BIRTH DATE: June 15, 1950
BIRTH PLACE: Newark, N.J.
SPOUSE: JoLen Rawls Wolf
DEGREES: LL.M., University of Virginia 2001; J.D., University of Miami
1975; A.B. (political science), Rutgers University, 1972
LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, First District Court of Appeal,
1990-present, chief judge, 2003-05; member and two-time chair Judicial
Qualifications Commission, 1999-2011; chair, District Court of Appeal Budget
Commission, 2003-05; member and former president, District Court Conference;
member District Court Conference Judicial Evaluation and Legislative committees;
general counsel, Florida League of Cities, 1983-91; private practice, Caldwell,
Pacetti, Barrow & Salisbury, 1980-83; Code Enforcement Board attorney, City of
West Palm Beach and City of Boynton Beach, 1980-83; city attorney, Jupiter Inlet
Colony, 1981-83; assistant city attorney, City of West Palm Beach, 1978-80;
assistant state attorney, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, 1975-78.
BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Charter member and first president, First
District Appellate American Inn of Court; senior member and past president,
William Stafford Tallahassee American Inn of Court; member, Civil Procedures
Rules Committee, 1994-98; Local Government Law Certification Committee, 1995-97;
Committee on Rules of Evidence, 1991; chair, Local Government Section of The
Florida Bar, 1990; executive counsel, Local Government Section, 1985-91;
executive secretary, Florida Municipal Attorneys’ Association, 1983-91.
TEACHING POSITIONS: Guest lecturer, University of National and World
Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria; adjunct professor in Florida Constitutional Law and
Local Government Law, Florida State University Law School, 2000-2011; adjunct
professor in Local Government at Graduate School of Public Administration,
Florida State University, 1998.
OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Board of Directors, Tallahassee Jewish
Federation, 2008-2013; participant in literacy and Justice Teaching programs for
elementary school children, 1997-2011; vice chair, Governor’s Conference on
Local Government in the 1990s; president, neighborhood association, 1990-91;
Local Government Symposium, Stetson Law Review, 1987-90; Kiwanis, 1980-83.
HONORS & AWARDS: Ralph A. Marsicano Award to the Outstanding Local
Government Attorney presented by Local Government Law Section of The Florida
Bar, 1990; Municipal Attorney of the Year presented by Florida Municipal
Attorneys’ Association, 1988; American Jurisprudence Award for Excellent
Achievement in the Study of Civil Procedure; dean’s list four semesters,
University of Miami School of Law.
PUBLICATIONS: The Florida Bar Journal, Fla. B.J., Sept./Oct. 2011, at 39,
“Taking a Swing at Appellate Brief Writing”; The Florida Bar Journal, Fla. B.J.,
June 2009, at 92, “The Effectiveness of Home Rule: A Preemption and Conflict
Analysis”; Stetson Law Review, Winter 2008, 37 Stetson Law Review 435,
“Municipalities and the Florida Constitution”; Nova Law Review, Spring 2006, 30
Nova Law Review 349, “Judicial Discipline in Florida: The Cost of Misconduct”;
University of Miami Law Review, Spring 2002, 56 U. of Miami Law Review 507,
“Inherent Rulemaking of an Independent Judiciary”; Stetson Law Review, Winter
1999, 28 Stetson Law Review 623, “Local Government Responsibility for Misconduct
of Third Persons, The Pendulum Continues to Swing”; Local Government Lawyers’
Deskbook, 1998; author, “Privileges and Confidential Information,” in Lawyers’
Cooperative, American Inn of Court Civil Procedures Series (1996).