Application Deadline Extended For Florida’s First District Court of Appeal Posted March 16, 2016 by Tallahassee Bar Association



March 16, 2016

CONTACT: Christa Calamas, Chair;

First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission


The application deadline for a vacancy in First District Court of Appeal has been extended to noon on Friday, March 25, 2016.

First District Court of Appeal Judge R. V. Swanson has announced that he will be stepping down from his position on the Court, creating a vacancy. The First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Rick Scott with nominees on or before April 5, 2016.

The JNC received few applications by the prior deadline, which leads the commission to believe there may have been insufficient notice of the vacancy and application deadline. This deadline extension should not be interpreted as a reflection on the current applicants; rather, it is a reflection of the desire of the JNC to overcome any possibility that notice of the vacancy and deadline was insufficient and to be able to consider as many qualified applicants as possible.

Qualifications of Applications:

Applications submitted after the deadline WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. All applicants must have been members of The Florida Bar for at least 10 years, and must be electors of the state of Florida and residents of the First District before taking office.

Instructions for Submission:

  • Judicial applications for this District Court vacancy must be received before noon on Friday, March 25, 2016 to the following electronic addresses:

Attn: First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission

c/o Christa Calamas, Chair

  • The Judicial Application, which can be downloaded from the Florida Bar website ( must include:
  • One (1) digital (electronic) copy of the application (either as a .PDF or in Microsoft Word), and one (1) digital (electronic) copy of the application with personal information redacted in a format suitable for submission in response to a public records request, to
  • A recent photograph, attached to the original and each copy.
  • All letters of recommendation that you wish the commission to consider. However, recommendations may also be sent as supplements, after the application is submitted.
  • Copies of your completed Federal Income Tax returns for the preceding three (3) years OR the completed Financial History and Form 6 contained in the application. Note: if you are practicing law as a professional association, your tax returns for the three-year period should include the tax returns for the professional association. (These shall be transmitted electronically together with the original of the application.)
  • Any additional information that you feel may be helpful to the commission in assessing your qualifications.


  • After the deadline for submitting applications, the commission will determine which applicants to interview. If you are to be interviewed, you will be contacted to confirm the date, time and location.


  • As you know, all proceedings of the commission are open to the public except for deliberations. Accordingly, you should not expect your application to be kept confidential.


  • If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to the governor.


  • If there is any question about the application process, please contact Christa Calamas at the address above.




Christa Calamas, Chair

Florida House of Representatives

214 S. Monroe St.

Tallahassee, FL 32399


Edward P. Fleming

McDonald Fleming Moorhead

25 W. Government St.

Pensacola, FL 32526


Steven Yablonski

1286 Windsor Harbor Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32225


Timothy Wayne Volpe

Adams and Reese LLP
501 Riverside Ave., 7th Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32202-4934


Gary R. Rutledge

Rutledge Ecenia

119 S. Monroe St.

Suite 202

Tallahassee, FL 32301

P.O. Box 551

Tallahassee, FL 32302


Jerome M. Novey

Novey Law
851 E. Park Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32301-2620


Gary K. Hunter

Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.

119 S. Monroe St., Suite 300

Tallahassee, FL 32301


Michael R. Freed
Gunster Law Firm
225 Water St., Suite 1750
Jacksonville, FL 32202


Richard E. Doran

Ausley McMullen

123 S. Calhoun St.

P.O. Box 391

Tallahassee, FL 32302


Members of the bench, the Bar and the public are urged to contact the members of the commission concerning applicants for judicial positions.