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May 14, 2020
CONTACT: Adam M. Foslid, Chair, [email protected]
Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE: (305) 614-1402

MIAMI – The Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancy on the Third District Court of Appeal resulting from the resignation, effective Aug. 31, 2020, of Judge Vance E. Salter. The Commission seeks and encourages a broad, diverse and qualified pool of applicants.

Application deadline
The deadline for applying to the Commission is Thursday, June 4, at 5 p.m. (EDT). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Qualifications of applicants
In order to be eligible to assume the office of judge on the Third District Court of Appeal, applicants must be members of The Florida Bar for the preceding 10 years, registered voters, and must reside in the territorial jurisdiction at the time of assuming office.

Instructions for submission
The current Judicial Application form must be used and can be downloaded in Word from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ website. Applicants must ensure they are using the correct and current form. Applicants must provide the following:

  • One original electronic version in PDF format of the signed and completed application.
  • One electronic version in PDF format of the redacted copy of the signed and completed application excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes or other applicable public records law.

Both electronic copies should be sent by email to each of the nine commissioners listed below.

Complete, signed original and redacted applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline. A photograph is encouraged but not required. To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions in the application must be fully and completely answered. In addition, applications should include current and accurate contact information for themselves, as well as the judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel and references included in their applications. If there is requested information missing from an application, the Judicial Nominating Commission will consider the applicant’s lack of effort in submitting a complete application.

Organizational meeting
After receiving applications, the Commission will hold an organizational meeting by telephone on Friday, June 5, at 4 p.m. (EDT). The interview schedule, including whether the interviews will be conducted in-person or via a web-based video conferencing tool, will be discussed and announced to the public following the meeting. The Commission may take up other matters as appropriate. Members of the public wishing to attend the organizational meeting of the Judicial Nominating Commission may use the following conference line:

U.S. Dial-in: 1-800-356-0123
International Dial-in: 001-951-797-1056
Access: 981622#

Potential applicants are advised that the Commission at present intends to hold interviews on June 22 and June 23. These dates are subject to change. Applicants receiving interviews will be separately notified of the exact date, time and location of the interview, and separate public notice shall be provided when the interview schedule is approved by the Commission.

Members of the bench, the Bar and the public are urged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions. The Commission members are:

Adam M. Foslid, Chair
Stumphauzer Foslid Sloman Ross & Kolaya, PLLC
Two South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1600, Miami, FL 33131
Telephone: (305) 614-1402
E-mail: [email protected]

Eric A. Hernandez, Vice Chair
Hernandez Lee Martinez, LLC
9190 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 204, Miami Shores, FL 33138
Telephone: (305) 842-2101
E-mail: [email protected]

Paul Huck, Jr.
Jones Day LLP
600 Brickell Ave., Suite 3300, Miami, FL 33131
Telephone: (305) 714-9727
E-mail: [email protected]

Lindsey Lazopoulos Friedman
U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida
99 NE 4th St., Miami, FL 33132
Telephone: (786) 509-1917
E-mail: [email protected]

Michael A. Pineiro
Marcus Neiman Rashbaum & Pineiro, LLP
Two South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1750, Miami, FL 33131
Telephone: (305) 400-4268
E-mail: [email protected]

Barry L. Rothberg
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
333 S.E. 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33131
Telephone: (305) 579-0818
E-mail: [email protected]

Lilly Ann Sanchez
LS Law Firm
1441 Brickell Ave., Suite 1200, Miami, FL 33131
Telephone: (305) 503-5503
E-mail: [email protected]

Daniel W. Schwartz
Akerman LLP
98 Southeast 7th St., Suite 1100, Miami, FL 33131
Telephone: (305) 374-5600
E-mail: [email protected]

Robert A. Spottswood
Spottswood Companies, Inc.
506 Fleming St., Key West, FL 33040
Telephone: (305) 294-6100
E-mail: [email protected]

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