Members of the firm joined with judges and attorneys from across four counties on March 31 to celebrate the appointment of Circuit Court Judge Burton C. Conner to the 4th District Court of Appeals. The reception was held at Stuart’s Courthouse Cultural Center.
Law firm partners Jennifer Williamson and James L.S. Bowdish were among those at the event. Others included judges from the 4th DCA, past and present circuit and county judges, and members of the bar associations that make up the 19th District.
Martin County Magistrate Deborah M. Hooker and attorney Tom Conely of Okeechobee County spoke warmly about their times in private practice with Judge Conner. Judge Conner and 11th Circuit Court Chief Judge Steven J. Levin complimented Okeechobee County and the Okeechobee Bar in their remarks.
This event, held March 31, was co-sponsored by all bar associations in the 19th Circuit. The Martin County Bar coordinated the event under the leadership of its president, Preethi Sekharan,
Conner filled the seat of Judge Gary Farmer, who retired. The 4th DCA hears appeals from courts and state agencies on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Broward counties.
Conner graduated from Duke University and earned a law degree with honors from the University of Florida. After being admitted to the Florida Bar in 1978, he worked as a public defender in Okeechobee for one year and then went into private practice.
Conner was a county judge in Okeechobee from 1984 to 1988 and a circuit court judge starting in 1997. He was the first judge from the 19th Circuit to be appointed to the DCA in more than 20 years and one of a select number from Okeechobee County.