Monday, November 29, 2021

New Federal Magistrate Sworn In, Assigned to St. Johns County Gay Pride Proclamation Case

On November 4, 2021, the new U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida was sworn in, replacing retired Magistrate Judge James Klindt. 

Magistrate Judge Laura Lothman Lambert was on November 16 assigned to the case of Bloomberg v. Blocker, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissionsers Gay Pride Proclamation case. Docket sheet shows County motion to dismiss still pending, three months after response filed by First Amendment plaintiff Sara Bloomberg's counsel, Rook Ringer.

From Jax Daily Record:


Laura Lothman Lambert sworn in as U.S. magistrate judge

She succeeds James Klindt, who retired Oct. 31 after 14 years on the bench.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

U.S. District Judge Harvey Schlesinger swore in Laura Lothman Lambert on Nov. 4 as the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida’s new U.S. magistrate judge.

She is in the Jacksonville Division, where she previously was Schlesinger’s law clerk and an assistant U.S. attorney.

Lambert also clerked for U.S. Circuit Judge Phyllis Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and was a trial attorney in the Constitutional Torts Section of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Most recently, Lambert directed the Juvenile Division of the State Attorney’s Office for the 4th Judicial Circuit.

A formal investiture will be scheduled later.

Lambert succeeds U.S. Magistrate Judge James Klindt, who retired Oct. 31 after 14 years on the federal bench.

Klindt started his service in the federal courthouse in Jacksonville by clerking for the late U.S. District Judge Howell Melton. He then became an assistant U.S. attorney, becoming acting U.S attorney in 2007.

Klindt will continue as a recall U.S. magistrate judge. 

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