The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider a civil lawsuit filed by Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis.

Deadline Set For Florida Supreme Court Hopefuls

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider a civil lawsuit filed by Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis.

Thursday, a state panel set a May 27 application deadline for candidates seeking to replace retiring Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson.

The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission also decided to meet on June 1 to review the applications and on June 11 to interview candidates.

The panel ultimately will recommend finalists to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who will select Lawson’s successor.

Lawson, who was appointed as a justice in 2016 by former Gov. Rick Scott, announced last week that he will step down on Aug. 31, ending a 21-year judicial career that included serving as an Orlando-area circuit judge and a member of the 5th District Court of Appeal.

The nine-member nominating commission Thursday also elected Fred Karlinsky, a lawyer, and lobbyist with the Greenberg Traurig law firm, to serve as chairman.

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