Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of
Benjamin W. Hardin, Jr., Richard E. Straughn, and the reappointment of Cassandra L. Denmark, to the Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.
Denmark, 47, of Lake Wales, has been a partner at Meeks & Denmark, L.L.P. since 2010. Previously, she served as Associate General Counsel for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office from 2002 to 2005 and as the Director of Legal Affairs from 2005 to 2010. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, and her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is reappointed for a term beginning November 16, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.
Hardin, 53, of Lakeland, has been an attorney with Hardin & Associates, P.A., since 1994. Previously, he was an Assistant State Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit from 1985 to 1989. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his law degree from Mercer University School of Law. He succeeds John Marc Tamayo, and is appointed for a term beginning November 16, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.
Straughn, 53, of Winter Haven, has been an attorney with Straughn & Turner, P.A., since 1983. He received his bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Florida. He succeeds Melodie Johnson-Lopez, and is appointed for a term beginning November 16, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016. He is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.