Joel Dubina, Montgomery-based federal appeals court judge, will step down today as chief judge of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and a Montgomery judge will succeed him.Judge Dubina had a great run as Chief and will remain active on the court.
The 11th Circuit announced Wednesday that U.S. Circuit Judge Ed Carnes will assume the position, which is awarded in order of seniority. Dubina was appointed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1990 after four years as a U.S. district judge in Montgomery; Carnes was appointed to the circuit in 1992. Both were appointed by President George H.W. Bush.
2. Glenn Sugameli breaks the news again about federal judgeships:
A) New future vacancy raises US total to 101 current and future vacancies
B) Major bill to create 91 new federal judgeships, including many in FL
How will this bill affect us:
· 3 additional district judgeships for the southern district of Florida;
· 5 additional district judgeships for the middle district of Florida;
· 1 additional district judgeship for the northern district of Florida;
· 1 additional district judgeship for the middle district of Florida;
Permanent status to temporary judgeships:
· 1 in the southern district of Florida;
Of course we currently have two open seats and the JNC is accepting applications now, until August 19 (the first day of school). From everything I am hearing, there is an expectation that there will be about 25 applications, and the JNC will then send 4 names to the Senators for 2 slots (after the interviews).