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May 12, 2020
CONTACT:  Robert J. Harvey, Esq.
Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
TELEPHONE:  (561) 303-2918


The Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (“JNC”) received 26 applications for nomination to fill the vacancy for a Circuit Court Judge position created by the resignation of Judge Jessica Ticktin. On May 22, 2020, the JNC will interview the following applicants:

9:15 a.m.         Sarah Cortvriend

9:30 a.m.        Jonathan Giddens

9:45 a.m.        Judge Paige Gillman

10:00 a.m.     Judge Bradley Harper

10:15 a.m.      Nicole Hunt Jackson

10:30 a. m     Break

10:45 a.m.     Robert Ostrov

11:00 a.m.     John Parnofiello

11:15 a.m.      Jorge Perez

11:30 a.m.     Jeremy Zubkoff

11:45 a.m.     JNC Deliberations


The above interviews will be conducted in person at the Palm Beach County Bar Association (“PBCBA”), 1507 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33406. Each applicant will be allowed a two minute opening statement. All persons entering the PBCBA are required to wear face coverings and social distancing measures will be strictly enforced. The interviews will be transcribed by Phipps Reporting pro bono.

JNC proceedings are open to the public, except for deliberations. However, senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) are strongly encouraged to stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. See, Governor’s Executive Order Number 20-112 .

The JNC has not eliminated any applicant from consideration. The following applicants interviewed by the JNC on November 13, 2019, may submit a written statement updating the JNC on anything they wish to share about themselves and their work experience since their last interview. Such statements are limited to 1,000 words and must be received at  by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, May 18, to be considered. Those applicants are:

  1. Peter Bassaline
  2. Elizabeth Berkowitz
  3. Marsha Bunn
  4. Melanie Casper
  5. George Lagos
  6. Abigail Langweiler
  7. Laura Laurie
  8. Judith Levine
  9. Ilana Marcus
  10. Jean Marie Middleton
  11. Angela Prudenti
  12. Ori Silver
  13. Joseph Small
  14. Alcoyla St. Juste
  15. Stephanie Tew
  16. Schnelle Tonge
  17. Kevin Walsh

A list of members of the Fifteenth Circuit JNC is available at of the bench, the Bar and the public are urged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions. If you have any questions, please call Mr. Harvey at (561) 303-2918, or email at