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May 27, 2020
CONTACT: Hunter H. Chamberlin; [email protected]
Second DCA Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 813-444-4777

TAMPA – Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission to provide him with names of highly qualified nominees for one vacancy on the Second District Court of Appeal created by the resignation of Judge Samuel J. Salario.

The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for District Court judges described in Article V, Section 8, of the Florida Constitution.

Applicants must submit two copies, one unredacted and one redacted, via email no later than June 10, at 4 p.m. Personal information not subject to public disclosure — such as a Social Security number — shall be redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes.

Applications must be emailed in .PDF format to both:

Applicants will receive email confirmation of receipt of their applications. Applicants who don’t receive such an acknowledgement should contact Hunter Chamberlin, chair of the Second District Judicial Nominating Commission, at 813-444-4777 to verify receipt of the application. Untimely applications will not be considered.

The file name for .pdf applications should be as follows “LASTNAME FIRST NAME District Application (redacted /unredacted).” Applications may be downloaded from the Office of the Governor at:

Applicants should include a recent photograph and must answer all questions fully and completely, including current contact information –  including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel and references – to facilitate the background investigation that members of the commission will conduct.

The Commission will convene on June 18 to discuss scheduling interviews of the most qualified applicants. Any member of the public who wishes to attend the public portion of that meeting should contact Hunter Chamberlin via email at [email protected]  for further information. Applicant interviews will take place on Monday, June 29, and, if additional time is necessary, Tuesday June 30.

Members of the Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission are:

Hunter Chamberlin (chair)
Chamberlin Law Firm, PA
3630 W Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33609
[email protected]

Charbel J Barakat
D.R. Horton, Inc.
4042 Park Oaks Blvd., Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33610
[email protected]

Richard Fee
Fee & Jeffries, P.A.
1227 N. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602-3313
[email protected]

Davis Cooper
Cooper Law Partners, PLLC
999 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 200
Naples, FL 34108
[email protected]

Alex Caballero
Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, P.A.
307 S. Magnolia Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
[email protected]

Russell T. Kirshy
3841 Tamiami Trail, Suite A
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
[email protected]

Lara Tibbals
Hill Ward Henderson
PO Box 2231
Tampa, FL 33601-2231
[email protected]

Tyler Cathey
1311 North Westshore Blvd., Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33607
[email protected]

Eliot Peace
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
100 N. Tampa St., Suite 2200
Tampa, FL 33602-5809
[email protected]

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