A general magistrate, four prosecutors and six other government attorneys are among 23 applicants seeking a seat opened by Broward Circuit Judge Susan Greenhawt's retirement.
Broward General Magistrate Randi Glick Boven submitted her application by Tuesday's deadline. Assistant State Attorneys Mari S. Blumstein, Morgan Roger Rood and Elizabeth Scherer of the Broward office and Abbe S. Rifkin in the Miami-Dade office also filed.
Two circuit staff attorneys — Phoebee Rebecca Francois and Giuseppina Miranda — also applied, as did Broward Assistant Public Defenders Lorena Mastrarrigo and Robert Abraham Jakovich. He also will be on the August primary ballot for a county judge seat.
Other government officials include Rene D. Harrod, an assistant attorney general in the Broward's economic crimes division, and Lynn D. Rosenthal, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Fort Lauderdale office.
Among the private attorneys seeking the governor's favor are Garrett S. Elsinger, a criminal defense lawyer at Purdy Jolly Giuffreda & Barranco; Michele McCaul Ricca, an insurance lawyer at Boyd Richards Parker & Colonelli; Mark W. Rickard, a collections lawyer at Jacobson Sobo & Moselle; Stacey Schulman, a personal injury lawyer at Morgan & Morgan; and Gerard S. Williams, a criminal lawyer at Nichols Williams & Julian, all Broward-based law firms.
Solo practitioners vying to make the cut include Maritza Gonzalez, a family lawyer in Weston; Jorge E. Hurtado, a criminal defense lawyer in Coral Springs; Steven W. Hyatt, a family lawyer in Fort Lauderdale; Kenneth P. Kugler, a workers compensation lawyer in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; Christopher W. Pole, a criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale; former Davie Mayor Thomas A. Truex, a commercial and bankruptcy lawyer; and Ruby Seymour-Barr, a family lawyer in Hollywood.