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Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal

The 2nd District Court of Appeal is in Lakeland and hears appeals in criminal and civil cases from Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Polk and Sarasota counties. No appellate judge has ever been voted out in a merit retention vote. Curtis Krueger, Times staff writer

Anthony K. Black, 56

Appellate judge

Darryl C. Casanueva, 61

Appellate judge

Charles A. Davis Jr., 64

Appellate judge

Edward C. LaRose, 57

Appellate judge

Nonpartisan
Experience Black worked as an accountant and became a CPA before going to law school. After law school, Black went into private legal practice in Chicago and moved to a Tampa firm in 1985, where he became a partner. He later co-founded a law firm and then became a sole practitioner. He also became board-certified in civil trial law and served as an agent for NFL players. Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him as a Hillsborough circuit judge in 2002, and Gov. Charlie Crist appointed him to the 2nd District Court of Appeal in 2010. After graduating from law school, Casanueva worked as an assistant state attorney. He then went into private practice at a Port Charlotte law firm and became a partner. He was elected as a circuit judge in 1990 and served primarily in Punta Gorda. In 1998 Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed him to the 2nd District Court of Appeal. Casanueva was chief judge of the court from July 2009 through June 2011. He also has been an adjunct professor at Edison Community College. Davis taught in Polk public schools before going to law school. After law school, he began working in private practice, and was elected in 1976 to the Winter Haven City Commission. He was elected mayor in 1978. In 1980 he closed his private practice and became an assistant public defender in Polk County. He was elected as a county judge in 1982 and as a circuit judge in 1984, and became chief judge. Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him in 1999 to the 2nd District Court of Appeal. He also is president of the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene. LaRose first worked as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., specializing in antitrust law. He came to work at a law firm in Tampa in 1983 and became a shareholder in 1987, specializing in commercial litigation, antitrust and employment law. He is board certified in antitrust and trade regulation law. He also has been a circuit civil mediator and an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law. He began serving on the 2nd District Court of Appeal in 2005 after his appointment by Gov. Jeb Bush.
EducationBlack graduated from Arizona State University and received his law degree from the University of Illinois.Casanueva graduated from the University of South Florida and received a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. He also received a Master of Laws in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia.Davis graduated from Trevecca Nazarene College (and is now chairman of its Board of Trustees) and received a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati. His law degree is from the University of Florida.LaRose graduated from Boston College and received his law degree from Cornell University.
AssetsHouse, savings, investmentsHouse; property in North Carolina; retirement accounts; savingsHouse; rental home; vehicles; retirement accounts; trustHouse; investments; retirement accounts
LiabilitiesNoneMortgage; home equity loan; credit card; car loanMortgages; student loans; credit card; line of creditMortgage
IncomeJudicial salaryJudicial salary; dividendsJudicial salary; payment as adjunct instructor at Florida Southern College;Judicial salary, Stetson University
PersonalMarried; two childrenMarried; two childrenMarried; three childrenMarried; three children

About the job: Criminal and civil cases that are appealed from circuit and county courts are heard by three-judge panels of the state's district courts of appeal. Five district courts serve the state. The judges are appointed to the bench, serve six-year terms and are retained through merit retention voting at the end of their terms. DCA rulings can be appealed to the Florida Supreme Court. Judges are paid $150,077 per year.

Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal: Anthony K. Black, Darryl C. Casanueva, Charles A. Davis Jr., Edward C. LaRose, nonpartisan

The 2nd District Court of Appeal is in Lakeland and hears appeals in criminal and civil cases from Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Polk and Sarasota counties. No appellate judge has ever been voted out in a merit retention vote.

Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal: Anthony K. Black, Darryl C. Casanueva, Charles A. Davis Jr., Edward C. LaRose, nonpartisan 10/17/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 3:09pm]
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