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Polk County Judge Susan Barber Multiple Award Recipient

Polk County Judge Susan Barber has been awarded the Polk County Veterans’ Counsel Superior Service Award, the Vietnam Veterans of America Special Recognition Award, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Special Recognition Award. This presentation was made to Judge Barber for leadership, service, stewardship, and support of the Veterans Treatment Court for the […]

Ask Judge Smith: Understand the ABCs of paying attorney fees

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column Understand the ABCs of paying attorney fees. 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

Ask Judge Smith: Becoming Lawyers

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column Route to becoming lawyer tests applicant’s fitness. 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

Ask Judge Smith: Checks, balances and the flag burning example

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column Checks, balances and the flag burning example. 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

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 […]