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County Court Judge

    Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Brevard County, Florida [For additional information, contact the Clerk of Courts at http://www.brevardclerk.us]

        Elected ~ September, 1998,   Reelected without opposition ~ 2004 and 2010,  Term of Office ~ January, 1999 through December, 2016

            Current Assignment: Division IV, General County Jurisdiction (Civil) ~ Brevard County Courthouse, Melbourne

    Brevard County Administrative Judge, 2002 through 2004 ~ Facilitating the distribution of cases and the administration of the Brevard County Court 

    Brevard Canvassing Board, Chairman ~ Certifying electoral procedures in Brevard County

            

"Outstanding Jurist" ~ Brevard County Bar ~ 2009

Recipient of "Volie Williams - Clarence T. Johnson, Jr., Outstanding Jurist Award" for 2009.  Brevard County Bar Association's award given every two years to a judge for significant contribution to the bar.

  Conference of County Court Judges

            Organization committed to promoting judicial excellence among county judges in Florida [See http://www.flcourts.org for more information.]   

           Vice President, Former Vice President for 5th Judicial District --  Elected July, 2006 to July, 2008

           Representative, Current Representative for 18th Judicial Circuit -- Elected July, 2015, Former Representative elected July, 2001served to July, 2004

           Criminal Law Bench Book Subcommittee, Chairperson ~Editor of a bench book furnished to the Florida County Judges for criminal law by the Conference of County Court Judges

             Education Committee, Former Co-Chairperson ~ Subcommittee responsible for proposing and developing and judicial education seminars for the Conference of County Court Judges

             Community Service Committee, Former Co-Chairperson ~ Subcommittee to promote and enhance community service by county judges

             

 Mentor Judge

                          Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to mentor and assist new judges.    

Mentor Judge of the Year ~ 2003

First recipient of annual award given by the Florida Judicial College recognizing outstanding dedication and performance as a Mentor Judge

             

           Florida Bar Certified ~ Criminal Trial Law,  Certification period ~ August 1, 1997 to July 31, 2012

            Faculty Lecturer

        Presentations to the Conference of County Court Judges on Judicial Ethics, Civil Jury Instructions and    Chairing an Election Canvassing Board. [See http://www.judges.com for more information.] 

         Presentation to the New Judges College on Landlord/Tenant Law, 2002 - 2014 ~ Landlord/Tenant Law  and PowerPoint presentations

        Presentation materials for recent presentation on Handling First Appearance Proceedings

             Opinions and Orders

             Served as Associate Judge of the Fifth District Court of Appeal in June, 2014             by designation of the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court

            Principal author of majority opinion in R.L. Haines Const., LLC v. Santamaria, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District. September 19, 2014 161 So.3d 528 2014 WL 4648522 5D13-1937

            Authored more than 50 Orders published in Florida Law Weekly Supple [For information about Florida Law Weekly Supplement:  www.floridalawweekly.com]  For several sample orders authored by Judge David E. Silverman click on  Orders and Opinions.

    Presentations

Justice Teaching Program, Team Captain organizing annual presentations for Central Middle School, West Melbourne on The Bill of Rights

DUI Adjudication Lab, co-presenter, DUI Discovery and Daubert

Florida Creditor Bar Association, Judges' Pet Peeves

National Business Institute, The Judicial View: What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know

Space Coast Community Law School, presentations on Criminal Law, Landlord~Tenant Law, and The Constitution and the Structure of Our Government

Citizen's Academy, sponsored by West Melbourne Police Department, featured presenter at annual T. Mitchell Barlow Court Night presenting Anatomy of a Criminal Case

College of Advanced Judicial Studies, co-presenter of presentations on Landlord Tenant Law and on Jury Issues

Judicial Assistants Association of Florida, presenter at an annual conference on The Ethics of Judicial Assistants

Military Order of the World Wars, presenter at a Youth Leadership Conference on Freedom in American and Presiding Judge at Mock Trial held at the conference

Melbourne Community Relations Council, guest presenter on Public Housing Evictions and recipient of Award of Appreciation

Trial Court Staff Attorneys - presentation on Landlord ~Tenant Law to statewide organization of staff attorneys who assist trial judges

Florida Paralegal Association, presenter to statewide conference of paralegals on Our Constitution, Judicial Review, and the Amendment Process*  

*America: At the Crossroads by JoAnna O'Keefe and displayed by her gracious permission.

  Organizations

            Civilian ~ Military Community Relations Council  -  Current member

              Brevard County Jail Oversight Committee - Former member of organization addressing issues with Brevard County Jail

             Public Safety Coordinating Council - Former member of organization to recommend measures to the County Commission

            Space Coast Community Law School - Vice Chair, Current Board Member of community-based organization making presentations on legal topics 

             Explorer Elementary and Middle School - Former member of board of directors of charter school

             Brevard County Bar Association - Former member of committee to revise BCBA's web site              

President's Award ~ 2003

                Conference of County Court Judges ~Summer Educational Seminar, 2003

                For significant contribution to judicial education and the revision to the Criminal Law Bench Book

Prior Employment

    Assistant Public Defender ~ March, 1994 to May, 1998 ~ Office of the Public Defender ~ Capital Division ~ Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Brevard County, Florida ~ Defended capital cases for indigent clients  [For additional information about the Office of the Public Defender:

    David E. Silverman, P.A. ~ 1992 to 1994 ~ Melbourne, Florida ~ Sole practitioner in general legal practice

    Krasny, Normile, Dettmer, Thompson and Jones, P.A., and

    Storms, Krasny, Normile and Dettmer, P.A. ~ 1987 to 1992 ~ Associate with law firm ~ emphasis on civil and criminal litigation

    Conflicts Attorney ~ 1988 to 1989 ~ Represented indigent clients in criminal cases pursuant to contract with Brevard County

    Assistant State Attorney ~ 1981 to 1986 ~ Office of the State Attorney ~ Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Brevard County, Florida ~ Felony Division Chief ~ supervising attorneys in felony litigation ~ [For additional information about the Office of the State Attorney: http://sa18.state.fl.us/]

    Frank J. Mackey, Jr., P.A. and Sidney Z. Karasik, P.A. ~ 1979 to 1980 ~ Chicago, Illinois

      Law Clerk and associate in appellate and personal injury practices

Activities

    Children's Home Society and Hacienda Girl's Ranch ~ Former President of Advisory Board to Brevard Chapter

    Vassar B Carlton Inn of Court ~  Master, Barrister and Charter Member of Brevard Chapter of American Inns of Court ~ Current President 

    Brevard Community College ~ Former Legal writing instructor (2 semesters)

     Brevard County High School Mock Trial Competition ~ Former Coordinator, Coach and Trial Judge  

Education

Juris Doctor

    Loyola University School of Law ~ Graduated June, 1979 ~ Chicago, Illinois 

    Student Bar Association, 1st Year Class Representative ~ Honor Council, Member ~ Moot Court Board, Member

Bachelor of Arts

    Emory University ~ Graduated June, 1976 ~ Atlanta, Georgia

      Student Government Association, Senior Representative ~ Emory Wheel, News Editor ~ Political Science Honor Society, President

High School Diploma

    Campion Jesuit High School ~ Graduated June, 1972 ~ Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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