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First District Court of Appeal
2000 Drayton Drive.
Tallahassee, Florida

(850) 487-1000 main

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Judge James R. Wolf

BIRTH DATE: June 15, 1950


SPOUSE: JoLen Rawls Wolf

CHILDREN: Emleigh Wolf


DEGREES: LL.M., University of Virginia 2001; J.D., University of Miami 1975; A.B. (political science), Rutgers University, 1972


LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, First District Court of Appeal, 1990-present, chief judge, 2003-05; member and two-time chair Judicial Qualifications Commission, 1999-2011; chair, District Court of Appeal Budget Commission, 2003-05; member and former president, District Court Conference; member District Court Conference Judicial Evaluation and Legislative committees; general counsel, Florida League of Cities, 1983-91; private practice, Caldwell, Pacetti, Barrow & Salisbury, 1980-83; Code Enforcement Board attorney, City of West Palm Beach and City of Boynton Beach, 1980-83; city attorney, Jupiter Inlet Colony, 1981-83; assistant city attorney, City of West Palm Beach, 1978-80; assistant state attorney, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, 1975-78.


BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Charter member and first president, First District Appellate American Inn of Court; senior member and past president, William Stafford Tallahassee American Inn of Court; member, Civil Procedures Rules Committee, 1994-98; Local Government Law Certification Committee, 1995-97; Committee on Rules of Evidence, 1991; chair, Local Government Section of The Florida Bar, 1990; executive counsel, Local Government Section, 1985-91; executive secretary, Florida Municipal Attorneys’ Association, 1983-91.


TEACHING POSITIONS: Adjunct professor in Florida Constitutional Law and Local Government Law, Florida State University College of Law, 2000-2011and 2015-present; lecturer, Legal Environment Online, Florida State University, College of Business, 2014-2015; guest lecturer, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia, 2014; guest lecturer, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2013; adjunct professor in Local Government at Graduate School of Public Administration, Florida State University, 1998.


OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Board of Directors, Tallahassee Jewish Federation, 2008-2013; participant in literacy and Justice Teaching programs for elementary school children, 1997-2011; vice chair, Governor’s Conference on Local Government in the 1990s; president, neighborhood association, 1990-91; Local Government Symposium, Stetson Law Review, 1987-90; Kiwanis, 1980-83.


HONORS & AWARDS: Ralph A. Marsicano Award to the Outstanding Local Government Attorney presented by Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar, 1990; Municipal Attorney of the Year presented by Florida Municipal Attorneys’ Association, 1988; American Jurisprudence Award for Excellent Achievement in the Study of Civil Procedure; dean’s list four semesters, University of Miami School of Law.


PUBLICATIONS: The Florida Bar Journal, Fla. B.J., Sept./Oct. 2011, at 39, “Taking a Swing at Appellate Brief Writing”; The Florida Bar Journal, Fla. B.J., June 2009, at 92, “The Effectiveness of Home Rule: A Preemption and Conflict Analysis”; Stetson Law Review, Winter 2008, 37 Stetson Law Review 435, “Municipalities and the Florida Constitution”; Nova Law Review, Spring 2006, 30 Nova Law Review 349, “Judicial Discipline in Florida:  The Cost of Misconduct”; University of Miami Law Review, Spring 2002, 56 U. of Miami Law Review 507, “Inherent Rulemaking of an Independent Judiciary”; Stetson Law Review, Winter 1999, 28 Stetson Law Review 623, “Local Government Responsibility for Misconduct of Third Persons, The Pendulum Continues to Swing”; Local Government Lawyers’ Deskbook, 1998; author, “Privileges and Confidential Information,” in Lawyers’ Cooperative, American Inn of Court Civil Procedures Series (1996).


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