Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday announced more than five dozen appointments and reappointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions (JNCs), the panels that recommend lawyers for judgeships.
Notable names include Dan Nordby, who was Gov. Rick Scott‘s general counsel; GOP state Rep. Alex Andrade of Pensacola; and Tallahassee attorney Dan Russell, a former general counsel of the Florida Lottery who’s now also a member of Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried‘s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.
When a judicial vacancy occurs that must be filled by appointment, a JNC “submit(s) three to six names of the most highly qualified applicants to the governor, who must make a final selection from the list,” according to The Florida Bar.
Kristina R. Osterhaus, of Tallahassee, previously clerked for a federal judge and was an associate attorney at Wiley, Rein and Fielding LLP. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and her law degree from the University of Chicago. Osterhaus is reappointed for a term ending July 1, 2023.
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