Association information

  • 11/18/2021 10:22 AM | Mary Kinirons (Administrator)




    November 18, 2021

    CONTACT:  Robert J. Harvey, Chair

    Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

    TELEPHONE:  (561) 303-2918

    The Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (“JNC”) takes pleasure in certifying the following nominees to fill the vacancy for a County Court Judge position created by the elevation of Judge Bradley Harper:

    • 1.      Alex Braunstein
    • 2.      Lauren Godden Burke
    • 3.      Ori Feistmann Silver
    • 4.      Stephanie Tew
    • 5.      Schnelle Tonge
    • 6.      Lindsay Warner

    A list of members of the Fifteenth Circuit JNC is available at

    If you have any questions, please contact Robert Harvey at (561) 303-2918, or by email at

  • 09/16/2021 9:06 PM | Mary Kinirons (Administrator)

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, in anticipation of Constitution Day 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis is excited to announce the appointments of 20 rule of law judges to the following five circuits and ten county courts: Fourth, Ninth, Eleventh, Fifteenth and Eighteenth Judicial Circuits, as well as Citrus, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, and St. Johns Counties. Nine of the judicial appointments will fill new vacancies that were created by the Florida Legislature. With these appointments, Governor DeSantis has made 150 total judicial appointments.

    Bradley Harper to serve as Judge on the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court

    Judge Harper has served on the Palm Beach County Court since 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and his law degree from the University of Florida. Harper fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Krista Marx.

    April Bristow to serve as Judge on the Palm Beach County Court

    April Bristow has served as General Counsel to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit since 2019. Previously, she served as a Career Attorney for Judge Dorian Damoorgian in the Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Stetson University. Bristow fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo.

    See a list of all appointments here:

  • 09/02/2021 4:49 PM | Mary Kinirons (Administrator)



    As we enter the new bar year, we have received many questions and concerns about how the SPBCBA will be handling in-person events in light of the rise in COVID cases throughout South Florida. Please know that we have been monitoring the situation closely as well as reviewing what other associations in our region are doing.

    At this time, the Board of Directors has voted to postpone the September 9, 2021 Membership Reception since this is a large, indoor event. The new date will be Wednesday, November 10, 2021, and the location (Pavilion Grille) remains unchanged. If you have already registered, we will be sending an announcement for the change through our system shortly. If you cannot make the new date, please send an email to, so we can adjust your reservation; if you have not registered for this event, please RSVP on our website by October 29th.

    The SPBCBA will tentatively continue with our current plan for other in-person events, including the September 23, 2021, monthly membership luncheon, with a number of safety precautions in place, such as:

    • We will require all guests at indoor events to wear masks based on CDC guidance recommending that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear masks indoors in high-risk areas like South Florida. Masks would be allowed to be removed when taking a drink or eating but requested to be replaced once you are finished.
    • We will prioritize larger spaces for indoor venues. Morton’s will default to the main dining room for all lunches; tables will be spaced apart and limited to 4 to 5 persons.
    • We will work to find more venues with covered outdoor spaces for our committee and social events.
    • We will limit the number of guests per table for seated events to ensure safe spacing.
    • We will provide hand sanitizer and extra masks at every event.
    • We will be offering reduced rate virtual opportunities for live events with speakers as well as separate virtual engagement opportunities.

    The safety of our members is our highest priority. However, we know that our members and sponsors have requested in-person networking and educational opportunities. We are attempting to balance the two as we get through the pandemic and as the dynamics of the situation continue to evolve. Please trust that we are closely monitoring the situation on a daily and weekly basis and will notify you if further postponements or event modifications are required.

    Since we were hoping you would be able to meet our new Executive Director, Mary Kinirons, on September 9th at the Membership Reception, Mary will be hosting a virtual “meet & greet” from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM on that day for anyone who wants to drop-in to say a quick hello, introduce themselves, and share any feedback or ideas on how we can make this year a great success as we slowly reemerge from this pandemic. Here is the Zoom information for the event:

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 932 5166 6524

    Passcode: 367727


    If you have any questions about the foregoing or any other SPBCBA-related matters, please feel free to contact me or Mary Kinirons, Executive Director, at (561) 489-5890 or

    Gordon Dieterle, President

    South Palm Beach County Bar Association

  • 08/10/2021 10:58 AM | Mary Kinirons (Administrator)

    Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Vacancy

    Certification of Nominees

    Please see below the nominees to fill the vacancies for a Circuit Court Judge position created by the resignation of Judge Krista Marx, and a vacancy for a County Court Judge position created by the resignation of Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo, pursuant to the Governor’s Letter to Convene dated June 15, 2021. 

    Nominees to fill the vacancy for a Circuit Court Judge position created by the resignation of Judge Krista Marx:

    1. April Bristow

    2. Lauren Godden Burke

    3. Judge Bradley Harper

    4. Judge Melanie Surber

    5. Stephanie Tew

    6. Schnelle Tonge

    Nominees to fill the vacancy for a County Court Judge position created by the resignation of Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo:

    1. April Bristow

    2. Lauren Godden Burke

    3. Stephanie Tew

    4. Schnelle Tonge

    5. Magistrate Maxine A.M. Williams

  • 08/09/2021 1:29 PM | Mary Kinirons (Administrator)

    With the 2021 – 2022 term year, the Board of Directors has voted to make some changes to enhance the success of our membership and organization.

    First and foremost, we have decided to return to in-person events – yay! – though we will be keeping a watchful eye on current trends. At these in-person events, we will be asking all attendees to follow CDC guidelines based on their vaccination status. At this time, this means that we will be requiring all attendees to wear masks at indoor events. Additionally, in order to supplement these events for those who cannot attend in person, we will continue to offer virtual engagement options at a reduced cost when possible.

