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Spring Issue 2015

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Judge Robert J. Branning's Investiture

April 2nd is a day Judge Robert J. Branning will always remember. It's the day he was sworn in as a 20th Judicial Circuit Judge, but also the day he lost his father, Bobby J. Branning, two years prior. "My promise to all of you today, just as my parents taught me, is to do my very best," said Judge Branning.

Judge Branning was sworn in front of more than 200 family members, friends, attorneys, members of the judiciary and local dignitaries. During the hour-long ceremony at the Old Lee County Courthouse, guests both laughed and cried from stories told by Branning's brother, Jeremy, and wife, Noelle.

The Oath of Office was administered by recently retired Circuit Judge, Ed Volz, who Judge Branning said he sees as a mentor. Noelle and their two children, Lachlan and Connor assisted with the enrobing.

When it was Judge Branning's turn to speak he credited his feelings of the day to a quote by 2012 Masters Golf Tournament winner, Bubba Watson. Branning said, "Bubba Watson, when he got the green jacket, said. . . "I never got this far in my dreams. " He also credited his grandma for the perseverance to follow his dream as well everything that his parents taught him. "My mother and father are the foundation for who I am today," said Judge Branning. "I promise you that I will always be faithful. "

Following the Investiture, guests were invited to a reception on the second floor of the Lee County Justice Center for light appetizers, desserts and beverages.

Judge Branning was appointed to the bench by Governor Rick Scott in November 2014. Branning presides over Charlotte County's Domestic Relations, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Dependency, and Delinquency Judgments dockets.

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Please Congratulate. . .

Ms. Michelle Meyer and Ms. Jennifer Fuller who have obtained the Certified Pretrial Services Professional Certification through the National Association of Pretrial Services Committees on Education and Training. Ms. Meyer and Ms. Fuller qualified in experience and education and passed an examination on both general legal issues and issues specific to pretrial investigation and release. This demonstrated a basic understanding of the pretrial movement and the history upon which it is based. The Certification Program is designed to advance the overall knowledge level of practitioners in the pretrial field, and help ensure that they are aware of the most current information and best practices. Further, it promotes the capabilities of pretrial professionals - both within the program and to the public in general - by demonstrating their adherence to the NAPSA Code of Ethics, and enhancing their public image thereby aiding in the recruitment and formation of new and talented staff.

Mr. Scott Leland as he was afforded the opportunity to attend Orientation for Pretrial Executives in Denver, Colorado. This training was coordinated and sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections for pretrial professionals across the United States. This training focused on how to sustain public support for pretrial programs in opposition to bail programs or other services and how to enhance the effectiveness in maintaining and capitalizing existing services. The training highlighted National Association of Pretrial Service Agencies Standards, ABA Standards, legal foundations and current state law.

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