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Crist's new DCA picks



We're getting word Gov. Charlie Crist tapped his deputy chief of staff Lori Rowe and Kent Wetherell (son of retiring FSU prez T.K. Wetherell) to sit on the First District Court of Appeal. 

Looks like we were right. Here's the press release text:

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Governor Charlie Crist today announced the appointment of Lori S. Rowe and Administrative Law Judge T. Kent Wetherell II of Tallahassee to the First District Court of Appeal.

 “Lori’s outstanding record of public service speaks for itself,” Governor Crist said.  “I am confident she will bring to the bench the same integrity and commitment to excellence she has displayed throughout her career.”

Lori Rowe, 38, was appointed by Governor Crist as deputy chief of staff in November 2006 and served as deputy transition director of the Crist/Kottkamp Transition Team. Previously, she served in the Office of the Attorney General in the roles of director of multi-state litigation, assistant deputy attorney general and executive deputy attorney general from 2003 to 2006.  She practiced with Gray, Harris and Robinson from 2000 to 2003 and with Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell in 2000. From 1997 to 2000, she served in the antitrust section of the Office of the Attorney General as assistant attorney general. She received her law degree and master’s in business administration from Florida State University in 1997, after graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1992.

“During his 15 years of service in Florida’s criminal justice system and in private practice, Judge Wetherell has demonstrated sound judgment and a strong sense of fairness,” Governor Crist said.  “He brings to the First District a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will serve the people of Florida well.”

Judge Wetherell, 38, has served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Division of Administrative Hearings since 2002. Previously, he served as deputy solicitor general in the Office of the Attorney General from 1999 to 2002.  He practiced with Hopping, Green, Sams and Smith from 1995 to 1999. Wetherell earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1992 and a law degree from Florida State University in 1995.

Rowe and Wetherell will fill the vacancies created by the retirements of Judge Michael E. Allen and Judge Edwin B. Browning.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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