Children with Certain Special Needs Court Appointed Counsel Registry

 

Effective July 1, 2015, the Chief Judge is responsible for creating and distributing the registry of private attorneys to represent children with certain special needs pursuant to s. 39.01305, F.S. As with other court appointments, these appointments are pursuant to a registry. As designated by the Chief Judge, the Office of the General Counsel is responsible for creating and distributing the registry of attorneys to represent children with certain special needs. The attorneys approved for this registry must execute the same JAC Agreement for Attorney Services executed by other registry counsel. In order to receive compensation for this type of appointment, the order of appointment must reflect that the child meets one of the criteria specified in s. 39.01305, F.S. The authority of the court to appoint compensated counsel is limited to the five categories set forth in the statute.

Before appointing an attorney for compensation, the court must appoint a pro bono attorney who is willing to represent the child without additional compensation, if one is available. The appointing court is required to consult with the GAL in attempting to locate a pro bono attorney. If a pro bono attorney cannot be located or a recommendation is not provided with 15 days, the court is authorized to appoint compensated counsel. The order of appointment must reflect that the court was unable to appoint a pro bono attorney.

The following individuals have been approved to be added to the Fifth Circuit Registry and entered into a contract with the JAC to be appointed for Children with Certain Special Needs In accordance with 39.01305, F.S.

Bar ID Name Counties Email Address
3409 AMBROSE, Elliott Hernando lawofficeelliottambrose@gmail.com
330360 BOYD, Summer All lawofficeofsummerboyd@gmail.com
18484 LYNUM, Edward J. Sumter, Citrus ej@onecounsel.us
51095 MCALLISTER, Bowdre M. All bowdremc@yahoo.com
086527 MOORD, Stacy M. Hernando stacy.moord@gmail.com
709859 MORCROFT, Heather Lake, Sumter hmorcroft13@gmail.com
47524 MULLIGAN, Christopher Citrus, Sumter, Hernando cmulligan@naturecoastlawyer.com
776173 NEW, Carl S. Marion csnewesq@aol.com
622761 REYNOLDS, Shannon Marion Shannon.Reynolds.esq@gmail.com
98756 RODRIGUEZ, Karen Lake, Sumter krodlawfirm@gmail.com
717657 SMITH, Brenda H. Lake, Marion, Sumter Brenda.atty@gmail.com
9695 SMITH, Scott Citrus, Hernando scotttsmithpa@gmail.com
88887 ZABRISKI, Lana Hernando lana.zabriskie@yahoo.com
85610 ZANDECKI, Jason Hernando jason.zandecki@gmail.com

For further information please contact Stephanie Jennings at the Office of the General Counsel
(352) 754-4860

***Please note: It is the responsibility of the JAC to maintain and update this list. While the Fifth Circuit will make every attempt to keep this list current, please visit the JAC website for the most current information at :

http://www.justiceadmin.org/coccregistry/childSpecialRegistry.aspx