Duval County Judges: Biographies

 

Roberto A. Arias
County Judge Arias has served on the bench since 1995. Judge Arias received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida International University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Ohio State University. He has served as an Assistant Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and has been in private practice, where his practice covered criminal and civil cases. He has diverse interests in his community which includes the Hispanic American Business Association, Mentor- Justina Rd. Elementary, Hubbard House, and Lutheran Social Services.

Charles W. Arnold, Jr.
Circuit Judge Arnold has been on the bench since 1997. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Division in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Judge Arnold received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Florida. He served as General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville, FL; as an Assistant State Attorney; and over 30 years in private practice. He served in the Chester Bedell Inn of Court and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Tyrie William Boyer
Elected in the fall of 2000, Tyrie W. Boyer became a County Judge, Duval County, on January 2, 2001. Prior to taking the responsibilities of the judiciary, he was one of this state's first Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers who was certified in 1983, and recertified in 1988, 1993 and 1998. He was also certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and was listed in Law and Leading Attorneys as well as Leading American Attorneys. As an attorney, Judge Boyer had an 'AV' rating in Martindale Hubbell and vast civil and criminal experience as a trial lawyer. He is the past chairman of two major Florida Bar committees – the Florida Bar Committee on Professional Ethics and the Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee. Additionally, he is listed in multiple 'Who's Who' publications and continues as an adjunct professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law. Judge Boyer received his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate Degrees from the University of Florida (where he also served as Student Body President) and began practicing law in 1976.

Hugh A. Carithers
Judge Carithers is a native of Jacksonville, and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in 1969. After serving on active duty with the U. S. Navy, including Viet Nam service, he received his law degree from the University of Florida in 1974.

Judge Carithers practiced law in Jacksonville for 18-1/2 years before assuming the bench in January, 1993. He has since served in all divisions of the Circuit Court , and as Administrative Judge of the Family Law Division. He has also sat as an associate judge on the First District Court of Appeals.

Judge Carithers further served on the executive Committee of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges, and as Chair of its Civil Section. He is a member of the Florida Court Education Council and the faculty of the College of Advanced Judicial Studies. He also serves on the Florida Family Law Rules Committee, and the Sexual Assault Advisory Council.

Charles G. Cofer
Judge Cofer was born in Radford, Virginia, and received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Zoology from Duke University in 1974. He obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1977.

Judge Cofer began his practice of law as an associate with the firm of Mahoney Hadlow & Adams in 1977. He left that firm to become an Assistant Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit under the leadership of Louis O. Frost in 1980. During his 18 years as an Assistant Public Defender, Judge Cofer handled cases ranging from misdemeanors to first degree murders in which the death penalty was sought. At the time of his appointment to the Bench, Judge Cofer was the supervising attorney for the County Court Division of the Public Defender.

Karen K. Cole
Judge Cole graduated from Jacksonville University in 1978 and from the University of Florida College of Law in 1981. She is a past president of the Jacksonville Bar Association. While she was in the private practice of law, Martindale-Hubbell, the recognized lawyer rating service, accorded her its highest rating (AV) rating for her competence and ethics. Judge Cole has served as president of the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, a Jacksonville chapter of a national organization designed to improve the professionalism, ethics, and competence of trial lawyers.

Judge Cole was appointed to the circuit bench in 1994, and since then has presided over civil, criminal, family, and juvenile divisions.

By appointment of the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Judge Cole has served as chair of the statewide Family Court Steering Committee and as the mentor judge coordinator for new judges in this circuit. She is a faculty member of the statewide College of Advanced Judicial Studies. In 2000, she organized the Jacksonville Justice Teaching Institute to assist local teachers in gaining familiarity with the legal system. In 2001, The Florida Times-Union newspaper awarded her its prestigious EVE Award in the employment category for her many initiatives. Most recently, Judge Cole established a court-based 'surrogate parent' program under federal law to assist abused and neglected children who have learning disabilities.

Mallory D. Cooper
In January 2006, Governor Bush appointed Judge Mallory Cooper to the Circuit Court bench. Judge Cooper had been a County Court Judge in Duval County, Fourth Judicial Circuit, since 1996. As a County Court Judge, she had presided over criminal, civil, small claims and traffic court cases. In addition, she completed a two year special assignment to the Circuit Court Dependency Division and Juvenile Drug Court. She is currently presiding over a Criminal Division.

Judge Cooper serves on the Courthouse Planning Committee and the Jacksonville Bar Association Children's Needs Committee. She is a member of the Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau, the Jacksonville Bar Association, The American Bar Association, the American Judges Association, The Conference of County Court Judges and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.

