Two weeks ago, Broward Beat published and article about retiring Circuit Judge Rothstein’s son Michael entering the race to fill his dad’s seat.

Since then, Julie Harris has entered the race.  Since Buddy Nevins chose to publish Rothstein’s resume, I will continue by publishing both resumes for comparison:

Here’s Julie Harris’ resume, and to be fair, I will re-publish Michael Rothstein’s below.

Both are candidates for Circuit Court Judge, Seat 19

The article is not intended to be an endorsement of either candidate, but an opportunity for both candidates to have their resumes presented for readers to view.

A word of disclosure: I’ve known Julie Shapiro Harris for more years than I care to count.


Julie C. Shapiro Harris  


St. Thomas University School of Law

Juris Doctor Degree–1995

Internship: Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc.—Family Law Unit.

 Florida State University College of Social Work

Master of Social Work–1985

 Emory University–1982

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Music


The Florida Bar  1995

United States District Court, Southern District of Florida 1998


Broward County Clerk of Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL                                                                        2004-Present

Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Department

Review Petitions for Injunctions for Protection against Domestic, Repeat, Dating and Sexual Violence and prepare proposed Orders on Petitions.  Review and update case law and staff attorney procedure manuals; review and update form packages sold by the Clerk of Court to pro se litigants. Involved in community outreach.

 Law Office of Julie C. Shapiro, Fort Lauderdale, FL                                                                           2000-2004


Represented clients in family law matters as well as general civil issues; prepared pleadings; performed discovery and research

 Law Office of F. Scott Fistel, Ft. Lauderdale, FL                                                                                  1998-2000


Represented clients in family law matters as well as general civil issues. Also performed discovery and research and writing duties for pleadings and memoranda of law in Federal Americans with Disability Act, civil rights and employment issues.

 Your Research Associate, Plantation                                                                                                      1997-1998


Performed research and writing tasks as a service for other attorneys, preparing memoranda of law on various issues.

 Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida                                         1996

Attorney, Domestic Violence Unit

Represented Petitioners in hearings on Petitions for Injunctions for Protection against Domestic Violence; prepared pleadings related to domestic violence cases. Also provided community outreach at Women in Distress.


Jewish Family and Community Services, Jacksonville, FL                                                              1986-1988

Social Worker

Provided counseling services for individuals and families. Provided community outreach for various populations.

 ACT Corporation, Daytona Beach, FL                                                                                                       1985-1986

Psychiatric Evaluator

Performed emergency psychiatric assessments of individuals for admissions to

crisis stabilization facility.

Community Service

Member – Kiwanis of Tamarac

Broward Victim’s Rights Coalition

Recent appointment to Advisory Committee for Healthy Families of Broward


Michael Ian Rothschild


Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Juris Doctor, May 2000.


Moot Court Society Member, 1998. Worker’s Compensation Team, 1998.

Best Brief, Moot Court Society, 1998.


Honor Court, 1999-2000. Assistant Defender. Represented students accused of

violations of the honor code.

Law School Advisor, 1998-1999. Founding member. Assisting first-year law students in acclimating to law school.

American Bar Association/ Law School Division, 1997-1999. Attended national conference, 1998. President, 1998-1999. First-year representative, 1997-1998.

Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1997-1999. Participated in; Negotiations Competition, 1997, Client Counseling, 1998.

University Of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Bachelor of Arts– College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, May 1997.

Major: English.


Tau Epsilon Phi, Alumni Award 1996.

Police Service Award, 1996.


Student Government Productions, 1995-1996. Contract Negotiator.

Florida Blue Key, 1992-1996. Debate Judge.

Legal Experience:

GLANTZLAW, Plantation, Florida. Civil Litigator & Assistant Supervising Attorney, May 2010-Present.

Commercial litigation specialist in state, federal, and administrative courts. Assistant Supervisor for more than twenty senior attorneys.

• Litigating complicated federal wage and hour lawsuits for both employer and employee.

• Assisting landlords and tenants with all claims involving leases and rentals.

• Representing owners against homeowners and condominium associations.

• Providing counsel and representation to licensees regarding administrative actions.

• Serving as counsel for police officers and fire fighters in internal investigations.

• Advising and representing members of LegalShield, pre-paid legal insurance, in all civil matters.

• Conducting jury and non-jury trials before state, federal, and administrative judges.

• Supervising attorneys by providing guidance on all matters of civil law, reviewing lawsuits for potential defenses or causes of action, communicating with clients as to all issues involving representation.

Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Associate, May 2009-December 2009.

Litigation attorney focusing on complex civil litigation in both state and federal courts.

• Evaluated property insurance claims for coverage.

• Conducted examinations under oath for insurance claims.

• Defended insurance claim lawsuits.

• Provided legal opinions regarding application of Fair Labor Standards Act.

• Responded to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints.

• Defended residential property owners from foreclosure actions.

• Represented plaintiffs in negligence and breach of contract lawsuits.

• Litigated all types of pre-trial motions in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties.

Law Office of Larry S. Davis, P.A., Hollywood, Florida. Associate, October 2006-May 2009.

Litigated complex criminal, civil, and administrative matters in state and federal courts.

• Represented defendants in all aspects of criminal cases including; misdemeanors, felonies, and capital felonies.

• Defended civil cases including ADA violations, tenant evictions, and federal civil rights actions.

• Litigated numerous licensing actions before the Department of Administrative Hearings.

• As counsel for South Florida State Hospital provided legal opinions regarding mental health commitment issues, guardianship matters and conducted Baker Act review hearings before the Department of Administrative Hearings.

Office of the Public Defender for Broward County, Assistant Public Defender, September 2000-October 2006.

Represented indigent citizens in state court relating to criminal matters.

• Defended criminal acts including; municipal ordinance violations, misdemeanors, felonies, and capital felonies.

• First-chaired over fifty (50) jury trials including cases involving; driving under the influence, theft, fraud, battery, sexual battery, racketeering, conspiracy, drug trafficking, homicide, and many other crimes.

• Spent three years representing clients designated as “career criminals”.

Bogenschutz & Dutko, P.A., Law Clerk, June 1999-January 2000.

Assisting senior attorneys with complex legal research, drafting motions, and preparing for trials.

• Appearing with senior attorneys in state and federal courts.

• Attending client meetings to discuss complicated legal issues.

• Drafting memorandum of law involving criminal and civil legal issues.

• Evaluating merits of appeals and researching novel legal arguments.

Legal Admissions & Memberships:

National Alliance on Mental Health, member 2009-2010.

Broward County Bar Association, member 2008-current.

West Broward Bar Section of Broward County Bar Association, founding member and secretary/treasurer 2010-present.

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, admitted 2006.

Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, member 2006-2009.

Broward Democratic Lawyers Council, poll watcher/elections attorney 2004, 2008.

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, member 2004-2010.

American Association For Justice admitted 2002.

Florida Bar, admitted 2000.