A crowd of 22 lawyers applied to succeed Judge Eric Hendon in Miami-Dade County Court.
Michelle Delancy of delancyhill in Miami and state Department of Management Services general counsel Jason Dimitris were nominated for previous openings.
Past vacancies also drew applications from Assistant Public Defender Robert Coppel; Miami Assistant City Attorney Christopher Green; Oscar Levin, founder of Greenberg Traurig's immigration department; Shirlyon McWhorter of Miami; Assistant State Attorney Sandra Miller-Batiste; Assistant State Attorney Melba Pearson; Leslie Sharpe, in-house counsel at Rialto Capital Management LLC in Miami; and Julie Terry of Roig Lawyers in Deerfield Beach.
Joining them this go-round are solo practitioner and former Assistant State Attorney David Alschuler of Miami Beach; Norida Diaz of Harvey D. Rogers P.A. in Miami; Shahrzad Emami of Legal Services of Greater Miami; Assistant Public Defender Erica Gerstin; former Assistant State Attorney Julio Gomez of Miami; family practitioner Pamela Gordon of Hollywood; Scott Janowitz, an associate at Berk, Merchant & Sims in Coral Gables and a former Broward assistant state attorney; Steve Lieberman of Miami; solo practitioner and former Assistant Public Defender Jonathan Meltz; Andrew Ostrow of West Palm Beach; Bruce Reich of Miami Beach; and appellate lawyer Joshua Spector, a partner Perlman Bajandas Yevoli & Albright in Miami.
Hendon is now a circuit judge serving in the criminal division.