The Docket February 2019

SARASOTA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION FEBRUARY 2019 VOL. 36, NO. 2 12 T H J U D I C I A L C I RC U I T Interview with new County Court Judge Dana Moss Editor’s Note: An interview with new, the civil. A A: So far, I love the lawyers that have come before me. They’ve all been well prepared, and it’s just been pleasant. They’ve been welcoming, and my colleagues have certainly been welcoming in the courthouse and that’s been great. Today we had a large docket, and we had a lot of folks that are scheduled to come in at one time. Sometimes fifty, sixty people come in at 1:30 for their case to be heard. So, my goal is to improve on being efficient, being quick, and get them in and out as quickly as possible, because I know a lot of them are working. They’re parents, they have jobs, they need to pick up children from school, and See JUDGE MOSS , Page 18 Judge Ruhl will be published in a future issue. Patrick McArdle, Docket Editor . s we enter the New Year, we welcome two new judges to the bench, Judge Moss and Judge Ruhl. This month, The Docket features the following interview with Judge Moss. Q: So other than being stuck in the parking garage coming here, how has judicial life been thus far? Alix St. Paul, MCBA President, Nancy Cason, SCBA President, and Susan Hines, SCD President, paid tribute to the Honorable Dana Moss at her Investiture Ceremony on January 11, 2019. A: It’s been great. I started on Thursday [January 3, 2019], and in the last few days I’ve had a couple civil trials and criminal. So on the county bench, we’re doing both county criminal and county civil court. So, it’s a nice blend, and most of my experience is in criminal, so it’s been fun adjusting to something Q: With a few trials under your belt, what have you seen on the bench that you like so far? YO U N G L AW Y E R S D I V I S I O N 12th Circuit Mock Trial Competition set for Feb. 16 By SARA CASTRO Farr Law Firm T he 12th Circuit High School Mock Trial Competition will be held this year at the Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The competition grew in 2018, with six Sarasota and Manatee county schools participating. This year eight high schools will be partici- pating: Manatee High School, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, River- view High School, Booker High School, Southeast High School, Manatee School for the Arts, and two new competitors, Pine View School and Invictus Home School Group. This competition allows high school students to have an unpar- alleled experience interacting with real judges and attorneys in a court- room setting that will shape their Sara Castro Farr Law Firm future career path, as well as provide them with valuable skills and public speaking experience. Student teams are already hard at work training for the competition. The students will compete in multiple rounds through- out the day, representing both the state and the defendant in a criminal vehicular homicide case involving high school students and a DUI. The winning team for the 12th Circuit will compete in the statewide compe- tition in Orlando in March. The Sarasota County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division organizes and oversees the local competition with guidance and resources from the Florida Law Related Education Association Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan organization that develops and implements legal and civic education programs and materials for students K-12 and adults. FLREA Program See MOCK , Page 17 BA R E V E N T S Bagels with the Bench L ooking for a chance to mingle with the 12th Circuit Judges, Judicial Assistants, and other local attorneys? If so, please join us for “Bagels with the Bench” on Wednesday, February 13, from 7:45—8:45 a.m. at the Judge Lynn Silvertooth Judicial Center, 2002 Ringling Blvd., 9th Floor.  A light breakfast and coffee will be provided. This event is offered at no cost, however reservations are required. Kindly RSVP to scba @ sarasotabar.com . Sponsored by: