Circuit Judge Kelly J. McKibben Biography

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The Honorable Kelly J. McKibben

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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, 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 and March 1994 – April 1994
  • Intern/Volunteer for Investigator, Alachua County Public Defender’s Office in Gainesville, Florida, January 1990 – December 1990

JUDICIAL HISTORY:

  • Circuit Judge, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, September 2013 to present (appointed by Governor Rick Scott). Served in the Family Division, Dependency Division, and Criminal Division
  • Assigned to Adult Drug Court since July 2014
  • Served as Administrative Juvenile Division Judge
  • County Court Judge, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, January 2006 to September 2013 (appointed to the bench in December 2005 by Governor Jeb Bush)
  • Served as Administrative County Court Judge and Acting Administrative County Court Judge

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Member of the Florida Bar since October 1994
  • Member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1994 (inactive status)
  • Former Board member of Brevard Family Partnership/Community Based Care of Brevard
  • Team Leader for Justice Teaching Program for Kennedy Middle School since Fall 2006 and Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Select Committee member supporting the Justice Teaching Program since 2014
  • 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
  • Former Member of the Long Range Planning/Stakeholders Group for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
  • Member of the Brevard County Civilian/Military Council, 45th Space Wing since February 2006
  • Mentor judge for the Teacher Institute at the Florida Supreme Court since 2013
  • Member of the A. Max Brewer Memorial Law Library Board of Trustees since January 2013
  • Member of the award-winning Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court since 1999 and served as Mentoring Director, Program Director, and President. Also serve as the Achieving Excellence chair
  • Co-authored a chapter on adoption law in several editions of the Florida Juvenile Law and Practice Manual
  • Presented and continue to present at various speaking engagements to include groups of students of various ages, women’s clubs, Scout troops and elder groups. Also participate in mock trials/lessons in the law with local students
  • Serve as a Mentor Judge to newly appointed or elected judges
  • 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. Also an associate member of the Young Lawyers Division
  • Member of the Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member of the University of Florida Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2003 to 2012. Served as Treasurer, President-Elect and President
  • 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 appointed member of the Florida Bar Special Committee on Child and Parent Representation
  • Former chair and appointed member of the Children’s Services Council of Brevard County
  • 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
  • Former member of the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard from 1999 to December 2005
  • Former member of the Operations Board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard from 1997 to 1999
  • Former member of the Juvenile Court Rules Committee from July 2002 to June 2008
  • Former member of the Legal Needs of Children Committee from July 2008 to June 2014
  • Former member of the Public Safety Coordinating Council for Brevard County
  • Former member of the Professionalism Committee of the Conference of County Court Judges and of the Education Committee of the Conference of County Court Judges
  • 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. Also presented on Attorney Ad Litem requirements
  • Provided numerous legal trainings at the annual statewide Dependency Court Improvement Summit
  • Presented at various judicial conferences on topics such as Child Hearsay, Dependency Case Law and Legislative Updates, Termination of Parental Rights, Sentencing in DUI cases, and Disqualification and Recusal
  • 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:

  • Recipient of the 2017-2018 Jurist of the Year Award from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Recipient of the William E. Gladstone Award in 2016 for making the greatest contribution to the courts in serving dependent children and their families
  • 2014 Judge of the Year Award recipient, presented by the Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc. for mentor judge and volunteer activities
  • Named as one of three finalists for the Eckerd Youth Foundation Hero of the Year Award in March 2013
  • 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
  • Pre-Professional Service Organization (PSO) “Outstanding Volunteer” Award for 1988-1989

PERSONAL HISTORY:

  • Married to husband Scott Crandall
  • Grew up in Clearwater, Florida and has been a resident of Brevard County since November of 1994
  • Enjoys spending time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, attending Florida Gators games, and also likes working with children