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Road to the Bench Academy

Application deadline January 25 (No Longer Accepting Applications)

Are you interested in becoming a judge? Join the Palm Beach County Bar Association in our new Road to the Bench Academy. The Academy is a non-partisan training and mentorship program to encourage diversity on the bench. Whether you’re ready to seek a judicial seat today or in the future, the Academy aims to prepare you. Participants will receive training, courses on various topics related to the appointment and election process to become a judge. 

All applications must be received on or before January 25, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. (EST). Applicants must include the following required documents along with your application: Professional Resume and Current Professional Headshot (High resolution in JPEG). The participation fee for the Academy is $100 for private practice attorneys and $50 for public interest/government attorneys. Three program participation scholarships will be awarded to applicants who have financial need in order to participate in the Academy. 

Please submit completed applications to Carla Tharp Brown, Executive Director, at CTBrown@palmbeachbar.org.

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ACADEMY AGENDA & TRAINING DATES
  • Session 1: Why we’re here: the importance of encouraging a diverse bench.
    February 16, 2021, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom

    • James James Nutt
    • Judge Sheree Davis Cunningham (retired)
    • Judge W. Matthew Stevenson (retired)
  • Session 2: Building your brand, who are you?
    February 23, 2021, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom

    • Judge Ashley Zuckerman
    • Michael Gelfand
    • Adam Rabin
    • Judge Samantha Schosberg-Feuer
  • Session 3: Elements of an effective and successful JNC application.
    March 2, 2021, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom

    • Gordon A. Dieterle
    • F. Malcolm Cunningham
    • Judge Sherri L. Collins
    • Judge Cymonie Rowe
  • Session 4: So, you’ve applied, what’s next?
    March 9, 2021, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom
    • Judge Laura Laurie
    • Robert Harvey
    • Judge Edward Artau
  • Session 5: Getting ready to run a judicial campaign.
    March 16, 2021, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom

    • Rick Asani
    • Rebecca Shelton
    • Judge Debra Moses Stephens
    • Judge Sarah Willis
  • Session 6: Your network is your net worth.
    March 23, 2021, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom

    • Judge Samantha Schosberg-Feuer
    • Judge Bradley Harper
    • Gary Lesser
    • Sia Baker-Barnes

GRADUATION

March 30th, 2021
12:00 P.M.

Keynote Speaker

Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince (retired) 


CDI ACADEMY CHAIRS
  • Victoria Mesa-Estrada, Sub-committee Chair
  • Nadine White-Boyd, Sub-committee Chair
  • Lawonda Warren, CDI Co-chair

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