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Gov. Scott names Myriam Irizarry to the Pinellas County Court

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On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott appointed Myriam Irizarry as the newest judge of the Pinellas County Court.

Irizarry, 60, of Palm Harbor, has served as chief deputy and general counsel to the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Pinellas County since 2003.

From 1989-2003, she had been assistant director of the Clerk of Court Services Division in Pinellas County. She has also taught as an adjunct instructor at Saint Petersburg College in the Paralegal Studies Department.

As a bilingual attorney, Irizarry provided legal counsel to the Pinellas County Spanish-speaking community. She is also a longtime volunteer at the Hispanic Outreach Center, giving education and guidance on tenant rights, landlord obligations and family matters.

In 2012, Irizarry was recognized by the Florida Bar for pro bono service, for her assistance at free legal workshops, as well as serving as past president of the Center’s Inter-Cultural Advocacy Institute. She is also a past president of the Clearwater Bar Association and served as director of the board for many years.

Irizarry is also on the Pro Bono Committee of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, covering Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Irizarry received her bachelor’s and law degrees from Rutgers University. She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Walt Fullerton.

“With 36 years of experience, Myriam has proven her dedication to upholding the law, and I am confident she will honorably serve Florida families in her new position,” Scott said in a statement.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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