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August 2, 2019
CONTACT: Michael C. Sasso, Chair; [email protected]
Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 407-644-7161

As a result of the confirmation of Judge Wendy Berger to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, there is a vacancy in The Fifth District Court of Appeal and the Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancy.

1)       Judicial applications for this one District Court vacancy must be received BEFORE 5 P.M. ON AUG. 26, at the following location:

c/o Michael C. Sasso, chair

Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission

1031 W. Morse Boulevard, Suite 120

Winter Park, Florida 32789

[email protected]

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

2)       The Judicial Application (which can be downloaded from The Florida Bar website) must include:

  • An original and ten printed copies of the application;
  • One Digital (electronic) copy of the application (either as a .PDF or in Microsoft Word) to [email protected] ; and One Digital (electronic) copy of the application with personal information redacted in a format suitable for submission in response to public records requests;
  • A recent photograph should be included;
  • All letters of recommendation in your possessions that you wish the Commission to consider, however, these letters 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 current financial statement and financial history. 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;
  • Any additional information which you feel may be helpful to the Commission in assessing your qualifications

3)       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.

4)       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.

5)       If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

6)       If there are any questions about the application process, please contact the chair, Michael C. Sasso.


Michael C. Sasso, chair

Amanda Perry Carl, vice chair

David de Armas

Andy Bardos

Paetra Brownlee

Vincent A. Citro

Craig S. Dyer

Brett Renton

Milo Scott Thomas

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."