Ask Judge Smith: The Magnificent Seven

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column Sixth Amendment spells out ‘the magnificent seven’ rights. Judge Layne Smith is a Leon County Court Judge who often speaks and writes about civics, the law, and the administration of justice. Source: Tallahassee Democrat

Sara Shullman appointed to Palm Beach County Court

On December 19, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Sara Shullman to the Palm Beach County Court. Shullman, of Wellington, is a Bureau Chief in the Attorney General’s Office. She previously served as a Civil Traffic Hearing Officer for the Fifteenth Circuit Court. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida […]

Melanie Surber appointed to Palm Beach County Court

On December 19, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Melanie Surber to the Palm Beach County Court. Surber, of Delray Beach, is an Assistant Attorney General in the Palm Beach County Attorney General’s Office. She received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Surber fills the […]

James Moody III appointed to Hillsborough County Court

On December 19, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of James Moody III to the Hillsborough County Court. Moody, of Tampa, is an attorney at Jayson, Farthing, Skafidas & Wright P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree and his law degree from the University of Florida. Moody fills the vacancy created by the elevation of […]

Michael Bagge-Hernandez appointed to Hillsborough County Court

On December 19, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michael Bagge-Hernandez to the Hillsborough County Court. Bagge-Hernandez, of Tampa, is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. Bagge-Hernandez fills the […]

Miesha Darrough appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On December 16, 2019, Miesha Darrough was appointed to the Miami-Dade County court. Darrough, of Miami, is a Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. She previously served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney and as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade. She received her bachelor’s degree from Howard University and […]

Ayana Harris appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On December 16, 2019, Ayana Harris was appointed to the Miami-Dade County court. Harris, of Hialeah, is an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida. She previously served as the Assistant Public Defender in the Eleventh Circuit. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and her law degree from […]

Julie Harris Nelson appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On December 16, 2019, Julie Harris Nelson was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court. Nelson, of Miami, is a partner at ROIG Lawyers. She is a litigator who started her practice as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from St. Thomas […]

Elisabeth Espinosa appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On December 16, 2019, Elisabeth Espinosa was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court. Espinosa, of Miami, is an attorney at Cole, Scott and Kissane. She previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the 13th Circuit State Attorney’s Office. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Stetson […]

Judge Robert Watson appointed to Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court

On December 16, 2019, Judge Robert Watson, County Court Judge for Miami-Dade County, was appointed to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. Watson, of Coral Gables, is a Miami-Dade County Court Judge. He previously served as an attorney at Kobre and Kim LLP and as an Assistant United States Attorney. He received his bachelor’s degree from […]