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May 1, 2020
CONTACT: Jacob A. Brown, [email protected]
4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (904) 598-8630

As a result of the appointment of the Hon. Anthony Salem to the Fourth Judicial Circuit, there is a vacancy on the Duval County Court Bench. Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to provide him with nominees for this vacancy.

The Commission received 16 applications and will interview the following applicants whom the Commission has not interviewed for the past three vacancies on Friday, May 15, in accordance with the following schedule:

Time              Applicant
9:30 a.m.        Margaret Gibbs Gulliford
9:45 a.m.        Yekaterina Mesic
10 a.m.            Adina Lea Pollan
10:15 a.m.       Theresa Carli Pontieri
10:30 a.m.      Susan Faris Zerbe

Because of the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and out of concern for the public, the applicants and the commissioners, there will be no in-person interviews. The above applicants will be required to interview remotely using Zoom at the link provided below.

The following prior applicants not being interviewed on May 15 may submit a written statement updating the Commission 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 11, to be considered. Those applicants are:

  • Janet L. Abel
  • Jeb T. Branham
  • Melina Buncome
  • Corrine A. Bylund
  • Jeffrey Davenport
  • London M. Kite
  • Matthew Lufrano
  • Stacey Myers
  • W. Joel Powell
  • Theresa E. Simak
  • Julie K. Taylor

Despite the changes in procedure noted above, the Commission will not eliminate any applicant from consideration by virtue of their not being interviewed for this vacancy. All applicants and members of the press and public who wish to participate in these interviews will be allowed to participate via Zoom using the following options:

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 519 192 770

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+13126266799,,519192770# US (Chicago)

+19292056099,,519192770# US (New York)

Attending representatives of the press and public’s connections will be muted and not visual to commissioners and applicants. If there are disruptive background noises, lines may be disconnected.

Members of the Bench, the Bar, and the public are encouraged to contact the commissioners with relevant information about these applicants on or before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13.

All proceedings of this Judicial Nominating Commission are open to the public (with the limitations noted above for the purposes of the May 15 interviews) except for deliberations. Accordingly, applicants should not expect their applications will be kept confidential. If an applicant is nominated by this Commission, all materials attached to the original application along with any supplemental materials will be submitted to Gov. DeSantis’s Office.

The Commission appreciates the continued help and support from Chief Judge Mark H. Mahon, Fourth Judicial Circuit Chief Technology Officer Mike Smith and their gracious and courteous staff.

If there are any questions, please contact Jacob A. Brown at (904) 598-8630 or by electronic mail at [email protected].

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