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July 15, 2019
CONTACT: Richard Doran, Chair; [email protected]
1st District Court of Appeal Judicial Nomination Commission
TELEPHONE: 850-224-9115

Notice of Accepting Applications

Due to the resignations of Judges Allen Winsor and T. Kent Wetherell II, the 1st District Court of Appeal Judicial Nomination Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for those vacant positions on or before Aug. 30.

Qualifications of Applications:

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

Instructions for Submission:

Judicial applications for these two District Court vacancies must be received before 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, to the following electronic addresses:

Attn: First District Court of Appeal

Judicial Nominating Commission

c/o Richard Doran, Chair

[email protected]

[email protected]

The Judicial Application, which can be downloaded from The Florida Bar website must include:

One  Digital (electronic) copy of the application (either as a .PDF or in Microsoft Word), and One  Digital (electronic) copy of the application with personal information redacted in a format suitable for submission in response to a public records request, to [email protected], copied to [email protected];

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, recommendations 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  years OR the completed Financial History and Form 6 contained in the application.  NOTE:  if you are practicing law as a professional association, your tax returns for the three  year period should include the tax returns for the professional association; (These shall be transmitted electronically together with the original of the application.)

Any additional information which you feel may be helpful to the Commission in assessing your qualifications

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.

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.

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

If there is any question about the application process, please contact Richard Doran at the address above.


Richard E. Doran, Chair

Ausley McMullen

123 South Calhoun Street

P.O. Box 391

Tallahassee, FL  32302

[email protected]

Benjamin J. Gibson, Vice Chair

Shutts & Bowen, LLP

215 S. Monroe Street, Suite 804

Tallahassee, FL 32301-1858

[email protected]

Adam Brandon

Rogers Towers PA

1301 Riverplace Blvd., Suite 1500

Jacksonville, FL 32207

[email protected]

Christa Calamas

Florida House of Representatives

214 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL  32399

[email protected]

Christine Davis

Carlton Fields P.A.

215 S Monroe Street, Suite 500

Tallahassee, FL 32301

[email protected]

Edward P. Fleming

McDonald Fleming

719 S. Palafox Street

Pensacola, Florida  32502

[email protected]

Gary K. Hunter

Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.

119 South Monroe Street, Suite 300

Tallahassee, FL  32301

[email protected]

Mohammad O. Jazil

Hopping, Green & Sams, P. A.

119 S. Monroe St. Suite 300

Tallahassee, FL 32301-1591

[email protected]

Peter Penrod

Florida Dept. of Financial Services

Plaza Level 11, The Capitol

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

[email protected]

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


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."