Jon S. Wheeler, Clerk of the Court.
Jon S. Wheeler has served as
Clerk of the Court for Florida's District Court of Appeal, First District, since
December 31, 1990. The First District Court of Appeal is one of the largest
appellate courts in the country both in terms of number of judges and number of
cases filed and disposed annually. The court's geographical jurisdiction is the
largest in the state of Florida and consists of 32 counties including all
counties from Alachua County (Gainesville) north and from Jacksonville to
Pensacola. It also has exclusive statewide jurisdiction to review all workers'
Mr. Wheeler was a
member of the charter class of Florida State University's College of Law and received his Juris Doctorate degree in December 1968. He also received his B.S. degree in business from
Florida State University (1966). He is licensed to practice law in Florida and before the
U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals.
Mr. Wheeler has
been a member of the National Association of Appellate Court Clerks (NCACC) since 1991. He
served on the Executive Committee from 1996 through 1998. He has also served on the
Program and Publicity Committees and chaired the Nominating Committee in 1999. Mr. Wheeler
has been a regular presenter at the NCACC's annual conferences. His presentations have
included "The Use of Video Teleconferencing for Appellate Oral Argument" in
1995, "Handling Pro Se Litigants in the Appellate Courts" in 1996, "Hiring
and Retaining Deputy Clerks" in 1998, and in 1999 "Florida's Court's Performance
and Accountability Study" and Florida's Appellate Courts' Case Management
System." Mr. Wheeler is a contributing editor to The Florida Bar Continuing Legal
Education book, Florida Appellate Practice. He has also participated in national
programs to improve efficiency of appellate court processing including a by-invitation
seminar by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) program in Portland, Maine, in June
1994 to address "Procedural Innovations for Appellate Courts: Criminal Appeals."
Wheeler has been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to participate in numerous
commissions and committees having impact on the Florida Judiciary including the Study
Committee on Confidentiality of Records of the Judicial Branch and the Florida Judicial
Management Council's project on Long Range Planning, the Appellate Court Focus Group in
February 1996 and March 2000.
before being appointed as the third Clerk of the Court for the First District Court of
Appeal, served over 21 years as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force. Before
retiring at the rank of colonel, his positions included serving as Legal Advisor and
Legislative Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (1984-1988) and Staff Judge
Advocate of the Air Force District of Washington (1988-1990).
Wheeler is married to the former Marylynn Kennedy, and they have three adult children.