Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Judge William Thomas officially nominated to District Court

This is great news and fast. Let's hope that this is how it's going to be in the President's second term. Here is President Obama's press release:

President Obama Nominates Seven to the United States District Courts

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Obama nominated Valerie E. Caproni, Kenneth John Gonzales, Raymond P. Moore, Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell, Judge William L. Thomas, Judge Analisa Torres and Derrick Kahala Watson for District Court judgeships.

"These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system," said President Obama.  "They also represent my continued commitment to ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves.  I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity.  Too many of our courtrooms stand empty.  I hope the Senate will promptly consider all of my nominees and ensure justice for everyday Americans.”


Judge William L. Thomas:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Judge William L. Thomas has served as a Circuit Judge in Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit since 2005,
where he has presided over both civil and criminal matters.  For seven years, from 1997 to 2005, he served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Southern District of Florida, where he represented indigent clients in federal criminal cases.  Judge Thomas began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender at the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office in 1994.  He received his J.D. in 1994 from the Temple University School of Law and his B.A. in 1991 from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania.


HT: Glenn Sugameli


Anonymous said...

I have had the pleasure of appearing before this judge both in criminal and civil cases. He iis hard-working, bright, and an excellent choice for the U.S. District Court. He will be sadly missed in the state court system

Lauren Louis said...

Finally! So happy for you Will.

Anonymous said...

Be careful what you ask for, You're getting a Judge who will make Huck look lazy in terms of scheduling trials after arraignment. He makes his mind up quickly and woe to the lawyer he rules against. Personally, there is a level of immaturity that he shows in his courtroom demeanor that just doesn't make up for his admirable sense of fairness. Mark my words- his rush to judgment and his rush in pushing cases- which will only be worse in Federal court- will cause a tragedy someday unless he calms down and mends his ways.

Anonymous said...

Congrats also to Ray Moore - the FPD in Colorado. Great guy and will be a great judge too.

Anonymous said...

Those are very condescending comments. His demeanor is better than several current SDFla judges I can think of - and it should be noted that his dog sniff case just got argued in the Supreme Court so it is not like he fails to be thoughtful on cases that require it

South Florida Lawyers said...

Great pick!

Anonymous said...

Did the DBR just out Judge Thomas? Inquiring minds want to know.