Thursday, February 9, 2012

DC Fiddles While the 11th Circuit Burns.



I know some of you (most of you?) braved the rain and were at Brett Barfield's spectacular FBA Federal Judicial Reception this evening at the Hyatt downtown.

(To those of you who wondered in from the the adjacent Cosmetic Surgery Convention, yes this is what South Florida judges and lawyers really look like.)

Ka-ching!

It was a great event, filled with much #humblebrag but also genuine camaraderie and good cheer -- if you missed it, it was truly your loss.  There is no better way to feel connected and part of a real community of active, involved, caring judges and lawyers than attending this event.

Judge Jordan of course was there, connecting and relating to the lawyers and judges around him.

Meanwhile, the interminable gridlock in DC that has caught up this once-in-a-lifetime bipartisan consensus nominee for the 11th Circuit drew special attention from Senator Leahy, as passed on by the always in-the-know Glenn Sugameli:
Senate Republicans continue to block even judicial nominations with home state support from Republican Senators.  Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida both introduced  Judge Adalberto Jordan of Florida to the Judiciary Committee when we held his confirmation hearing last September for his nomination to fill a judicial emergency vacancy on the Eleventh Circuit, and both strongly support his nomination.

Judge Jordan is an experienced jurist who has served as a judge for the Southern District of Florida since 1999.  If confirmed, Judge Jordan will be the first Cuban-born judge to serve on the Eleventh Circuit, which covers Florida, Georgia and Alabama.  Born in Havana, Cuba, Judge Jordan immigrated to the United States at age six, going on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Miami law school.  After law school, he clerked for Judge Thomas A. Clark on the Eleventh Circuit, the court to which he is now nomination, and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a President Reagan appointee to the United States Supreme Court.  Judge Jordan has been a prosecutor in the Southern District of Florida, serving as Deputy Chief and then Chief of the Appellate Division.  Judge Jordan has been a professor, since 1990 teaching at his alma mater, the University of Miami School of Law, as well as the Florida International University College of Law.  It is no suprrise that the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary unanimously rated Judge Jordan “well qualified” to serve on the Eleventh Circuit, the highest possible rating from its non-partisan peer review.  It is also no surprise that his nomination was reported unanimously by the Judiciary Committee nearly four months ago.  The surprise is that Senate Republicans continue to stall action on this nomination for no good reason.

Judge Jordan is the kind of consensus judicial nominee that should be welcomed as one of the many examples of President Obama reaching out to work with Republican and Democratic home state senators and the kind of superbly qualified nominee we should all encourage to serve on the distinguished bench of Federal appeals court judges.  In the past the Senate would have voted on his nomination within days or weeks of its being reported unanimously by the Judiciary Committee.  Yet Republicans refused to consent to a vote on Judge Jordan’s nomination before the end of the last session and it has been stalled on the Senate Calenadar for nearly four months.  When we finally do vote on Judge Jordan’s nomination I am certain he will be confirmed with broad bipartisan support, perhaps unanimously.  There is no good reason the Senate is not voting to confirm Judge Jordan today.
Is there any reason for Republicans to continue to hold up this confirmation?

Sug reports that finally, on Monday, February 13, 2012:
  • the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #437, the nomination of Adalberto Jose Jordan, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees .
  • Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Jordan nomination
 Hallehujah!!

10 comments:

  1. You beat DOM by half an hour.

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  2. i'm sorry and I preface this by saying Bert Jordan is a great judge and will be a great circuit judge - but Moe Howard-seperated at birth?

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  3. Next stop is the Supreme Court.

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  4. I hope that Judge Jordan is finally confirmed as promptly as possible. It really is not fair to keep nominees in limbo for so long for no apparent reason than pure party politics that has nothing to do with the candidate.

    Brett Barfield did another great job with the Federal Bar reception. A really great event.

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  5. Brett Barfield and Alex Gonzales lawyers for Holland & Knight both have been using the courts to help Salvatore Vincent Frieri Gallo. A man who was convicted for fraud in Colombia. ALex and Barfield tried to hide the facts that Frieri was wanted by Interpol. They lied about his conviction in court deposition

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    1. Latest news on Holland & knights number one client Salvatore Vincent Frieri Gallo was arrested in March of 13 2013 for trying to kill a lawyer in Rome. Is this funny trying to kill a lawyer for money Frieri lent to this lawyer. The Rome police put to together a sting operation and caught Frieri and his inforcer getting ready to kill . They both had automatic weapons with silencers. The police arrested them before they could get a shot off. They found 1 million in cash and checks agreements to charge high interest on the money he put on the street. All of these crimes going on and his two layers collecting high fees . The Rome police has also charged him for loan sharking money laundering. Tax fraud. How with all these Crimes going on Holland & Knight still taking drug money from Frieri . His money was tied to the Colombian and Mexican cartels. People ask why his lawyers in Miami get away with collecting drug money.

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  6. You have to lawyers who have lied in court to the judge to cover up Salvatore Frieri Gallo fraud and money laundering scam. They have used their contacts at the SEC to throw off the judge to rule in their favor
    Salvatore who was convected in Colombia on fraud and money laundering changes. Frieri not to be put in jail have fled the country and is now living in his mothers beach house She died many years ago but Frieri has not reported her dead not to pay taxes his mother left him. These two lawyers knew Frieri was the master and the money behind the illegal bonds business in Venezuela. The FBI needs to start a full investigation against them

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  7. You have to lawyers who have lied in court to the judge to cover up Salvatore Frieri Gallo fraud and money laundering scam. They have used their contacts at the SEC to throw off the judge to rule in their favor
    Salvatore who was convected in Colombia on fraud and money laundering changes. Frieri not to be put in jail have fled the country and is now living in his mothers beach house She died many years ago but Frieri has not reported her dead not to pay taxes his mother left him. These two lawyers knew Frieri was the master and the money behind the illegal bonds business in Venezuela. The FBI needs to start a full investigation against them

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  8. Now on top of all the criminal activity from the two brothers they have done the same thing to Holland and Knight as they have been accused by many people. Holland and knight dropped the Frieri brother's case because they refused to pay them for their services. Talk about justice. Now Franco Castro is working with Alex Gonzalez to bring a lawsuit against HK. These criminal now turn on each other.

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  9. what comes around goes around

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