    As anyone who buys groceries, orders food to be delivered or goes to restaurants can tell you, we are seeing increased food and beverage costs across the board. Consequently, our monthly luncheons will now cost $50 for members and $60 for non-members. For those who may wonder why we simply do not find a new, lower-cost option, know that we shopped several local venues, none of which gave us as fair a price for the quality of food we get at Morton’s. For a limited time only, however, we will be offering members the option to prepay for all seven (7) luncheons at a reduced rate of $45/lunch, or $315. You will see this option (for members only) on the event registration page.

    We have also made some changes to membership fees and will now be offering a reduced rate for attorneys who have been practicing law for 2 to 5 years, and law students may now join FREE of charge! If you fall into one of these categories but have already renewed or have been invoiced at the prior rate, please reach out to Mary Kinirons at, who can assist you with an adjustment.

    Finally, we have added a new membership add-on for our Young Lawyers Section! For an optional section fee of $25, you will get free attendance and receive one free drink at every YLS happy hour event. If you have already registered/renewed for the year, please contact Mary Kinirons at to assist in adding this package.

    For those of you that have already renewed, thank you so much for returning this year! If you haven’t renewed yet, we encourage you to login and renew your membership, so you don’t miss out on all that we have in store. If you prefer, you can call Mary Kinirons at 561-489-5890 to answer any questions and help you renew your membership.

    Our next MEMBERS ONLY event will be our Membership Reception on September 9th at Pavilion Grille in Boca Raton, so renew today!

  • 07/23/2021 9:03 AM | Mary Kinirons (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    Welcome to the 2021-2022 year! We will be rolling out a lot of exciting announcements in the coming weeks that pertain to this year, but I wanted to take this opportunity to first and foremost welcome Mary Kinirons as our new Executive Director.

    Mary comes to us with a significant background in both nonprofits and small business. She has her Masters in Nonprofit Management from University of Central Florida and will soon be completing her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Mary’s experience and education will help grow our membership and improve the high-quality events that are members are accustomed to attending. 

    Mary will be a valuable addition to the association, and we are excited and fortunate to have her as our new Executive Director! Please feel free to send Mary a warm welcome to her new email Mary is looking forward to getting to know all of our members and delivering to each of you the personal and professional service that has become a hallmark of our organization.

    Our wonderful Seema Patel will remain with the SPBCBA in the near term to aid Mary in the transition. We are incredibly grateful to Seema for her dedicated support of the SPBCBA, particularly during the challenges over the last year and beyond. Seema has been a steadfast source of leadership and inspiration, and we will miss her when she moves on to the next chapter of her life, including her 2022 marriage.  

    I hope that each of you are safe and healthy, and I look forward to seeing everyone in person at our September 9th, 2021 Membership Reception, the details of which will follow.

    All the best,

    Gordon Dieterle
    South Palm Beach County Bar Association

  • 07/19/2021 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    The Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (“JNC”) announces that the following persons will be interviewed on Monday, August 9, 2021, to fill the vacancies for a Circuit Court Judge position created by the retirement of Judge Krista Marx, and a vacancy for a County Court Judge position created by the resignation of Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo:   


    9:00 a.m.              JNC Executive Session

    9:10 a.m.              JNC Annual Meeting

    9:30 a.m.              Judge Melanie Surber

    9:40 a.m.              C. Annelies Mouring

    9:50 a.m.              Jonathan Galler

    10:00 a.m.            Ori Silver

    10:10 a.m.            Marsha Bunn

    10:20 a.m.            Alex Braunstein

    10:30 a.m.            Joseph Maryuma

    10:40 a.m.            Judge Bradley Harper

    10:50 a.m.            Break

    11:00 a.m.            Schnelle Tonge

    11:10 a.m.            Allison Oasis Kahn

    11:20 a.m.            Magistrate Peter Bassaline

    11:30 a.m.            Joseph “J.D” Small

    11:40 a.m.            Stephanie Tew

    11:50 a.m.            James Sherman

    12:00 p.m.           Jonathan Giddens

    12:10 p.m.            Break

    1:10 p.m.              Lauren Godden Burke

    1:20 p.m.             April Bristow

    1:30 p.m.             Melanie Casper

    1:40 p.m.             Jean Marie Middleton

    1:50 p.m.             Karen Velez

    2:00 p.m.            Judge Thomas Hedler

    2:10 p.m.             Kevin Walsh

    2:20 p.m.            Mag. Maxine A.M. Williams

    2:30 p.m.            JNC Deliberations



    The above interviews will be conducted in person at the Library Conference Room, Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley Courthouse, 205 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401.


    Each applicant will be allowed a two-minute opening statement. The interviews will be transcribed by Phipps Reporting pro bono.


    JNC proceedings are open to the public, except for deliberations. A list of members of the Fifteenth Circuit JNC is available at


    If you have any questions, please contact Robert Harvey at (561) 303-2918, or by email at

  • 09/15/2020 5:20 PM | Anonymous

    The Florida Bar | Article | September 15, 2020

    Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Jamie Grosshans has been named to the Florida Supreme Court by Gov. Ron DeSantis, replacing the unsuccessful nomination of Fifteenth Circuit Judge Renatha Francis. DeSantis made the announcement and introduced Grosshans at 5 p.m., ending an uncertain day after the Supreme Court ordered the governor on Sept. 11 to select a replacement for Francis by noon on the 14th. The court took that action after agreeing with a challenge from Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Windemere, that Francis was ineligible for the Supreme Court because she had not been a Bar member for 10 years, as required by the Florida Constitution.

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  • 04/07/2020 3:23 PM | Anonymous

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