Interviews set for open Tallahassee judgeship - Florida Politics

Interviews set for open Tallahassee judgeship

A panel that vets applicants for judgeships has set interviews to fill a vacancy on the 2nd Judicial Circuit in north Florida.

The circuit’s Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on Jan. 16, at the Leon County Court House Annex, 1920 Thomasville Road, Room 213, Tallahassee.

Commissioners will interview the following applicants for the opening, created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Charles Francis:

9:00 a.m. – Alan Abramowitz, executive director of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Office.

9:20 a.m. – Georgia Cappleman, an assistant state attorney in Tallahassee.

9:40 a.m. – Eddie Evans, an assistant state attorney in Tallahassee.

10:00 a.m. – Cedell Garland, a senior assistant attorney general.

10:20 a.m. – Joseph Jones, a partner in Berger Singerman’s Tallahassee office.

10:40 a.m. – Russell Kent, special counsel for litigation at the Attorney General’s Office.

11:20 a.m. – James Marsh, chief of corrections litigation for the Attorney General’s Office.

11:40 a.m. – Acelo “Ace” Pedroso, magistrate for the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

12 noon – Jacqueline Smith, child support hearing officer for the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

12:20 – Donna Christine Thurman, a family law attorney in Tallahassee.

12:40 – Amanda Wall, administrative magistrate for the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

1 p.m. – Zachary R. White, an attorney in private practice in Tallahassee.

The 2nd Judicial Circuit, headquartered in Tallahassee, covers Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties in north Florida.

Francis, first appointed to the bench in 1999, will step down from judicial office on March 31. The JNC will recommend 3-6 names to Gov. Rick Scott, who makes the final selection.

Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons