The Florida Bar


February 14, 2013
Michael Marder, Chair, Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission,
The Florida Bar
(407) 425-6559

As a result of the retirement of Judge Bruce W. Jacobus, there is a vacancy in The Fifth District Court of Appeal and the Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancy.

1) Judicial applications for this one (1) Fifth Judicial Court of Appeal vacancy must be received before 5 p.m. on March 4 at the following location:

c/o Michael E. Marder, Chair
Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission
201 E. Pine Street, Suite 500
Orlando, FL 32801

Applications submitted after the deadline WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. All applicants must have been members of The Florida Bar for at least ten (10) years, electors of the State of Florida and be residents of the Fifth District Court of Appeal prior to taking office.

2) The Judicial Application (which can be downloaded from the Florida Bar website must include:
  • An original and ten (10) printed copies of the application
  • One (1) Digital (electronic) copy of the application (either in Microsoft Word format or as a .PDF) submitted to
  • A recent photograph should be attached to the original and each copy;
  • All letters of recommendation in your possession that you wish the Commission to consider, however, these letters may also be sent as supplements, after the application is submitted;
  • Copies of the applicant’s completed Federal Income Tax Returns for the preceding three (3) years OR current financial statement and financial history. NOTE: if you are practicing law as a professional association, your tax returns for the three (3) year period should include the tax returns for the professional association;
  • Any additional information which you feel may be helpful to the Commission in assessing your qualifications

    3) After the deadline for submitting applications, the Commission will determine which applicants to interview. If you are to be interviewed, you will be contacted to confirm the date, time and location.

    4) As you know, all proceedings of the Commission are open to the public except for deliberations. Accordingly, you should not expect your application to be kept confidential.

    5) If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to the Governor.

    6) If there is any question about the application process, please contact Michael E. Marder at the address above.


    Michael E. Marder, Chair
    April S. Kirsheman, Vice Chair
    Todd E. Copeland
    James Henry Richey
    Lewis E. Dinkins
    Lee G. Schmudde
    Isaac J. Lidsky
    Michael P. Beltran
    Michael C. Sasso

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

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    EDITORS: Please note The Florida Bar is not an association and "Association" is not part of our name. Proper reference is "The Florida Bar." Local bar organizations are properly termed "associations."

    [Revised: 03-05-2013]