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Florida Supreme Court JNC gets to work today on replacing retiring Justice Lawson

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GavelIn the wake of last week’s retirement announcement by Justice Alan Lawson, the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 10 a.m. May 5 to begin the work of nominating his replacement.

The call-in number for the meeting, which is open and public, is 877-380-5440. The participant code is 8502411725. On the agenda is the election of chair and vice chair and a discussion of procedures and timing for Florida Supreme Court nominations.

Justice Lawson announced his upcoming retirement April 29 and notified the governor of the vacancy it will create on the court when it is effective August 31.

Lawson’s retirement comes at the conclusion of a 21-year judicial career and six years as a justice. Prior to his tenure on the Supreme Court, Lawson served 11 years on the Fifth District Court of Appeal, including a term as chief judge, and, four years as a circuit judge in the Ninth Circuit in Orange and Osceola counties.

“One of the greatest joys of my 35-year legal career has been and continues to be the ability to work alongside a bench and Bar filled with extraordinary individuals who work tirelessly to assure that the citizens we serve are well-served by our system of justice.” Lawson wrote in a letter announcing his retirement to Gov. Ron DeSantis.  “That system is often criticized yet still endures as the best system of justice that the world has ever seen.”

The members currently serving on the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission include:

Chair Daniel Nordby, Tallahassee, [email protected]

Vice Chair Fred Karlinsky, Weston, [email protected]

Cynthia G. Angelos, Port St. Lucie, [email protected]

Jesse M. Panuccio, Palm Beach Gardens, [email protected]

Hala A. Sandridge, Tampa, [email protected]

Heather Stearns, Tallahassee, [email protected]

Jeanne T. Tate, Tampa, [email protected]

Harout Samra, Coral Gables, [email protected]

Tim Cerio, Tallahassee, [email protected]

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