn more about the candidates, take a look at the 2020 GSCBWLA Judicial Candidate Forum Booklet

    The Judicial Diversity Initiative's Judicial Candidate Survey is another useful informational tool.

    Note that this information is provided for informational purposes only. GSCBWLA is a non-partisan non-profit organization, and we do not endorse candidates running for election or retention.

    Please be sure to reach out to our members if you have questions about the various races. Judges play such a critical role in our system; as many of us serve as a resource for others, please be sure to have all the information you need before stepping into the ballot box.


    Palm Beach County

    Broward County

    Miami-Dade County


    Sample Ballot: 

    Please click here for Palm Beach’s sample ballot. (Voters must input their information to obtain their sample ballot.)

    Early Voting: The sites are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day from Aug. 3rd through Aug. 16th. You can find the voting sites here


    Sample Ballot: Please click here for Broward's sample ballot. 


    Early Voting: Begins Aug. 8th through Aug. 16th. You can find the voting sites here.


    Saturdays & Sundays on Aug. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Monday - Friday on Aug. 10th through Aug. 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.



    Sample Ballot: Please click here for Miami-Dade’s sample ballot. 


    Early Voting: The sites are open from Aug. 3th through Aug. 16th at various times. You can find the times and locations here.


    For more information, please see:

    The 2020 GSCBWLA Judicial Candidate Forum Booklet.



  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 6:28 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Home Page | Naples, Florida

    20-011 City Attorney Services - RFP

    Bid/RFP Status: 

    Open - accepting bids and proposals

    Bid/RFP Due Date: 

    Friday, August 14, 2020 - 2:00pm

    Bid/RFP Reference Number: 

    20-011 City Attorney Services - RFP

    For bid details, visit https://www.naplesgov.com/rfps.

    PURPOSE 

    The following Request for Proposals (RFP) has been developed to solicit proposals from experienced Law Firms to provide City Attorney Services to the City of Naples.

    BACKGROUND

    The City is seeking a knowledgeable, well-qualified, licensed Firm, experienced in city, county, and local government law for the provision of legal services as City Attorney for the City of Naples, Florida.

    The City of Naples is a Municipal Corporation with an annual budget in excess of $150 million, employing over 450 people, operating a police department, fire department, water and sewer utility, parks and recreation facilities, a municipal dock, City pier, providing other services, and maintaining over 100 miles of public rights of way, roads, and sidewalks.  The City is bound by over 350 contracts and interlocal agreements that expire, change, and may be cancelled or extended, with new contracts to be drafted, negotiated, and agreed upon.  Local laws are adopted and enforced compelling or restricting certain activities with enforcement by police officers, code enforcement officers, court actions, or other means.  The City itself must comply with applicable laws and rules enacted by the State and Federal governments.  The governing body meets regularly taking actions on a scheduled agenda with a variety of items that include quasi-judicial determinations.  All of this creates a substantial risk for litigation and significant need for legal advice and counsel. 

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

    PDF icon 20-011 City Attorney Services - RFP (1 MB)

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 6:29 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    July 9, 2020
    CONTACT: Kristen Wilson, kwilson@floridabar.org
    The Florida Bar
    TELEPHONE: (850) 561-5757


    The Florida Bar is accepting applications for lawyer vacancies on each of the Supreme Court, Third DCA, Third Circuit, Ninth Circuit, 13th Circuit, 15th Circuit, and 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commissions.

    On July 2, the Bar received notification from the Governor’s Office of one commissioner resignation and six rejected slates of Florida Bar JNC nominees. Pursuant to Section 43.29(1)(a), Florida Statutes, The Florida Bar must submit new lists of different nominees for each vacancy to the governor for appointment. The appointees will serve the remainder of a four-year term, commencing immediately upon appointment by the governor.

    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., Friday, Aug. 14, in the Executive Director’s office of The Florida Bar. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Screening committees of the Board of Governors will review all JNC applications and make recommendations to the Executive Committee.

    Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may complete and download the application form from the Bar’s website, or call Bar headquarters at 850-561-5757, to obtain the application.

    Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, fax 850-561-9405, or or via email, by the Aug. 14 deadline.

    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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  • Saturday, June 06, 2020 10:34 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Florida Attorneys: Please sign up  here if you are willing to provide pro bono services to protesters demanding justice. Thank you.

  • Friday, May 15, 2020 12:43 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    May 14, 2020
    CONTACT: Adam M. Foslid, Chair, afoslid@sfslaw.com
    Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: (305) 614-1402


    MIAMI – The Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancy on the Third District Court of Appeal resulting from the resignation, effective Aug. 31, 2020, of Judge Vance E. Salter. The Commission seeks and encourages a broad, diverse and qualified pool of applicants.

    Application deadline
    The deadline for applying to the Commission is Thursday, June 4, at 5 p.m. (EDT). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

    Qualifications of applicants
    In order to be eligible to assume the office of judge on the Third District Court of Appeal, applicants must be members of The Florida Bar for the preceding 10 years, registered voters, and must reside in the territorial jurisdiction at the time of assuming office.

