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March 10, 2021
CONTACT: CONTACT: Daniel E. Harrell, Chair; [email protected]
First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 850-208-7033

The First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission received applications from the individuals listed below to fill the Circuit Court vacancies on the First Judicial Circuit, Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Ross Goodman and the resignation of Judge Jeffrey Burns. The JNC will convene at 7:30 AM Central Time on Tuesday, March 23, at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building, 190 West Government Street, First Floor (multi-media room), Pensacola, FL 32502. The interviews will be conducted with each applicant in person at the times indicated below.

Wanda Morgan 8:00 AM
Clifton Drake 8:30 AM
David L. Stevens 9:00 AM
Andrew McGraw 9:30 AM
Frederick Longmire 10:00 AM
David Oberliesen 10:30 AM
Jonathan Walker 11:00 AM
Jeremiah Monahan 11:30 AM

Scott Ritchie 12:30 PM
Amanda Edge 1:00 PM
Eric Schurger 1:30 PM
Amy McBride 2:00 PM
Michelle Inere 2:30 PM
Kerra Smith 3:00 PM
Timothy Beasley 3:30 PM
David Powell 4:00 PM
Brandon Caraway 4:30 PM
Keith McIver 5:00 PM

All interviews are open to the public. Deliberations will be conducted in closed session.


7:30 AM – 8:00 AM JNC Deliberation
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Interviews
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM – 5:30 PM Interviews
5:30 PM (until adjourned) JNC Deliberation

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to attend is asked to contact the Chair at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting by telephone 850-208-7033 or via email at [email protected]

In its effort to select the most qualified applicants for nomination to Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Judicial Nominating Commission requests members of the legal community and the public to provide pertinent information (based upon personal knowledge) regarding any applicant. Information about applicants may include, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Personal attributes such as integrity, moral conduct, and ethics;
2. Competency and experience, which would include professional reputation, knowledge of the law, and knowledge of and experience in court; and
3. Judicial capabilities such as patience, decisiveness, courtesy, civility, temperament, and respect.

Information and comments may be addressed to Daniel E. Harrell, Chair, Judicial Nominating Commission, First Judicial Circuit, 125 E. Intendencia Street, Fourth Floor, Pensacola, FL 32502, 850-208-7033, or you may contact any other member of the Commission. Letters of recommendation should be emailed or mailed to all commissioners.

A list of the members of the First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is available at the Office of the Governor’s website.

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