Judge James M. Colaw

Judge James M. Colaw

Current Assignment Circuit Judge - September 2013 - Present
  Alachua: Criminal Division II (F-K)
  Baker: Circuit Criminal
  Circuit-wide: Extraordinary and Unusual Case Compensation 
    
Judicial Assistant
Wendy Thurow
   
Office Alachua County Criminal Justice Center
  220 South Main Street
  Gainesville, FL 32601
  (352) 548-3784 (phone)
   
  Baker County Courthouse
  339 East Macclenny Avenue
  Macclenny, FL 32063
  (904) 259-0216 (phone)
   
Proposed Orders Instructions for Proposed Orders
    
Education &  2006 - Present: National Board Certified in Criminal Trial
Certifications  2006 - Present: Florida Board Certified in Criminal Trial
  Juris Doctor: University of Florida College of Law
  Masters of Business Administration: University of Florida
  Bachelor: Carnegie Mellon University
    
Committees Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
  Criminal Justice Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges
  Florida Bar Criminal Law Certification Committee
  Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism
  National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), Board of Directors 
  Faculty, Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness & Diversity, Sentencing Bias
  Faculty, Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, Death Penalty
  Adjunct Faculty University of Florida Levin College of Law, Trial Practice
  Faculty, Florida Institute on Interpersonal Violence (FIIV), Domestic Violence Training for Judges  
                                                             Faculty, Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, Phase I Judicial College- Mock Trial

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