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Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association

Cultivating Excellence & Inclusion in the Legal Profession


  • 10/03/2019 9:36 PM | Octavia Green (Administrator)

    The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is extending the deadline for applications to fill the vacancies in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit created by the elevation of Judges William Altfield, Gina Beovides and Laura Shearon Cruz, and the resignation of Judge Samuel Joseph Slom. The commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. If an applicant would like to be considered for the four county court vacancies in addition to the circuit court vacancy, please send correspondence indicating interest in all county and circuit court vacancies to eleventhjnc@dadeschools.net. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8, of the Florida Constitution. Applicants must submit three copies of their application by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, as follows:

    (1): The original unredacted paper application shall be delivered to:

    Walter J. Harvey

    School Board Attorney

    The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida

    1450 N.E 2nd Avenue, Suite 430

    Miami, Florida 33132

    (2): The original unredacted application shall be emailed  in .pdf format to: Walter.Harvey@dadeschools.net.

    (3): A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to eleventhjnc@dadeschools.net. Personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—shall be redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes.

    Untimely applications will not be considered. The filename for .pdf applications should be as follows “19.09.30 FIRSTNAME LASTNAME Circuit Application (redacted /unredacted).”

    Applicants are invited to provide the chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the commissioners to observe. The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the chair at any time before the interview day. No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.

    Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website and the Office of the Governor. Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the JNC in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the commission. Please print to .pdf in lieu of scanning where possible.


  • 10/03/2019 9:34 PM | Octavia Green (Administrator)

    Judicial Nominating Commissions: One lawyer vacancy for each of the 26 JNCs. The Florida Bar has the opportunity to nominate three lawyers for each JNC to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1, 2020. Applicants must be members of The Florida Bar engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for 2 years following completion of their term. 

    Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the JNC application from The Florida Bar’s website, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the executive director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to jncform@flabar.org no later than 5:30 p.m on Monday, December 16. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application.  The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

  • 09/29/2019 3:41 PM | Octavia Green (Administrator)

    The Florida Bar is asking for nominations for the annual pro bono service awards, which honor lawyers, judges, law firms and associations that have contributed extraordinary pro bono service. The deadline for most nominations is Oct. 24.

    The Florida Bar and the Supreme Court invite nominations from legal aid groups, civic organizations, fellow lawyers and regular citizens who know of a special lawyer, judge, law firm or voluntary bar that has freely given of time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor.  The 2020 pro bono service awards ceremony will be held at the Florida Supreme Court at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30.

    Nominations must be received by Oct. 24. Nomination forms are available at https://www.floridabar.org/ProBonoAwards 

  • 09/10/2019 9:03 PM | Octavia Green (Administrator)

    The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Governor DeSantis with nominees for the vacancies in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit created by the elevation of Judges William Altfield, Gina Beovides and Laura Shearon Cruz.  Interested candidates should submit an application for consideration and any applicant must meet the qualifications for circuit court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution.  Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, September 30, 2019.  

    Applications should be sent to: Walter J. Harvey, School Board Attorney, The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, 1450 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 430, Miami, Florida 33132.  

    Untimely applications will not be considered.  

  • 07/14/2019 7:20 PM | Loreal Arscott (Administrator)

  • 07/14/2019 6:34 PM | Loreal Arscott (Administrator)

    The Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association's Legacy Ball was featured in the 4th of July edition of Flava Magazine! 

    If you missed this year’s “Legacy Ball: A Celebration of our Living Legends”, make sure you purchase your tickets early for our 2020 Scholarship Gala! It will surely be an event you won’t want to miss.

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