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September 8, 2020
CONTACT: Lydia S. Zbrzeznj, Chair; [email protected]
Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (863) 656-6672

The Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission met via video-conference on September 8, 2020, and interviewed fifteen applicants via video-conference for the Circuit Court Judge vacancy created by the elevation of Judge John Stargel to the Second District Court of Appeal. The Commission announced that the following nominees, listed in alphabetical order, have been forwarded to Gov. Ron DeSantis:

  • Honorable Mary Catherine Green
  • Kevin M. Kohl, Esq.
  • Honorable Hope M. Pattey
  • Brandon J. Rafool, Esq.
  • Honorable Jennifer A. Swenson
  • John C. Waters, Esq.

Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission members are: E. Blake Paul, Benjamin W. Hardin, Jr., Richard E. Straughn, Frederick Murphy, Jr., Patrice Behnstedt, Robert Swaine, Nicholas Zbrzeznj, Krista Mahalak, and Lydia Zbrzeznj.

For more information, contact the chair of the Tenth Circuit JNC at:

Lydia S. Zbrzeznj
Southern Atlantic Law Group, PLLC
99 Sixth Street SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Telephone: 863-656-6672
Facsimile: 863-301-4500
[email protected]


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