Judge T. Kent Wetherell, II

Judge Wetherell

Born August 26, 1970 in Daytona Beach, Florida

Married, two children

Degrees:

J.D. (High Honors), Florida State University, 1995

B.S. in Accounting (Magna Cum Laude), Florida State University, 1992

Legal Offices & Positions:

  • Judge, First District Court of Appeal, 2009-present
  • Administrative Law Judge, Division of Administrative Hearings, 2002-09
  • Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, 1999-2002
  • Private practice, Hopping, Green, Sams & Smith, Tallahassee, 1995-99

Judicial & Bar Activities:

  • Florida Bar
    • Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, 2016-present
    • Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2010-16
      • Chair, 2015-16
      • Vice-chair, 2014-15
      • Criminal Law Subcommittee Chair, 2013-14
      • Criminal Law Subcommittee Vice-chair, 2012-13
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Section, 1995-99
      • Legislative Committee Chair, 1998-99
    • Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee, 1996-99
    • Administrative Practice Manual Steering Committee, 2008-09
    • Administrative Law Section
      • Executive Council, 2006-10
    • Appellate Practice Section
  • Judicial Branch
    • Appellate Court Technology Committee, 2010-present
    • eFACTS Change Advisory Board, 2014-present
    • Appellate Court Website Redesign Workgroup, 2015-present
    • Judicial Branch Legal Research Workgroup, 2012
    • Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, 2009-present
  • Other
    • First District Court of Appeal Appellate Inn of Court
    • The Federalist Society
    • Tallahassee Bar Association
    • National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary Board of Directors, 2013-15

Articles & Publications:

  • Florida Law Because of and According to Mickey: The “Top 5" Florida Cases and Statutes Involving Walt Disney World, Florida Coastal Law Journal, 2002
  • Small Scale Plan Amendments:  Legislative or Quasi-judicial in Nature?, Florida Bar Journal, April 1999
  • The New Burdens of Proof in Ad Valorem Tax Valuation Cases, FSU Law Review, 1998
  • Rulemaking Reforms and Restrictions on Agencies’ Use of Non-Rule Policy in the New APA:  A “Catch 22” for State Agencies?, Florida Bar Journal, March 1997 (co-author)
  • The Practitioner’s “Road Maps” to the Revised APA, Florida Bar Journal, March 1997  (co-author)
  • The Legislature Tweaks McDonald Again:  The New Restrictions in Florida’s Administrative Procedure Act on the Use of “Unadopted Rules” and “Incipient Policies” by State Agencies, University of Florida Law Review, 1996 (co-author)
  • Private Property Rights Legislation:  The “Midnight Version” and Beyond, FSU Law Review, 1994
  • Periodic articles in the Administrative Law Section Newsletter and the Environmental & Land Use Law Section Reporter, 1997-2007

Chambers Staff:

  • Dawn Mackland, Career Attorney
  • Brooke McCormick, Law Clerk
  • Penny Kuhl, Judicial Assistant