On April 27, Governor Rick Scott hosted a dinner event entitled Judicial Appointments and the JNC. Among those in attendance was none other than accomplished Fort Lauderdale Attorney and Recovery Unplugged Co-Founder and CEO, Marshall Geisser. The event was an opportunity for members of the Florida legal community to exchange thoughts and sentiments regarding the judicial nomination process on both the state and federal levels, and discuss the long-term impact of judicial appointments. Eligible attendees also had the opportunity to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credits and gain invaluable insight from the Governor and some of the state’s top legal experts.
The event included a panel entitled “Successfully Nominating the Judicial Nominating Commission” which featured prominent Florida circuit court judges and members of the Florida JNC. The dinner was sponsored and presented by the Miami-Dade Bar Association, the Daily Business Review, & the Spellman-Hoeveler Inns of Court. Co-sponsors included University of Miami’s School Law, Florida International University’s School of Law, the Miami Beach Bar Association and the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. It was held just two days before Governor Scott’s appoint of three new faces to Florida’s JNC: one to the Seventh Circuit and two to the 12th.
Events like these are important because state-level JNC appointments are often directly tied to states’ policies on enforcement for drug-related crimes. These appointments can directly contribute to a state’s collective legal attitude when it comes the issue of treatment vs. incarceration. With over 20 years of criminal defense experience in private practice and a fierce commitment to addiction treatment, we could think of no more appropriate person to attend this event than our CEO. Recovery Unplugged was proud to have a member of our team not only present, but actively involved in such an important and high-level conversation.