15TH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION NOTICE OF VACANCIES AND ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS

The Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (“JNC”) announces two vacancies: one vacancy for a Circuit Court Judge position created by the retirement of Judge Krista Marx, and one vacancy for a County Court Judge position created by the resignation of Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo.  The JNC has been asked to provide Governor Ron DeSantis with nominees for both vacancies by August 14, 2021.

Qualifications of Applicants:

Applicants must be able to fulfill the Constitutional qualifications for circuit court and county court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution.

Instructions for Submission:

1)  The current Judicial Application form must be used and can be found at https://www.flgov.com/judicial-and-judicial-nominating-commission-information/. Applicants should ensure they are using the correct and current form.

2) Applications must be in .pdf form and submitted as follows: (i) one original copy of the application, including all attachments, (ii) one redacted copy of the application, including all attachments, excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes or other applicable public records law. The two .pdf files should be named in a “last name.first name” format. For example: Jane Smith should submit two files named: (1) Smith.Jane.pdf and (2) Smith.Jane-REDACTED.pdf. 

Each electronic application, including exhibits, must be a single pdf file. No paper applications will be accepted.

3)  The deadline for submission of the completed application is 1:00 p.m., July 14, 2021Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.  Both the original and redacted electronic applications must be submitted by email to rharvey@jenksharveylaw.com. Please state in your email whether you are applying for the Circuit Court Judge vacancy, the County Court Judge vacancy, or both vacancies.

Please ensure the Application is complete, including all required responses (including references, case style and contact information regarding recent cases, and class standing and degree information regarding education), and all required attachments (writing sample, financial disclosure, photograph).  Incomplete applications may not be considered.  

Additional Information:

The JNC will publish on the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s website www.palmbeachbar.org and Governor Ron DeSantis’ judicial webpage https://www.flgov.com/judicial-and-judicial-nominating-commission-information/   the date and location of any interviews that the JNC chooses to conduct.  The JNC anticipates that any interviews will be held the week of August 9, 2021.

All JNC proceedings are open to the public, except for deliberations.  Applications are not confidential.  If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to the Governor.

A list of members of the Fifteenth Circuit JNC is available at https://www.flgov.com/judicial-and-judicial-nominating-commission-information/.Members of the bench, the Bar, and the public are urged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions.

If you have any questions, please call Mr. Harvey at (561) 303-2918, or email at rharvey@jenksharveylaw.com

REQUEST FOR SUBMITTALS – LEGAL SERVICES FOR HOUSING DISCRIMINATION CASES

REQUEST FOR SUBMITTALS

Palm Beach County is seeking submittals for Legal Services for Housing Discrimination Cases
Date of Issuance: 05/28/2021
Submittals due: 07/30/2021

After the issuance date of the RFS, the RFS will be available for download online at https://pbcvssp.co.palm-beach.fl.us/webapp/vssp/AltSelfService

In accordance with the provisions of ADA, this document may be requested in an alternative format.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

The Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is continuing to enforce equal employment, housing and places of public accommodation laws while ensuring that all of our activities are consistent with public health guidelines.

The OEO closed its physical office to the public but our work continues.  Preserving access to file a complaint of discrimination in employment, housing and places of public accommodation is important as the laws that the OEO enforces have deadlines within which individuals must file a discrimination complaint.

If you would like to begin the process of filing a charge or complaint of discrimination, you are encouraged to visit the OEO’s website (www.pbcgov.com/equalopportunity) to complete the applicable questionnaire.  Additionally, you may also contact the OEO at (561) 355-4884 or (561) 355-1517 (TTY/TDD) to begin the process of filing a charge; or complaint of discrimination; or if you have a disability; or you otherwise have difficulty with accessing the website.

Given these exigent circumstances, we request that you communicate with our office via email, facsimile, or telephone.  You may email correspondence to Kenette Penny-Baker at kpbaker@pbcgov.org or via facsimile to (561) 656-7026 and may contact our office at (561) 355-4884 or (561) 355-1517 (TTY/TDD).  While your procedures may require that you mail documents to our agency, we would appreciate if you email or fax documents to our office and we will confirm receipt of the correspondence.

If you have any questions or concerns about this request, please contact Pamela Guerrier, Director at (561) 355-4884 or via email at Pguerrie@pbcgov.org

We greatly appreciate your flexibility during this time.

BOARD POSITION OPENING FOR THE PBC ENVIRONMENTAL APPEALS BOARD 

Environmental Appeals Board Members consist of five members: a professional engineer from the Palm Beach branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers; a water resource professional from the South Florida Water Management District; a drinking water engineer from Department of Environmental Regulations; a member of the Gold Coast Builders Association; and an attorney from the PBC Bar Association.

Responsibilities include:

  • To hear appeals made by the PBC Public Health Unit or the environmental control officer under rules of the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC).
  • This is a 3-year term.

All interested members must submit this form, along with your resume to our Executive Director, Carla Tharp-Brown at ctbrown@palmbeachbar.org.

Submission deadline: Monday, May 24th, 2021.

THE HONORABLE WALTER N COLBATH, JR.

The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Judges and Court staff celebrate the life of the Honorable Walter N. Colbath, Jr., who passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.  He was 86 years old.

Judge Colbath was passionate about public service and politics, beginning his legal career as the Public Defender of the Fifteenth Circuit in 1966.  He left the Public Defender’s office in 1972, and later successfully ran for Councilman, then Mayor of the Village of North Palm Beach.

In 1984, Governor Bob Graham appointed Judge Colbath to the Circuit Court bench, replacing Judge Lewis Kapner.  During his term as Chief Judge from 1997 to 2001, Judge Colbath led the Circuit in many outstanding achievements, including, early on in his term, the establishment of the Foreclosure division, which he presided over. Under his leadership, the juvenile mediation and alternative sanctions programs were developed to address the escalation of cases involving juvenile offenders.  Then, in 1999, Chief Judge Colbath entered an Administrative Order establishing Community Court as a separate County Court division, utilizing volunteer judges to hear pleas involving quality of life offenses.  In 2000, the Domestic Violence Intake Unit and the Batterers Intervention Program were implemented to address the increase in domestic violence cases in the County.  He also oversaw the implementation of programs aimed at reducing jail overcrowding and recidivism rates, while also addressing possible underlying issues such as addiction, mental illness, and joblessness.  In 2001, in his role as Chief Judge, he established the Elder Justice Center to identify and remove barriers faced by older adults by offering services to assist them in connecting with appropriate legal, medical and social service agencies. He retired from the bench in 2001.  After his retirement, he continued to serve the legal community as a successful Circuit Civil Mediator.

Judge Walter N. Colbath, Jr. was a gentle giant and highly respected in the legal community.  He was also a dedicated family man and raised three children, Walter N. Colbath, III; Jeffrey Colbath; and Stephanie Colbath.  Walter N. Colbath, III, who preceded him in death, served as a Mediator and Mediation Coordinator in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. Judge Jeffrey Colbath (retired), also followed his father’s footsteps, first serving on the County Court bench from 1992 to 2003, then the Circuit Court bench from 2003 to 2019, and as Chief Judge from 2013 – 2017. He currently practices as a Circuit Civil Mediator.

Judge Walter N. Colbath, Jr. will be remembered fondly as a great leader of the Circuit and will truly be missed by the judiciary, the legal community, and the Court staff of the Circuit.