August 20, 2020

2020 Solo & Small Firm Summit: CLE Programs

Demystifying the Judicial Election and Selection Processes: State and Federal Courts

Moderator: Hon. J. Michelle Childs, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina; Chair, ABA Judicial Division

Panelists:  Judge Keathan B. Frink, 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida (Circuit Civil); Judge Raag Singhal, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

So, you want to be a judge, but you are not quite sure where to start? You are in luck! “Demystifying the Judicial Selection Processes: State and Federal Courts” will provide insight from well-respected jurists about their judicial perspective from the bench. The panelists will share their career stories and lessons that will provide the audience with a one-of-a-kind peek behind the curtain, revealing the panelist’s path to the bench. To supplement these narratives, this program will also provide materials such as a U.S Senate Judicial Questionnaire, U.S Magistrate Judicial Selection Questionnaire, and State Court Judicial Applications. You will leave the presentation equipped to navigate your own journey to the bench!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the steps from vacancy to confirmation
  2. Compare and Contrast State vs. Federal Court Judicial Responsibilities and Selection Processes
  3. Learn the difference between the appointment and election of judges