Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Alan O. Forst to the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Forst, 54, of Palm City, has been the Chair of the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission (formerly the Unemployment Appeals Commission) since 2001. The Commission is the legal body that considers appeals from cases contesting reemployment compensation awards and denials. Forst is the former Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Florida Bar.  From 1998-2001, Forst practiced with Crary Buchanan in Stuart, FL.  From 1997-1998, he served with the U.S. Department of Commerce, and from 1993-1997, he served with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.  Forst received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from the Catholic University of America.  Forst will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Fred A. Hazouri.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Through leadership and public service, Alan has shown a commitment to the principle of judicial restraint and the rule of law.  He is a clear thinker who understands constitutional issues and his unique intellect will enhance the work for Fourth District Court of Appeals for years to come.”



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