His-and-hers Tampa Bay appeals court duo
Pinellas Circuit Court Judge Nelly Khouzam was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist Tuesday to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Second District Court of Appeal, which includes the Tampa Bay region. Khouzam won't need an introduction to at least one of her new colleagues: Her husband, Morris Silberman, is also a member of the DCA.
Crist had interviewed three other finalists for the judgeship, which arose because of the impending retirement of E.J. Salcines. The governor interviewed Khouzam Monday afternoon at Hawker Beechcraft, a jet aviation service in Tampa, and made up his mind soon afterward.
Khouzam, 49, of Tarpon Springs, spent her young years in Egypt and moved to the U.S. in 1969. A former litigator at Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, VIllareal & Banker, she was appointed to the Pinellas bench by former Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles in 1994. She was named Florida Jurist of the Year in 2002, an award chosen by the Florida chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates.