A big change has been announced for the Eleventh Circuit: Judge Rosemary Barkett will be leaving the Court. According to a press release issued by the Department of State on August 23, 2013, Judge Barkett has been appointed to the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. She will begin her new position on October 1, 2013. Although she will no doubt excel in her new position, she will be sorely missed by the federal criminal defense and criminal appeals attorneys throughout the State of Florida and the rest of the Eleventh Circuit.
At least Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has no intention of leaving her position at the nation’s highest court. At the age of 80, she is still running full steam ahead, and sees herself as the leader of the liberal opposition on one of the most activist courts in history. For the article published in the Washington Post, click here.
Meanwhile, on a more local note, Governor Scott has appointed 2 new Judges to the 4th DCA in the last 5 months. Judges Forst and Klingensmith were appointed in March and August of this year. Since I’ve already seen their names in several opinions, they both seem to have hit the ground running. You can see the official profiles of Judges Forst and Klingensmith here. Best of luck to them in their new positions.