Judge Cooper served as an Assistant State Attorney after her graduation from the Florida State University College of Law in 1986 until she was elected to her current position. For a number of years she served as the Juvenile Division Chief at the State Attorney's Office, and worked for two years in the Special Assault Unit. While there she won the Mayor's Victim Assistance Advisory Council's Victims Rights Award. She is presently working with the Kessler Mentoring Foundation to set up a Court-School mentoring partnership with the La Villa Middle School in downtown Jacksonville.

Angela M. Cox
Judge Cox was appointed to the County Court Bench in 2005 by Governor Jeb Bush.

Prior to her appointment, she served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. During her tenure in the State Attorney’s Office, she was a part of the Homicide Team, Special Assault Division, and the Repeat Offender Court. She completed her Prosecutorial career as a Division Chief in County Court.

Judge Cox serves on the faculty of the Florida Judicial College and has served on the faculties of the Prosecutor/Public Defender Training Program at the University of Florida College of Law, of the Advanced Judicial Studies Program and of the Conference of County Court Judges.

Judge Cox attended Tennessee State University where she received her B.S. in Criminal Justice in 1995. She received her J.D. Degree from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1998. She is a member of the Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Bar, and the D. W. Perkins Bar Associations.

Judge Cox serves her community by being a mentor, as a volunteer in Children’s Ministry at her local church, as a volunteer for the Justice Teaching Initiative in Duval Public Schools and as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

She is married to Travis Cox and has two beautiful daughters, Brittany and Morgan.

Pauline Drake
Judge Pauline Drake was appointed to the county bench in 1998, by the late Governor Lawton Chiles to fill the unexpired term of Judge June Blackburn. Judge Drake is a county judge who hears cases involving civil, criminal, small claims and traffic court cases involving injuries. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Tuskegee University in 1974, a masters degree in Special Education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1976 and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Florida in 1984. Previous experience includes Assistant State Attorney, Regional Legal Advisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and private practice. She was also a certified Federal, Circuit, Family and County Mediator and currently serves on the Mediation Qualifications Board.

She was appointed by Chief Justice Harding to the Statewide Task Force on Pro-Se Litigation. The Task Force sought to find viable solutions for litigants who represent themselves. She is currently involved with the Conference for County Court Judges with the Education Committee and Small Claims Committee. She is actively involved in the community assisting schools with peer mediation programs.

Gary P. Flower
Judge Flower was appointed to the Bench by Governor Jeb Bush in January of 2000. Prior to his appointment, Judge Flower was appointed by the Chief Judge as a Magistrate/Child Support Hearing Officer. Judge Flower's legal career began when he was hired by then State Attorney Ed Austin as an Assistant State Attorney in 1987. During his tenure at the State Attorney's Office, Judge Flower was assigned to the Special Prosecution Division, the Repeat Offender Court, and completed his service as a Division Chief in Civil Forfeiture. Prior to his appointment as a magistrate, Judge Flower was a partner in a medium sized firm where he practiced both civil and criminal law. While in private practice, Judge Flower received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Judge Flower is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, where he has served as Program Director Chair and as a member of both the Adult and Youth Selection Committees. Judge Flower is also a Graduate of Leadership Florida, where he has served as a Member and is the County Chair of the State-Wide Selection Committee.

Judge Flower is the past Chair of Education for the Conference of County Court Judges, Co-Department Head for the Advanced Colleges of Judicial Studies, and serves on the Video Faculty of the Florida Judicial College. Judge Flower serves his community in part by memberships on the Jacksonville Historical Society Board, the Police Athletic League Board, the Rotary Club of Jacksonville, as Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 277, and as a regular speaker at numerous schools, civil organizations and clubs.

Ronald P. Higbee
Judge Higbee received a Bachelor's of Science in Criminology cum laude in 1975 from Florida State University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Florida with honors in 1978. He was a member of the United States Navy serving in the Judge Advocate General's Corps both on active duty and in the Reserves attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander before separation from the Reserves. He was an Assistant State Attorney in Jacksonville from 1984 until 1986 and served in the private sector from 1986 until 1988. He was an Assistant Public Defender from 1988 until 2002 where he served in the felony, special defense and homicide divisions. In addition, he was a supervisor for three years of all the county court attorneys for the Public Defender's Office. He was appointed by Governor Bush to fill a new county court division and became a judge on January 2, 2002. In June of 2002 he was appointed to the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee for the Florida Bar.

Linda F. McCallum
In 2001, Governor Bush appointed Judge McCallum to the Circuit Court bench. Judge McCallum had been a County Court Judge since being appointed by Governor Chiles in 1994. Judge McCallum has served as Administrative Judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in County Court and as the circuit representative to the Conference of County Court Judges. Judge McCallum is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and has served on the JBA''s Long Range Planning Committee, the Judicial Relations Committee and the Committee on Special Needs of Children. She is also a volunteer mentor for Lutheran Social Services. She is a member of the Florida Bar and has also served as vice-chairman of the Criminal Rules Committee of the Florida Bar . She is admitted to practice in the United States Middle District Court of Florida, and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She has served on the Education Committee and Criminal Rules Committee of the Conference of County Court Judges.

