Jim McCune began serving the people of Marion County, Florida, as a County Court Judge on March 1, 2002. He was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. In 2004, 2010 and 2016, he was elected to serve full 6-year terms. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University in Virginia [Bachelor of Arts], Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana [Juris Doctor] and Emory University School of Law in Georgia [Master of Laws]. He was admitted to practice law in Indiana in 1982, in Florida in 1984 and in Texas in 1997. Jim was an Assistant State Attorney in Florida’s 5th Judicial Circuit for 13 years before becoming a judge. At the State Attorney’s Office, Jim supervised the Public Interest Unit for 6 years and prosecuted the Circuit’s economic crimes, crimes against the elderly, environmental crimes and crimes involving public officials. He also worked for 6 years as a murder prosecutor assigned to the Circuit’s death penalty cases. Before joining the State Attorney’s Office, Jim worked for 3 years as a Law Clerk for a Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court in Indianapolis and for 2 ½ years as a Florida Assistant Attorney General handling civil RICO cases throughout Florida. Jim grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated from Montclair High School. Jim is married to Jessica who is a 3rd generation Texan.
Jim McCune works for the improvement of the courts system in Florida. In particular, Jim was elected to serve as President-Elect of the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida in 2012. From July 2013 until July 2014, Jim served as President of the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida and still serves on the Conference’s Board of Directors. Jim served on the Florida Court Education Council from 2009 until 2014. He also served for 10 years on the Publications Committee of the Florida Court Education Council. Jim served 1 year on the Florida Trial Court Budget Commission. In 2015, Jim was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court’s Court Interpreter Certification Board and currently serves on that Board. In 2016, Jim was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Courts and then appointed in 2018 to the Florida Supreme Court’s Steering Committee on Problem-Solving Courts. He currently serves on that Committee.
Jim McCune works for the improvement of the courts system in Marion County. In particular, Jim led the planning and launch of a Mental Health Court for Marion County in 2009 and a Veterans Treatment Court in 2012. Jim presided over the Mental Health Court until September 2014 and presided over the Veteran’s Treatment Court until November 2019. As part of his planning for the Veterans Treatment Court, Jim was selected and participated in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference sponsored by the U.S. Secretary of Defense in 2011. He also spent a week in Buffalo, New York, as part of a team from Marion County working with those who started the nation’s first Veterans Court to plan for the Marion County Veterans Court. Jim served for many years as the Administrative County Court Judge for Marion County.
Jim McCune works for the improvement of the legal profession. In particular, Jim was appointed to serve as Chair of the Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism for 1 year in 2006. He was reappointed to that Committee in 2014 and is presently serving on it. Jim has in the past been appointed to serve on the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism. Having served 2 terms in the past on the Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee, Jim was reappointed to that Committee in 2018 and is currently serving on the subcommittee tasked to review staff opinions. Jim was president of his local Inn of Court during a year when his Inn was awarded platinum status by the National headquarters. Jim started the 5th Circuit Professionalism Committee and led that Committee for over 10 years during which period the Committee presented 5 separate Circuit Professionalism Conferences. Jim has served for several years as a member of a faculty team teaching an on-line evidence class for judges through the National Judicial College.
Jim McCune works for the good of all. In particular, Jim served 3 years as President of the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Marion County. Jim currently serves on the Board of the Marion County Childrens Alliance. Jim also currently serves as the District Chair of the Marion District of the North Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Jim also currently serves as Chair of the Marion County Canvassing Board as he has served in many past years. Jim has also served as the Judge appointed to work with the Trustees of the Marion County Law Library. Jim has also served on other non-profit Boards and volunteers with many charitable organizations. In his spare time, Jim has participated in mission trips to Haiti (5 times), Ukraine, Ecuador, China, Cuba (2 times), Honduras (2 times) and Uganda.
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