Circuit Judge Kelly J. McKibben

The Honorable: Kelly J. McKibben

Circuit Judge Kelly J. McKibben

The Honorable:
Kelly J. McKibben


EDUCATION:

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D. May 1994
  • University of Florida, B.S. in Psychology, December 1990

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Chief Legal Counsel/Deputy Chief Legal Counsel for District 7, Florida Department of Children and Families in Orlando and Cocoa, Florida, August 2003 – December 30, 2005
  • Deputy Chief Legal Counsel/Managing Attorney for District 7, July 2002 – August 2003
  • Managing Attorney for District 7, Child Welfare Legal Services, June 1999 – August 2003
  • Senior/Supervising Attorney for Child Welfare Legal Services, October 1996 – June 1999
  • Attorney for Child Welfare Legal Services, April 1995 – September 1996.
  • Law Clerk, Ruth S. Capra, P.C. in Birmingham, Alabama, June 1993, November 1993 March 1994 and April 1994
  • Intern/Volunteer for Investigator, Alachua County Public Defender’s Office in Gainesville, Florida, January 1990 – December 1990

JUDICIAL HISTORY:

  • Circuit Court Judge, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, September 2013 to present (appointed by Governor Rick Scott)
  • County Court Judge, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, 2006 to September 2013 (appointed to the bench in December 2005 by Governor Jeb Bush)
  • Appointed to the bench in December 2005 by Governor Jeb Bush
  • From January 2006 to March 2007, assigned to both civil and criminal cases. In April 2007, assigned to the Criminal Division
  • Administrative County Court Judge as of October 2007
  • Acting Administrative County Court Judge October 2006 to September 2007

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Member of the Florida Bar since October 1994
  • Member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1994 (inactive status)
  • Board member of Community Based Care of Brevard since February 2008
  • Team Leader for Justice Teaching Program for Kennedy Middle School since Fall 2006 and provides countywide support to Brevard’s Justice Teaching Program
  • Former Chair of the Brevard County Canvassing Board
  • Appointed as Bar Bench Liaison (Judicial Liaison Committee) for Brevard County, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit since July 2006
  • Member of the Long* Range Planning/Stakeholders Group for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit since July 2006
  • Member of the Brevard County Civilian/Military Council, 45th Space Wing since February 2006
  • Member of the Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court since 1999 and served as Mentoring Director from 2002 to 2006 and serve as Program Director since 2006
  • Presented and continue to present at various speaking engagements to include groups of students of various ages, women’s clubs, Girl Scout troops and elder groups
  • Member of the Brevard County Bar Association since 1995. Member of the Brevard County Bar Association Board of Directors from August 2005 to December 2005
  • Member of the University of Florida Alumni Association Board of Directors since July 2003. Serve on the Executive Committee and co* chair the * Membership & Marketing/Student Programs Committee. Formerly served on the Nominating Committee and Long* Range Planning Committee
  • President of the Brevard County Gator Club from July 1999 to July 2000 and July 2003 to December 2005 and Vice* President of Academics for the Brevard County Gator Club from July 1996 to December 2005. Volunteer since 1996
  • Former member of the Court Process Workgroup of the Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Commission in Orange County
  • Former member of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Curriculum Workgroup.
  • Member of the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard from 1999 to December 2005
  • Member of the Operations Board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard from 1997 to 1999
  • Member of the Juvenile Court Rules Committee from July 2001 to June 2007
  • Member of the Legal Needs of Children Committee since July 2007
  • Former appointed member of the Task Force on Children’s Justice
  • Participated in the High School Mock Trial Competition as a rating judge in February 2005 and as a presiding judge in 2006 and 2007
  • Former member of the Professionalism Awards Luncheon Committee and have served on the Law Day Committee
  • Provided legal training on various topics such as legislative updates, best practices in the initial response to child abuse investigations and the relation of Chapter 39 to domestic violence cases
  • Have provided numerous legal training’s at the annual statewide Dependency Court Improvement Summit
  • Presented at the annual Judicial Conference on the topic of Dependency Case Law and Legislative Updates in June 2004
  • Participated in contract monitoring for the Broward County Office of the Attorney General Pilot Project and the former Alachua County State Attorney’s Office Pilot Project. This involved developing a monitoring instrument and reviewing many dependency case files from each office
  • Participated in “Club Sib”, a weekend reunion for siblings placed in different foster homes, in October 2000
  • Mentored a student at Fern Creek Elementary School in 2003 and 2004
  • Member of Women in Law and participated in the Dean Parham Williams Freshman Trial Competition, Governor Albert P. Brewer Client Counseling Competition and Street Law Program: Teaching juveniles about the law, while at Cumberland School of Law
  • Participated in a Judicial Externship with Judge Elise D. Barclay (Family Court) and completed International Studies in Canterbury, England while at Cumberland School of Law

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • Received Davis Productivity Awards in 2006 for work with the Department of Children and Families
  • Received 2005 Outstanding Performance Team Award for the District 7 Legal Leadership Team in August 2005
  • Received Davis Productivity Awards in 2005 for the District 7 L.E.G.A.L. Training Team, the District 7 Legal News Monthly Newsletter Team, the * Child Welfare Legal Services Case Law Conference Call Team and the Fostering Student Education Success and Stabilization Team (in conjunction with the Orange County Public Schools)
  • Received 2004 Outstanding Performance Award in July 2004
  • Received Davis Productivity Awards in 2004 for the District 7 Legal Leadership Team and the Child Welfare Legal Services Case Law Conference Call Team
  • Received Davis Productivity Awards in 2003 for the District 7 Legal Management Team and the Legal News Monthly Newsletter Team
  • Received three Davis Productivity Awards in December 2002 for 1) the L.E.A.D.E.R. Initiative and the internet* based trial notebook that was set up for all Department attorneys statewide, for 2) the Administrative Fines for False Reporting of Child Abuse Initiative, and for 3) the District 7 Legal Business Plan
  • Received Davis Productivity Award in December 2001 for the Special Operations Response Team, a team focused on achieving permanency more timely for many foster children in Orange County
  • Received Summit Award for Excellence in Legal Representation at Dependency Court Improvement Summit in August 2001
  • Received VISION Awards from the Department of Children and Families in May 2001
  • Received Summit Award for Best Practice for Outstanding Legal Training at Dependency Court Improvement Summit in August 2000
  • Received the Department of Children and Families District 7 Heart of Gold Award in May 2000
  • Received Distinguished Special Achievement Award from the Department of Children and Families in July 1998
  • Received Outstanding Gator Club Member Award in January 1999 for 1997* 1998
  • Best Paper Award, Municipal Court Practice, Spring 1994
  • PSO “Outstanding Volunteer” Award for 1988* 1989 Year

​OTHER:

– Personal History:

  • Married to husband Scott Crandall
  • She grew up in Clearwater, Florida and has been a resident of Brevard County since November of 1994
  • She enjoys spending time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, attending Florida Gator’s games, and also likes working with children