Judge McCallum was appointed by Governor Chiles to the Local Advocacy Council in 1991, to the Statewide Advocacy Council in 1998 and was reappointed to the Governor''s Statewide Advocacy Committee by Governor Bush in 2001. She has served on the Mayor's Victim's Assistance Advisory Council, as the Chair of the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, and on the Executive Board of Leadership Jacksonville. She is a graduate of Leadership Florida class of 2000.

Donald R. Moran, Jr.
Donald R. Moran, Jr. is currently serving as the Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. He was appointed to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court in 1983, having served as a Duval County Court Judge from 1977 to 1983 and as an Assistant State Attorney from 1973 to 1977. Chief Judge Moran has served as an adult drug court judge since the inception of the Adult Drug Court in October of 1994. He founded the Juvenile Drug Court and was its presiding judge from February of 1997 until January of 1999. He chairs the Florida Drug Courts Steering Committee, is on the Board of Directors and served as President for the National Metropolitan Courts, and as of July 1, 2000, became the President of the Conference of Circuit Judges for the State of Florida.

Judge Moran is married and has four (4) children. He has a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Florida Law School and a Bachelors degree from the University of Kentucky.

Brent D. Shore
Judge Shore graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville and received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1969. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Florida, College of Law, in 1971.

After graduating from law school, Judge Shore accepted a position as an attorney with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. After one year, he left that position to accept a position as an Assistant State Attorney in the Fourth Judicial Circuit under State Attorney Ed Austin. Judge Shore served as an Assistant State Attorney for five years, the last four of which he served as a Felony Division Chief prosecuting serious felony cases. In 1978, Judge Shore left the State Attorney's Office to enter private practice, where he remained for eighteen years. In his private practice, Judge Shore represented clients in criminal, civil and family law cases. Judge Shore began his service as a County Court Judge in January, 1997.

Judge Shore is currently serving as the Administrative Judge for the County Court.

Frederick B. Tygart
Judge Tygart was appointed to the bench in 1987 and is currently the Administrative Judge for the Civil Division where he hears civil cases for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida. Judge Tygart has been involved in his community over two decades in various capacities, including serving with distinction in the Florida House of Representatives (1978-1982) and the Florida Commission on Ethics.

Waddell A. Wallace, III
Judge Wallace was appointed to the Circuit Court by Governor Jeb Bush in December 1999. He is a native of Jacksonville and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. He obtained a B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Virginia in 1975 and a J.D. with High Honors from the University of Florida School of Law in 1978. While in law school, he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

Judge Wallace practiced law with the firm now known as Smith Hulsey & Busey for over 21 years, concentrating in the area of commercial and business litigation. He is a past President of the Jacksonville Bar Association and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.

As Circuit Judge, Judge Wallace has previously served in a criminal felony division, family law division, and a juvenile division hearing both delinquency and dependency cases. He currently presides over civil cases. He is an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law and regularly teaches a class on Florida Constitutional Law. Judge Wallace recognized as Judge of the Year for 2006 by the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In April 2006 the Victims Advisory Council of the City of Jacksonville presented Judge Wallace with the Frank Carrington Champion for Victims Award. He was named the Judicial Advocate of the Year in 2005 by the Guardian ad Litem Program for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Judge Wallace also received the Pro Bono Service Award by the Supreme Court of Florida for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in May 1986. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges. He is a Master and past President of the Florida Family Law Inn of Court, President of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, and has served as a board member of the Florida Crime Laboratory Council and the Sexual Assault Advisory Council for the City of Jacksonville. He has served as a deacon, elder and trustee, and Clerk of the Session at Riverside Presbyterian Church and is chair of the Judicial Business Committee of the Presbytery of St. Augustine. Judge Wallace has been active as president, board member and coach in youth baseball and basketball leagues and is a member of the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville.

Michael R. Weatherby
Judge Weatherby has been on the Circuit Bench of the 4th Circuit since election in January, 1989. He is currently the Administrative Judge for the Criminal Division and has served previously in the Civil and Family Divisions. Prior to taking office, Judge Weatherby served 12 years as an Assistant State Attorney and 5 years in private practice.

Judge Weatherby received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate Degrees from the University of Florida. A retired Lieutenant Colonel, Military Police, of the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Weatherby is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Judge Weatherby is a faculty member of the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies and the Florida Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program. He has also been an instructor for the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges. He is an Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida.

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