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May 12, 2020
CONTACT: Lydia S. Zbrzeznj, Chair, [email protected]
Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (863) 656-6672

The Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission met via video conference on May 12 and interviewed 16 applicants via video conference for the Circuit Court judge vacancy created because of the resignation of Judge Wm. Bruce Smith. The commission announced that the names of the following nominees, listed in alphabetical order, have been forwarded to Gov. Ron DeSantis:

  • General Magistrate Gregory K. Atkinson
  • Heather E.W. Beato, Esq.
  • Harold V. Bennett, III, Esq.
  • Hon. Mary Catherine Green
  • Kevin M. Kohl, Esq.
  • Jennifer L. Steimle, Esq.

Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission members are Lydia Zbrzeznj, chair; Patrice Behnstedt, Benjamin W. Hardin, Jr., Krista Mahalak, Frederick Murphy, E. Blake Paul, Richard E. Straughn and Robert Swaine.

For more information, contact the chair of the Tenth Circuit JNC at:
Lydia S. Zbrzeznj
Southern Atlantic Law Group, PLLC 99 Sixth St. SW
Winter Haven, FL  33880
Telephone: 863-656-6672
Facsimile: 863-301-4500
[email protected]

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