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Obama nominates Robert Scola for U.S. District Court, Southern Florida

President Obama this afternoon nominated Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

From White House: Scola currently serves as a judge on Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit, where he has presided over criminal, civil, and family law matters since 1995. Prior to joining the bench, he spent a decade in private practice as both a sole practitioner and, from 1992 to 1993, at the law firm of Quinon, Strafer & Scola, as a criminal defense attorney representing a wide range of defendants in both state and federal courts. Judge Scola began his law practice at the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, where he worked from 1980 to 1986. He received his J.D., cum laude, in 1980 from Boston College Law School and his B.A. in 1977 from Brown University.

Obama also nominated Edward M. Spooner for U.S. Marshal for Florida's Northern District.

Spooner, a life-long Florida resident, began his law enforcement career as an intern with the Florida Highway Patrol in 1973.  He served as a patrol and training officer with the Tallahassee Police Department from 1973 to 1977.  Mr. Spooner trained law enforcement officers as an instructor at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy from 1977 to 1979.  In 1979, he was named the Director of Public Safety for Quincy, Florida, a position he held until 1991.  Mr. Spooner has served on the Florida Parole Commission from 1991 to 1998, as Chief Deputy of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office from 1998 to 2004, and as Sheriff of Okaloosa County from 2009 to 2010.  He currently serves as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 5:49pm]


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