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August 1, 2014
15th Circuit JNC applications being accepted

The Florida Bar is accepting applications for two lawyer vacancies on the 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission through August 15. 

By letter of July 14, the governor invoked his statutory right and rejected The Florida Bar’s list of nominees for two seats on the 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission pursuant to Section 43.29(1)(a), Florida Statutes: “The Governor shall select the appointee from the list of nominees recommended for that position, but the Governor may reject all of the nominees recommended for a position and request that the Board of Governors submit a new list of three different recommended nominees for that position who have not been previously recommended by the Board of Governors.” 

The Florida Bar must now submit a list of three different nominees per vacancy (six total) to the governor for appointment. The appointees will serve the remainder of a four-year term, commencing immediately upon appointment by the governor and ending July 1, 2018. 

“The Florida Bar Board of Governors is disappointed the governor did not choose any of the nominees that we very carefully screened and vetted, but that is his prerogative and we will be promptly responding to his request,” said Florida Bar President Greg Coleman.

Applicants must be engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Applicants must comply with state financial disclosure laws. 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. 

Those interested in applying for these vacancies may download an application from www.floridabar.org, or should contact Kristen Wilson at (850) 561-5757, or by email, kwilson@flabar.org, to obtain the application. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 by 5:30 p.m., August 15. 

[Revised: 09-01-2015]