Gov. Ron DeSantis made nine judicial appointments in April, including:
Jordan Pratt of Jacksonville to serve as a judge on the Fifth DCA
Pratt has served as senior counsel for First Liberty Institute since 2021. Previously, he served as deputy general counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration, senior counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, and deputy solicitor general for the Florida Office of the Solicitor General. Pratt clerked for Judge Jennifer Elrod at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Harvey Schlesinger at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree, graduating as valedictorian, and law degree from the University of Florida. Pratt fills the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Kerry Evander.