The Marbut Report: Bench and Bar meet for coffee and conversation

Florida Bar board of governors seeks nominations

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The Jacksonville Bar Association Judicial Relations Committee held its “Judges, JAs and Java” breakfast Wednesday.

It’s a twice-yearly informal meeting of attorneys, judges and judicial assistants over coffee and bagels in Chief Judge Mark Mahon’s chambers at the Duval County Courthouse. The committee is considering a change of venue for the next event – possibly at the Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse.

Florida Bar board of governors seeks nominations

Rogers Towers Managing Director Fred Franklin has advised The Florida Bar that he will not seek to retain his seat on the board of governors in the March election, so there’s an opportunity for a new representative for the 4th Judicial Circuit.

Nominating petitions for the board must be signed by no fewer than five members in good standing whose official Bar address is in the same judicial circuit (or out-of-state, if applicable) as the nominee. Petitions must be received in The Florida Bar headquarters office by 5 p.m. Dec. 15. All board positions are two-year terms.

Downloadable petitions are available at

Election ballots will be mailed on or before March 1, and voted ballots must be received by midnight March 21.

Federal court bench and clerk opportunities

The Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for vacancies for U.S. district judges in the Middle District of Florida.

Applications and information about the nomination procedures are available on the homepage of the Court’s website: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mac R. McCoy has a vacancy for a law clerk to begin in August for a two-year term in the Fort Myers Division.

Visit and follow the “About the Court” tab, then “Career Opportunities” for more information.