    Instructions for submission
    The current Judicial Application form must be used and can be downloaded in Word from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ website. Applicants must ensure they are using the correct and current form. Applicants must provide the following:

    • One original electronic version in PDF format of the signed and completed application.
    • One electronic version in PDF format of the redacted copy of the signed and completed application excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes or other applicable public records law.

    Both electronic copies should be sent by email to each of the nine commissioners listed below.

    Complete, signed original and redacted applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline. A photograph is encouraged but not required. To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions in the application must be fully and completely answered. In addition, applications should include current and accurate contact information for themselves, as well as the judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel and references included in their applications. If there is requested information missing from an application, the Judicial Nominating Commission will consider the applicant’s lack of effort in submitting a complete application.

    Organizational meeting
    After receiving applications, the Commission will hold an organizational meeting by telephone on Friday, June 5, at 4 p.m. (EDT). The interview schedule, including whether the interviews will be conducted in-person or via a web-based video conferencing tool, will be discussed and announced to the public following the meeting. The Commission may take up other matters as appropriate. Members of the public wishing to attend the organizational meeting of the Judicial Nominating Commission may use the following conference line:

    U.S. Dial-in: 1-800-356-0123
    International Dial-in: 001-951-797-1056
    Access: 981622#

    ** COURTESY NOTICE **
    Potential applicants are advised that the Commission at present intends to hold interviews on June 22 and June 23. These dates are subject to change. Applicants receiving interviews will be separately notified of the exact date, time and location of the interview, and separate public notice shall be provided when the interview schedule is approved by the Commission.

    Members of the bench, the Bar and the public are urged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions. The Commission members are:

    Adam M. Foslid, Chair
    Stumphauzer Foslid Sloman Ross & Kolaya, PLLC
    Two South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1600, Miami, FL 33131
    Telephone: (305) 614-1402
    E-mail: afoslid@sfslaw.com

    Eric A. Hernandez, Vice Chair
    Hernandez Lee Martinez, LLC
    9190 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 204, Miami Shores, FL 33138
    Telephone: (305) 842-2101
    E-mail: eric@hlmlegal.com

    Paul Huck, Jr.
    Jones Day LLP
    600 Brickell Ave., Suite 3300, Miami, FL 33131
    Telephone: (305) 714-9727
    E-mail: paulhuck@jonesday.com

    Lindsey Lazopoulos Friedman
    U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida
    99 NE 4th St., Miami, FL 33132
    Telephone: (786) 509-1917
    E-mail: lazopoulosfriedman@gmail.com

    Michael A. Pineiro
    Marcus Neiman Rashbaum & Pineiro, LLP
    Two South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1750, Miami, FL 33131
    Telephone: (305) 400-4268
    E-mail: mpineiro@mnrlawfirm.com

    Barry L. Rothberg
    Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
    333 S.E. 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33131
    Telephone: (305) 579-0818
    E-mail: rothbergb@gtlaw.com

    Lilly Ann Sanchez
    LS Law Firm
    1441 Brickell Ave., Suite 1200, Miami, FL 33131
    Telephone: (305) 503-5503
    E-mail: lsanchez@thelsfrim.com

    Daniel W. Schwartz
    Akerman LLP
    98 Southeast 7th St., Suite 1100, Miami, FL 33131
    Telephone: (305) 374-5600
    E-mail: daniel.schwartz@akerman.com

    Robert A. Spottswood
    Spottswood Companies, Inc.
    506 Fleming St., Key West, FL 33040
    Telephone: (305) 294-6100
    E-mail: rspottswood@spottswood.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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  • Thursday, April 23, 2020 12:12 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    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.

    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
    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
    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
    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
    Jmestre@riveromestre.com

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

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

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  • Friday, April 17, 2020 6:13 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    April 13, 2020
    CONTACT: Robert J. Harvey; RHarvey@JenksHarveyLaw.com
    Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: (561) 303-2918


    The Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee (“JNC”) announces one vacancy for a Circuit Court Judge position created by the resignation of Judge Jessica Ticktin. The JNC has been asked to provide Governor Ron DeSantis with nominees for the Circuit Court vacancy.

    QUALIFICATIONS OF APPLICANTS

    Applicants must be able to fulfill the Constitutional qualifications before assuming the office of Circuit Court Judge, which require the person to be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar for the preceding five years, a resident of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit and a registered voter in the State of Florida.

