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General Magistrate Barbara Goiran recognized for leadership

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Chief Justice Carlos Muniz, from the left, Circuit Judge Gilberto Perez, General Magistrate Barbara Goiran, Circuit Judge Angela Cox, General Magistrate Barbara Kissner, General Magistrate Keith Schenck, and Circuit Judge Louis Schiff.

General Magistrate Barbara Goiran of the Sixth Judicial Circuit and long-time Family Law Section executive council member, was presented the “Hon. Mark I. Shames Faculty Leadership Award” for her work during Phase 1 of Florida Judicial College in Tallahassee.

Goiran and three of her colleagues – General Magistrates Barbara Kissner (Fifth Judicial Circuit), Keith Schenck (Fifth Judicial Circuit), and Maxine A.M. Williams (15th Judicial Circuit) – were recognized for outstanding leadership skills and initiative demonstrated during Phase 1 of Florida Judicial College.

Fourth Circuit Judge Angela Cox, dean of the Florida Judicial College, presented the award and thanked the magistrate judges for stepping in at the last minute when the previous track leader was suddenly hospitalized and could not participate. The four magistrate judges quickly organized lesson plans and teaching assignments for the General Magistrate and Child Support Hearing Office curriculum.

“Once again, Magistrate Goiran has shown the Florida legal community her passion for her profession and her willingness to step in and help wherever needed,” said General Magistrate Phil Wartenberg, chair of The Family Law Section. “She’s a consummate leader and an incredible role model, so deserving of this recognition.”

The award is named for the late Mark I. Shames, who had served 21 years as a circuit judge in Pinellas County and was the dean of the Florida Judicial College from 2013-15. Shames is remembered as an exemplary judge who was dedicated to the education and training of his fellow Florida judges.

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