The Governor has appointed John L. Badalemnti, who until his appointment had served for nine years as an assistant in the Appellate Division of the Office of Federal Defender, Middle District of Florida, to fill the vacancy on the Second District Court of Appeal created by Judge Davis’ retirement. Judge Badalementi announced at the HCBA Appellate Section Luncheon earlier this week that he will start on the Court next Monday, May 18th. Congratulations, Judge Badalamenti.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Sam Salario and the Hon. Matthew Lucas for their appointments to the Second District Court of Appeal. Governor Scott appointed Salario and Lucas to fill the vacancies created by the Florida Legislature last session.
Soon-to-be Judge Salario will spend a few weeks wrapping up his practice as a partner at Carlton Fields. I’ve known Sam since our clerkship days (we both worked for Federal judges in the same courthouse at the same time) and I am so thrilled to see him ascend to the bench. Judge Lucas currently serves as a Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge in Tampa.
Best of luck to them both as they transition to life on the appellate bench, and to the entire Second DCA as they adjust to having two more judges to handle the case load!
It’s time to appoint the new Second District Court judges for the judgeships the legislature created last session. The Second DCA Judicial Nominating Commission will be accepting applications through Monday September 29, 2014. More information and the full application are both available through the official press release.