Rick Scott Appoints 3 to Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday announced three appointments -- Daniel E. Nordby, Nilda R. Pedrosa, and Israel U. Reyes -- to the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. In the announcement, he described the credentials of each:

Daniel E. Nordby, of Tallahassee, is currently the general counsel for the Florida House of Representatives. Previously, he was the general counsel for the Florida Department of State from 2011 to 2012. He was an attorney at Ausley McMullen from 2007 to 2011, and assistant general counsel for the Florida Department of Education from 2006 to 2007. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. Nordby succeeds Kathleen Shanahan and is appointed for a term beginning Dec. 21, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Nilda R. Pedrosa, of Coral Gables, was assistant dean for development and external affairs at the Florida International University College of Law from 2010 to 2012. From 2009 to 2010, Pedrosa served as chief of staff for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. From 2005 to 2009, she served as senior policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. From 2002 to 2004, Pedrosa served as the director for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of State. And from 2001 to 2002, she served as the director of public policy and governmental relations for the Miami Children’s Hospital. Pedrosa received her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and her law degree from New England Law. She succeeds Martin Garcia and is appointed for a term beginning Dec. 21, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Israel U. Reyes, of Miami, has been a partner at Diaz, Reus & Targ LLP since 2011. Reyes previously served as a Dade County judge from 2002 to 2003 and as a judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit from 2003 to 2011. From 1998 to 2002, he was an assistant state attorney for the Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit. From 1980 to 1995, Reyes served as a police officer and detective for the Miami-Dade Police Department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Reyes succeeds Kathy W. Ezell and is appointed for a term beginning Dec. 21, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016. He is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

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