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Senior County Court Judge Phyllis Kotey honored by Bar Committee

Florida International University College of Law Professor Phyllis Kotey and the Nova Southeastern University College of Law’s Legal Research & Writing Student Outreach Program have been honored by the Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism. Kotey, a former Alachua County judge who still occasionally serves as a senior judge, has organized several student-led programs since joining […]

Jennifer Swenson appointed to Polk County Court

On May 15, 2020, Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Swenson was appointed to the Polk County bench, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of County Judge John Kirkland. Swenson, 33, received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her law degree in 2012 from Duke University School of Law. She was admitted to the Florida […]

Chief Justice Canady Releases ‘Best Practices’ Guidelines

Florida’s Chief Justice Charles Canady distributed the “Best Practices” guidelines on May 11, 2020, that were developed by the Workgroup on the Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID-19. Source: floridasupremecourt.org

Robin Lanigan appointed to Duval County Court

On May 8, 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed 4th Circuit General Magistrate Robin Lanigan to the Duval County Court 8 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Duval County Judge Pauline Drake. Admitted to The Florida Bar in 2000, Lanigan, 51, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and her J.D. […]

Ask Judge Smith: No sunshine in sequestration?

Read Judge Smith’s recent Ask Judge Smith column No sunshine in sequestration?. 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

Carlos Gamez appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On April 21, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Carlos Gamez to the Miami-Dade County Court. Gamez, of Coral Gables, is an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami. He was previously an associate attorney with Perez and Rodriguez P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and his law […]

Scott Janowitz appointed to Miami-Dade County Court

On April 21, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Scott Janowitz to the Miami-Dade County Court. Janowitz, of West Miami, is an attorney for Geyer, Fuxa, Tyler PLLC. He previously served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon and his law degree […]