The Board of Governors made appointments to a legal aid board and to Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., and nominated lawyers for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and to two judicial nominating commissions.
At its May 31 meeting, the board appointed Edrick E. Barnes of West Palm Beach, Dolly Voorhees Davis of Boca Raton, Odelia Golberg of Hollywood, Monique L’Italien of Palm Springs, William Manikas of Boynton Beach, and Eric Sodhi of Miami to two-year terms on the Florida Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors.
Garrick N. Fox of Daytona Beach, Barnaby L. Min of Miami, and Thomas J. Schulte of Stuart were named as lawyer members to the FLA, Inc., Board of Directors and R. Fairlie Brinkley of Dunedin and Dr. Judy S. Rivenbark were chosen as nonlawyer members of that board. They will serve three-year terms.
For the FBBE, the board nominated Nancy McClain Alfonso of Zephyrhills, Kristina E. Feher of St. Petersburg, Walter G. Latimer of Miami, Miles A. McGrane III of Miami, Alan S. Wachs of Jacksonville, and Elizabeth J. Walters. The Supreme Court will choose two from that list to serve five-year terms.
For the JNCs, the board ratified the nominations earlier approved by the Executive Committee for two seats on the First District Court of Appeal JNC and one seat on the Second Circuit JNC. Gov. Rick Scott, who earlier rejected the first slates of lawyers nominated by the Bar for those seats, will make the final appointment.
Nominated for one of the vacancies on the First DCA JNC were Timothy M. Cerio of Tallahassee, David W. Pleat of Destin, and JoLen R. Wolf of Tallahassee. Nominated for the Second First DCA JNC seat were Paul A. Donnelly of Gainesville, James E. Messer, Jr., of Tallahassee, and Gigi Rollini of Tallahassee.
For the Second Circuit JNC, nominated were Thomas M. Findley, Kelly O’Keefe, and Chastity H. O’Steen, all of Tallahassee.
(Shortly after the submissions, Scott appointed Cerio to one of the First DCA seats and O’Steen to the Second Circuit seat.)
Scott is the first governor since the JNC process was changed in 2001 to increase the governor’s appointment authority to reject slates nominated by the Bar. Besides the two First DCA and one Second Circuit slates, he recently rejected the nominations for vacancies on the Third, Sixth, Eighth, and 16th circuits. Scott had earlier rejected slates nominated for several other JNCs.
Contacted by the News about the rejected JNC slates, a spokesperson for Scott’s office said, “For all of the governor’s appointments across the state, he picks the people he thinks are most qualified for that position.”