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION

    1. The current Judicial Application form must be used and can be found at online. Applicants should ensure they are using the correct and current form.
    2. The completed original application must be typed, bound and two-sided. The application must include a photograph.
    3. In addition to the original application, applicants must provide the following: (i) one original electronic copy of the application, including all attachments, in pdf format, (ii) one redacted electronic copy of the application, including all attachments, in pdf format, excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes or other applicable public records law. The application along with any exhibits, must be a single file.
    4. Applications. The deadline for submission of the completed application is 2:00 p.m., April 30, 2020.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Both the original and redacted electronic applications must be submitted by email. The completed original typed and bound application must be delivered to Robert J. Harvey, Jenks & Harvey LLP, 1555 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., 16th Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Please ensure the Application is complete, including all required responses (including references, case style and contact information regarding recent cases, and class standing and degree information regarding education), and all required attachments (writing sample, financial disclosure, photograph). Incomplete applications may not be considered.
    5. Interviews. The JNC anticipates conducting interviews on May 22, 2020. Applicants should check with the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s website for information as to date and time of any interview. In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic it may not be possible to conduct in person interviews. Interviews may be conducted via ZOOM. The information to attend via ZOOM will be provided for both the applicants and the public at a later date. If you expect any issues attending via ZOOM, please contact Mr. Harvey directly.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    After the deadline for submitting applications, the JNC will publish on the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s website the date, time and location or method of any interviews that the JNC chooses to conduct. Any interviews will be done in person or via ZOOM.

    All JNC proceedings are open to the public, except for deliberations. Applications are not confidential. If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to the Governor.

    A list of members of the Fifteenth Circuit JNC is available at online. Members of the bench, the Bar and the public are urged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions.

    If you have any questions, please call Mr. Harvey at 561-303-2918, or via email.

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  • Saturday, April 11, 2020 10:08 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

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    E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award

    About the Award

    The E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards, administered by the ABA Standing Commit­tee on Professionalism and supported by the E. Smythe Gambrell Fund for Professionalism, recognizes the nation’s exemplary, innovative, and on-going professionalism programs in law schools, bar associations, courts and other legal organiza­tions that help ensure the maintenance of the highest principles of integrity and dedication to the legal profession and the public. Each award carries a $3,500 prize. 

    The Gambrell Awards were established in 1991 and are named for E. Smythe Gambrell, ABA and American Bar Foundation president from 1955 to 1956. Gambrell founded the Legal Aid Society in Atlanta, where he practiced law from 1922 until his death in 1986.

    Deadline for submissions extended until April 30, 2020. 

    2020 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards

    2020 Nomination form (downloadble form)

    The ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism is accepting nominations for the 2020 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards.  The Awards will be presented during the ABA 2020 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL at an awards luncheon.

    If you believe your organization's professionalism program or project merits national emulation and recognition, we invite you to apply for the 2020 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards presented by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. 

    Questions regarding the awards should be directed to Senior Counsel, Theresa Gronkiewicz at (312) 988- 5299 or via email. 

    Nomination Guidelines

    Eligibility

    Law schools, state and local bar associations, court programs and projects, law firms and not-for-profit law-related organizations with professionalism programs or projects are eligible for the awards. Programs/Projects submitted for consideration must be ongoing, easily replicated, and have operated for at least one year prior to the entry deadline.

    Programs should all under the broad definition of professionalism, including programs which enhance diversity, inclusion, civility, and well-being of the profession. Past Gambrell Award winning programs/projects are ineligible.

    Please Note: Submitted Nominations are maintained and will be considered for two years: the award year of submission and the following award year. Programs nominated but not selected for the Award may not be submitted in consecutive years (e.g., a program/project nominated but not selected for the Award in 2020 should not submit a new application before 2022).

    Program/Project Description (not to exceed three pages)

    • Please provide a one-page executive summary of your program/project, and a detailed description of the program/project, including plans for continuing operation.

    Assessment of Program/Project (not to exceed three pages)

    • State the specific goals/objectives of the project or program and how it seeks to enhance the professionalism of lawyers and/or law students.
    • State how the success of the program/project is being measured/ evaluated.
    • State how the goals are being met and how they are improving the professionalism of the lawyers and/or law students.

    Program/Project Continuation-To Do Kit: (not to exceed three pages)

    • Concisely state how the program/project can be duplicated and implemented by others.
    • Include suggestions or recommendations for improvement or simplification that you would offer to others who might undertake a program/project similar to yours.

    Additional Information

    • Provide any additional existing documentation (such as program brochures, news media articles, reports or reportsummaries, or letters of support) demonstrating the effectiveness of the program. Links to resources are appreciated.

    Judging Criteria

    The purpose of the E. Smythe Gambrell Awards is to recognize effective, on-going professionalism programs and projects that help preserve, promote, and enhance within the entire legal community the highest principles of professionalism, including integrity, civility, competence, fairness, diversity, inclusion, independence, courage, respect, and dedication to the legal profession and to public service. The entries will be reviewed under the direction of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. Factors that will be considered in selecting the winning nominations will be the distinguishing and particularly meritorious features of the program, including, but limited to:

    • Overall quality of the program
    • Ease with which other interested groups throughout the country can replicate the program
    • Established history and success of the program
    • Likelihood of continuation of the program
    • Breadth of the program for all experience levels of law students and/or lawyers
    • Proactive nature of the programs
    • Effectiveness of the program

    Past award recipients

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