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Joseph Lewis, Jr. (Florida judge)

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Joseph Lewis, Jr.
Judge Joseph Lewis, Jr.jpg
Chief Judge of the Florida First District Court of Appeal
In office
July 1, 2013 – July 1, 2015
Preceded byRobert T. Benton, II
Succeeded byL. Clayton Roberts
Judge of the Florida First District Court of Appeal
Assumed office
January 2, 2001[1]
Appointed byJeb Bush
Preceded byL. Arthur Lawrence
Personal details
Born
Joseph Lewis, Jr.

(1953-01-06) January 6, 1953 (age 66)
Tallahassee, Florida
EducationUniversity of Montana (B.S.)
Florida State University College of Law (J.D.)

Joseph Lewis, Jr. is a judge on the Florida First District Court of Appeal.

History[edit | edit source]

Lewis was born in Tallahassee in 1953. He attended the University of Montana, graduating in 1974, and the Florida State University College of Law in 1977.[2] After graduation, he worked as a judicial research aide at the Florida Industrial Relations Commission from 1977 to 1978.[2] In 1978, he began working as an assistant public defender in the Second Judicial Circuit, a position he held until 1981. Starting in 1981, Lewis began working as an Assistant Attorney General in the Florida Attorney General's office. He specialized in civil and employment litigation, eventually becoming the Bureau Chief of the Employment Litigation and Civil Litigation Section.[3]

First District Court of Appeal[edit | edit source]

In August 2000, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the First District Court of Appeal sought applicants to replace Judges James Joanos and Arthur Lawrence, whose terms expired in January 2001.[1] Lewis applied for the seats, and on November 17, 2000, Governor Jeb Bush announced that he was nomating Lewis to replace Judge Lawrence.[4] Following Lawrence's retirement two months later, Lewis was sworn in to the seat,[5] becoming the second African-American judge to serve on the court.[3]

In 2002, following Justice Leander Shaw's retirement from the Supreme Court of Florida, Lewis applied to fill the vacancy.[6] However, Governor Bush ended up selecting Kenneth B. Bell for the seat instead.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "First DCA JNC seeks applicants". The Florida Bar News. August 15, 2000. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Judge Joseph Lewis, Jr". Florida First District Court of Appeal. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Elizabeth Hirst (November 17, 2000). "Governor Bush Appoints Joseph Lewis, Jr.to the First District Court of Appeal" (Press release). Tallahassee, Florida: Governor of Florida. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  4. "Bush Appoints 2 to Court of Appeal". Florida Times-Union. November 21, 2000. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  5. Avron, Paul (Summer 2001). "Meet the "New" Appellate Judges of the First and Second District Courts of Appeal" (PDF). The Record. Tallahassee, Florida: Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section: 12. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  6. "15 Apply to Fill Openingon State Supreme Court: Soon-to-Retire Leander Shaw's Replacement Must Come from North Florida". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, Florida. October 29, 2002. p. B5.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
L. Arthur Lawrence
Judge of the Florida First District Court of Appeal
2001–present
Incumbent


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