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May 12, 2020
CONTACT: Robert J. Harvey, Esq., [email protected]
Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (561) 303-2918

The Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission received 26 applications for nomination to fill the vacancy for a Circuit Court judge position created by the resignation of Judge Jessica Ticktin. On May 22, the JNC will interview the following applicants:

9:15 a.m.      Sarah Cortvriend
9:30 a.m.      Jonathan Giddens
9:45 a.m.      Judge Paige Gillman
10:00 a.m.    Judge Bradley Harper
10:15 a.m.     Nicole Hunt Jackson
10:30             Break

10:45 a.m.    Robert Ostrov
11:00 a.m.     John Parnofiello
11:15 a.m.      Jorge Perez
11:30 a.m.     Jeremy Zubkoff
11:45 a.m.     JNC Deliberations

The above interviews will be conducted in person at the Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1507 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. Each applicant will be allowed a two-minute opening statement. All persons entering the PBCBA are required to wear face coverings and social distancing measures will be strictly enforced. Interviews will be transcribed by Phipps Reporting pro bono.

JNC proceedings are open to the public, except for deliberations. However, senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical conditions (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) are strongly encouraged to stay home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. (See, Governor’s Executive Order Number 20-112

The JNC has not eliminated any applicant from consideration. The following applicants interviewed by the JNC on November 13, 2019, may submit a written statement updating the JNC on anything they wish to share about themselves and their work experience since their last interview. Such statements are limited to 1,000 words and must be received at [email protected]  by 5 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, May 18, to be considered. Those applicants are:

Peter Bassaline
Elizabeth Berkowitz
Marsha Bunn
Melanie Casper
George Lagos
Abigail Langweiler
Laura Laurie
Judith Levine
Ilana Marcus

Jean Marie Middleton
Angela Prudenti
Ori Silver
Joseph Small
Alcoyla St. Juste
Stephanie Tew
Schnelle Tonge
Kevin Walsh

A list of members of the Fifteenth Circuit JNC is available at Members of the bench, the Bar and the public are urged to contact the members of the 15th Circuit JNC concerning applicants for judicial positions. If you have any questions, please call Robert J. Harvey at (561) 303-2918, or email at [email protected].

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