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Top Legal Observers Praise Lagoa and Luck, Trump's 11th Circuit Nominees

September 13, 2019 - 3:00pm
Hillarie Bass, John M. Stewart and Dori Foster-Morales
Hillarie Bass, John M. Stewart and Dori Foster-Morales

Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck are still receiving an outpouring of support Friday, one day after President Donald Trump selected them to serve on the powerful federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Here’s what they are saying:

John M. Stewart, president of The Florida Bar

“Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck have served Florida well as lawyers and jurists, and both are highly qualified to provide their knowledge and expertise to the entire country. It is well-known throughout Florida that they have repeatedly demonstrated the ability to apply the law to reach fair and just outcomes. I am excited about their continued public service to our state and now possibly to our country. I want to thank them for their service on behalf of the lawyers of Florida and wish them much continued success in their future judicial service.”
Dori Foster-Morales, president-elect of The Florida Bar

“I have known both justices as local attorneys and now as members of Florida’s highest court for many years and I am absolutely thrilled with this announcement. They were excellent appointments to the Florida Supreme Court and, personally and professionally, I am certain that both are exceptional human beings and highly skilled jurists who will always be a tribute to any court they serve.”
Michelle R. Suskauer, immediate past president of The Florida Bar

“Justices Lagoa and Luck have long been two of the brightest stars in the South Florida legal community and both are eminently qualified choices for the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Lagoa’s impressive and diverse experience at the highest levels of both the public and private sectors inform her deep insight and broad perspective on the legal issues she would face on the Court. Justice Luck is well known for having exceptional temperament, experience, and intellect, and he will undoubtedly will serve the Court with the highest distinction.”

Hillarie Bass, immediate past president of the American Bar Association

”Barbara Lagoa will be a wonderful 11th Circuit Judge. I have worked with Barbara since she was a young lawyer and followed her momentous elevations at every step of her career. At each position she has held, she has represented the professionalism, integrity, legal judgment and personal commitment to excellence that makes the legal profession so proud to have her as our member. Those of use who have had the privilege of working with her over the course of her spectacular career are so proud to have had the opportunity to in some small way have contributed to her success.”

Reach Nancy Smith at or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith

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