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WMU-Cooley Professor Appointed to Florida Judicial Nominating Commission

Joseline Jean-Louis Hardrick, a professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus, has been appointed to the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Middle District of Florida. The commission is responsible for vetting and recommending judicial appointments and the next United States Attorney, as well as the United States Marshal for the Middle District of Florida to the Biden administration for the Middle District of Florida.


Hardrick, who served as a federal judicial law clerk for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, after working as a litigation associate with Bush Ross, P.A., is the founder and president      of the nonprofit Journey to Esquire, for which she recently received the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division 2019 Diversity Award. She joined WMU-Cooley in July 2019.

“I look forward to serving in this capacity and to continue my personal and WMU-Cooley's mission of helping to diversify the legal field with talented lawyers and judges,” Hardrick said of the Judicial Nominating Commission appointment.

On March 4, U.S. Reps Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Florida’s Congressional Democrats announced the formation of three screening conferences, one in each of Florida’s districts – northern, middle and southern – to assist Florida Congressional leaders in evaluating and recommending candidates for vacant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal, and federal judgeship positions in Florida.

The recommendations from this process will be submitted to the White House and Florida’s senators. Each screening conference will interview and vet applicants for vacancies that arise, and advise the delegation regarding the candidates' qualifications and fitness for the desired position. Once the president submits a nomination to the U.S. Senate, the nominee will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. If a nomination is approved by the Judiciary Committee, the nomination will be sent to the full Senate for consideration.

“These screening conferences bring together strong legal and judicial experience from all over our state, and they will be critical in advising Florida lawmakers as we evaluate candidates for some of the most important jobs in Florida,” said Hastings. "I thank each member of these screening conferences for their willingness to serve such a vital role."

"The wisdom, expertise, and insight of these screening conference members will be critical for filling these vital judicial system positions with competent and experienced professionals," said Wasserman Schultz. "I offer heartfelt thanks to each of these members for serving the people of Florida."

Mar 08 2021