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Dec. 3, 2013
--The Florida Bar--
2014 JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION NOMINATIONS TO BE MADE -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.flabar.org, Dec. 2, 2013.
The Florida Bar has the opportunity to nominate six lawyers for each Judicial Nominating Commission to Gov. Rick Scott for his appointment. There are two lawyer vacancies for each of the 26 JNCs. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1, 2014. Applications must be submitted no later than 5:30 p.m., Feb. 10, 2014, in the executive director’s office of The Florida Bar. Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the proper application form (there is a specific JNC application) from the Bar's website or contact Bar headquarters.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE WM. REECE SMITH JR. LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CLASS II FELLOWS -- The Florida Bar, http://www.flabar.org, Dec. 2, 2013.
Starting Dec. 2, The Florida Bar Leadership Academy will begin accepting applications for the incoming 2014-2015 Academy Class II. The deadline to submit applications is Jan. 15, 2014, at 5 p.m. The Florida Bar Leadership Academy is a year long leadership training program designed to foster professional growth and enhance the leadership skills of a diverse group of attorneys. The Leadership Academy is open to all Bar members in good standing to apply. In an effort to achieve diversity among the participants, qualified individuals will be sought from different backgrounds, practice areas and geographical areas of the state.
CIRCUIT JUDGE JALAL HARB MAKES HIS OWN LUCK, HIS OWN WAY -- The Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, Dec. 2, 2013.
Profile of Circuit Judge Jalal Harb. Friends, family and colleagues say the 56-year-old Lakeland man and father of two sons makes his own luck through hard work. He moved to a new country, learned a new language, earned a law degree, raised a family and worked his way up as a prosecutor handling murder cases. Harb was born in Nazareth, Israel. Although he speaks fondly of his childhood, Harb said he moved to the United States to escape the tension of his native country. Circuit Judge Karla Foreman Wright died last year, leaving a vacancy on the local bench. Gov. Rick Scott appointed Harb to fill the spot in January. He currently is assigned to preside over family law cases — something he hasn't studied since law school. He's been spending time researching and getting familiar with the new legal territory.
JUDICIAL PROFILE: HENDON'S COURTROOM OBSESSION PAVED WAY TO BENCH -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Dec. 2, 2013.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Eric Hendon wanted to be a trial attorney as long as he could remember, fascinated by the ones he saw on television, but he didn't believe he could be one himself. His TV heroes were all white. Then, one day, a third-grade classmate at the segregated Charles R. Drew Elementary School said his father was a lawyer. From then on, he said, "I just wanted to hurry up and be a lawyer." Blacks in Southern law schools were a rarity at the time, but Hendon found inspiration in an internship at the Jacksonville public defender's office. He wound up working with the "first black lawyers I'd actually met." From then on, "All I wanted to be was a prosecutor or a public defender," he said. He also started applying for an appointment to the county court bench. He landed on the bench in December 1999, and it lasted two years. He was ousted in his first election. He went back to private practice, reapplied for county court and was appointed in 2006. He held the spot until 2012 when Gov. Rick Scott appointed him to the circuit bench.
NOMINATING COMMISSION INTERVIEWS CANDIDATES THIS WEEK TO REPLACE RETIRING JUDGE -- Ocala Star Banner, http://www.ocala.com, Dec. 3, 2013.
The 5th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission will meet this week to interview candidates who wish to fill the shoes of retiring Circuit Judge Jack Singbush. The commission will send a list of about six nominees to Gov. Rick Scott by Friday [Dec. 6]. The list of 24 lawyers vying for the job includes many lawyers currently practicing in Ocala. The candidates vary in age, gender, race and area of legal expertise. Candidates include members of both the State Attorneys and Public Defenders offices.
--Criminal Justice Issues--
EDITORIAL: JUDGE SHOULD SAY NO TO GOODMAN GAG ORDER -- Palm Beach Post (requires subscription), Editorial, http://www.pbpost.com, Dec. 2, 2013.
"Palm Beach County Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath is expected to hear testimony on whether to grant a defense and prosecution motion to gag not only the attorneys but witnesses in the retrial of Wellington polo mogul John Goodman. We believe that this request for a gag order — already made unusual by the fact that both sides are asking for it — is an unnecessary overreach in a high-profile case in which, as one attorney told The Post’s Daphne Duret, “the horse is already out of the barn.” . . . Making any statements that would potentially negatively affect case proceedings is already covered by Florida Bar rules. Casting such a wide net restricting private citizens from making comments, however, may well be unprecedented."