Governor appoints FAMU law student

Elizabeth Dorworth, a second year law student at the Florida A&M University’s College of Law, was appointed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to the judicial nominating commission for the 18th Judicial Circuit, for Brevard and Seminole counties.

“The Governor believes Elizabeth Dorworth will be a tremendous asset, due to her ability to come forward to the nominating commission with an outside perspective seeking the most qualified applicants,” said Sterling Ivey, spokesperson for Governor Charlie Crist.

Bryan Catelli, another second year law student at FAMU’s College of Law, is confident in Crist’s choice in Dorworth.

“Elizabeth Dorworth is a very sociable and caring individual who has a reputation for getting the job done, and knows what hard is all about,” Catelli said. “I know she will be a great asset to the Judicial Nominating Commission.”

Dorworth expressed her excitement about the accolade.

“When the appointments office called to tell me that I had been appointed, I was thrilled and humbled,” said Dorworth.

She said she takes her role in recommending the most qualified applicants to the governor very seriously, and feels honored that Crist has chosen her for this position.

Dorworth said the 18th judicial circuit nominating commission is responsible for providing the governor of Florida with a list of possible appointments to the 18th judicial circuit in Seminole and Brevard counties.

The commission is composed of nine people appointed by the governor, in which each member serves a four-year term, five members are lawyers, and Dorworth is one of the remaining three non-lawyer members.

These three non-lawyer members are required to be residents of the jurisdiction the commission serves.

The governor ensures that the membership of each commission reflects the racial, ethnic, gender diversity and geographic distribution of the relevant jurisdiction.

“A law school cannot guarantee that you will succeed in the practice of law,” said Dorworth, “but what it can guarantee is that you’ll be provided with the tools to help guide you in your success.

“The Florida A&M’s college of law’s high quality of instruction and challenging curriculum has done just that.”