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Rick Scott Names Five to Judicial Nominating Commissions

Gov. Rick Scott made two appointments to the 9th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and three to the 6th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Kimberly J. Doud and Isaac J. Lidsky were added to the 9th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, while Justin R. Zinzow was reappointed to the 6th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, with Judith DeBella-Thomas and Hugh C. Umsted getting first-time appointments to the same commission.

Doud, 34, of Orlando, has been an attorney at Broad and Cassel since 2001, where she is a member of the firms Labor and Employment, Commercial Litigation, and Construction Law and Litigation practice groups. She is currently a member of the Society of Human Resource Management. Doud earned her bachelors degree from the University of Florida and law degree from Stetson University College of Law. She succeeds Robert Sirianni and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 15, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015.

Lidsky, 32, of Windermere, is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars. He currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of ODC Construction LLC. From 2009 to 2011, Lidsky was an associate at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld. From 2005 to 2008, Lidsky was an attorney at the Civil Appellate Section of the United States Department of Justice. Lidsky also spent several years as a law clerk in the federal court system. From 2008 to 2009, Lidsky served as law clerk at the United States Supreme Court, first for Justice Sandra Day OConnor, and then for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. In 2009, Lidsky was awarded a Temple Bar Scholarship by the American Inns of Court. He received his bachelors and law degrees from Harvard University. Lidsky succeeds Lewis Oliver and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 15, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015.

Zinzow, 33, of Tarpon Springs, has been the founder and president of Zinzow Law LLC since 2009. He was previously an attorney at Zinzow Martin PA from 2007 to 2008 and an attorney at Ruden McClosky from 2001 to 2007. Zinzow serves as chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 6th Circuit. He earned his bachelors degree from the State University of New York at Albany and his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law. He is reappointed for a term beginning Sept. 14, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015.

DeBella-Thomas, 59, of New Port Richey, is the marketing and recruitment liaison for the Advanced Research Institute and has served on the city council for New Port Richey since 2008. Previously, she served as executive director for Greater New Port Richey Main Street from 2000 to 2011. DeBella-Thomas is also currently a council member of the Pasco Tourist Development Council and has held the position since 2008. She is a member of the board of directors of the Heart Gallery of Pasco and Pinellas, chairs the Pasco Advisory Committee and helped found the New Port Richey Business Owners Association. DeBella-Thomas received her associate degree from Kingsborough Community College. She succeeds William Hyland Jr. and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 14, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015.

Umsted, 56, of New Port Richey, has been the president and owner of Hugh C. Umsted PA since 1998, serving as a civil traffic infraction hearing officer for the 6th Judicial Circuit. Umsted was a member of the United States Navy Reserve from 1977 to 1984 and served as president of the West Pasco Bar Association from 2001 to 2002. He is also a member of the Hernando County Bar Association and the Clearwater Bar Association. He received his bachelors degree from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. He succeeds Robert Decker and is appointed for a term beginning Sept. 14, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015. He is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

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