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Judge Williams honored as 'trailblazer' by professional organization

At a luncheon on January 26, 2023, students from area high schools, court staff, judges and members of the legal community learned about the five trailblazing lawyers showcased in The Florida Bar’s Path to Unity Project. Then Judge Charles Williams, the program's master of ceremonies, was surprised with a portrait of his own.

Bar Associations honor two 'pathfinders in the law'

Circuit Judge Rochelle Curley and Senior Judge Janette Dunnigan (Ret.) were honored as “Pathfinders in the Law” on January 19. The sitting judge and senior judge received recognition for their work as jurists and trailblazers for other professional women. The event coincided with The Florida Bar’s Path to Unity Project.

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JNC seeks applications for vacancy in Sarasota County Court

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee announces a vacancy in the Sarasota County Court due to the elevation and resignation of Judge Dana Moss. Accordingly, the Judicial Nominating Commission seeks applications for nomination from all persons who meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the Florida Constitution.

Traveling exhibit arrives at Manatee County Judicial Center

James Weldon Johnson, Anna Brenner Meyers, Judge Mario Goderich, Larry D. Smith and James “Jim” Kracht may not have understood the importance of their place in Florida’s legal community, but these five attorneys hold the key to the state bar’s path to inclusivity. The portraits have arrived in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and will be displayed in the Manatee County Judicial Center through January 19. 

New appellate court opens for filings January 1

The Sixth District Court of Appeal is set to open for filings on January 1. 2023. It is the first new appellate court since 1979. Judicial circuits were realigned to create the new appellate court and redefine the boundaries of the First, Second, and Fifth DCAs. The Twelfth Judicial Circuit falls under the Second DCA.

Clerk's Office warns of jury duty scam

The Manatee County Clerks Office is alerting citizens of a recently reported jury duty scam in which an imposter identifying themselves as law enforcement is contacting residents and claiming they have a warrant for missed jury duty and must pay a bond.

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Trailblazing judges to be honored at Path to Unity event

In a celebration of diversity in the Florida Bar, Judge Rochelle Curley and Senior Judge Janette Dunnigan will be honored at an upcoming event sponsored by the Manatee chapter of Florida Association of Women Lawyers and the Sarasota-Manatee chapter of the Fred G. Minnis, Sr., Bar Association. Reserve your spot now!