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Alice Blackwell applies for state Supreme Court seat

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Circuit Judge Alice L. Blackwell of Orange County, originally a Lawton Chiles appointee, is the latest applicant for a seat on the Florida Supreme Court. That brings to seven the number of those who have filed to replace Justice James E.C. Perry. He is retiring at the end of the year. The deadline to apply to the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is 5 p.m. Friday, according to its chair, Tallahassee attorney Jason Unger. Because Perry represented that appellate district, applicants must be from that area:…

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Six applications now in for state Supreme Court vacancy

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Appellate judge Wendy W. Berger and Circuit Judge Michelle T. Morley are the latest applicants for a seat on the Florida Supreme Court. That brings to six the number of those who have filed to replace Justice James E.C. Perry, who is retiring at the end of the year. The latest applications were confirmed by Jason Unger, chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. Berger, a Jacksonville native, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach…

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Federal prosecutor applies for state Supreme Court

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A federal prosecutor has become the fourth applicant for a seat on the Florida Supreme Court. Roberta J. Bodnar, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Middle District of Florida, filed on Tuesday, according to Jason Unger, chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. Bodnar, who works in Ocala, was admitted to the Florida bar in 1993, the same year she graduated from the University of Florida’s law school. The Middle District stretches from Fort Myers north through Jacksonville. A. Lee Bentley, III is…

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Patricia Strowbridge latest applicant for Supreme Court

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Patricia Strowbridge, appointed a trial-court judge by Gov. Rick Scott just last year, has become the third applicant for the upcoming vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court. Her application was received over the weekend, said Jason Unger, chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, on Monday morning. Strowbridge, with a long background in adoption and family law, was named last March to the 9th Judicial Circuit. She sits on the family law bench in the Osceola County Courthouse, according to her official webpage.…

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Second application in for Fla. Supreme Court opening

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And then there were two. Orlando civil-trial defense attorney Dan Gerber has become the second applicant for an upcoming opening on the Florida Supreme Court. Jason Unger, chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, confirmed the name Monday morning. The 51-year-old Gerber joins conservative appellate judge C. Alan Lawson as the only applicants so far for the seat now held by Justice James E.C. Perry. Lawson is chief judge of the 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach. Gerber’s brother, Jonathan D. Gerber, sits…

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