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November 10, 2020
CONTACT: Jeff Aaron, Chair; [email protected]
Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: 407-244-5644

Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to provide him with names of highly qualified nominees for one circuit judge vacancy on the Ninth Judicial Circuit’s bench created by the resignation of Judge Patricia Doherty.

The Commission requires interested candidates to submit a complete application for consideration. Applicants must have been a member of the Florida Bar for the preceding five years and must be a registered voter. The individuals appointed must reside in the Ninth Judicial Circuit at the time that he or she assumes office.

Applications may be downloaded from the Office of the Governor at Applicants must include a recent photograph, preferably as a cover page. PLEASE NOTE: Effective July 1, 2020, the application has been substantially revised. Please be sure to download and use the current application. Any other version is obsolete and will not be accepted.

Applicants must submit a complete application to Jeff Aaron at [email protected] by Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at Noon (12 p.m.). The Commission will be holding interviews on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. The Commission encourages applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible. Any application received after the noon deadline will not be considered. Applicants must e- mail the complete application in .pdf format. Applicants must also e-mail a second .pdf version of the application with personal information not subject to public disclosure — such as the social security number — redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes. The two .pdf files should be named in a “last name.first name” format. For example: Bob Smith should submit two files named: (1) Smith.Bob.pdf and (2) Smith.Bob-REDACTED.pdf. No paper applications will be accepted.

To assist the Commission in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. The submitted application must include the financial disclosures, a writing sample, and a recent photograph. Applications must also include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for all judges, co- counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that members of the Commission will conduct.

Members of the bench, the Bar, and the public are encouraged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions. Letters of recommendation should be e-mailed or mailed to all Commissioners at any time before the interviews begin:

9th Circuit JNC Commissioners

Jeff Aaron, Chair
Gray Robinson, P.A.
301 E. Pine St., Ste. 1400
Orlando, FL 32801
[email protected]
Office: 407-244-5644

Chris Posteraro
Walt Disney World Legal Dept.
PO Box 10000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000
[email protected]
Office: 407-828-1130

Josh Grosshans
Latham, Luna, Eden & Beaudine, LLP
111 North Magnolia Avenue, Suite 1400
Orlando, FL 32801
[email protected]
Office: 407-481-5851

Michael A. Sasso, Vice-Chair
Sasso & Sasso, P.A.
1031 W. Morse Blvd., Ste. 120
Winter Park, FL 32789-3774
[email protected]
Office: 407-644-7161

Robert Holborn
Osceola County Sheriff’s Office
2601 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
Kissimmee, FL 34744
[email protected]
Office: 407-348-1146

Tim Schulte
Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe, P.A.
315 East Robinson Street, Suite 600
Orlando, FL 32801
[email protected]
Office: 407-425-7010

Matthew A. Klein
Signature Aviation
13485 Veterans Way, Ste. 600
Orlando, FL 32827
[email protected]
Office: 407-206-5291

Tara Tedrow
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
215 North Eola Drive
Orlando, FL 32801
[email protected]
Office: 407-418-6361

The Commission has scheduled to conduct interviews on Dec. 18, 2020 at the law offices of Gray Robinson, PA. in Orlando. Applicants will be notified by e-mail as to their interview time and the address once the schedule is made after the application deadline. A complete interview schedule will be available on the Governor’s website at a later time. If there are any questions about the application process, please contact the Chair of the JNC, Jeff Aaron, at 407-244-5644.


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