Judge Valerie R. Manno Schurr, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Valerie Manno Schurr had been a nurse for a dozen years when she passed the Florida Bar exam. She kept working in the operating room.
"One day we had a new surgeon come in, and they said, 'You know there's a lawyer in the room. You better be careful,' " she said. After the operation, "the head nurse came to me and said, 'You know you made that guy very nervous. He didn't like that there was a lawyer in the room.' "
The Miami Beach native pursued nursing right after graduating from North Miami High School, urged on by her sister, who was already a nurse.
"I couldn't decide what I wanted to do, and she said, 'Why don't you go to nursing school? It's a great job. You're going to love it.' " Manno Schurr recalled. "And I did. I really did. Nursing is a wonderful, wonderful profession."
She started in oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital.
It was emotionally trying. Her mother died of breast cancer at 37 when Manno Schurr was 5. Caring for cancer patients took its toll.
Even though some were cured, she said the work was still painful for her. After two years, she got reassigned to the intensive care unit, then the recovery room. "Then I got cross-trained to work in the operating room," Manno Schurr said.
"I did paperwork. I'd get the patient from the holding area, check the band—'Are you so and so? Are you having this surgery?' You have to make sure that everybody knew what we were doing," she said.
She served as the operating room's official historian and monitor, recording every event and keeping track of every instrument and piece of equipment used.
"I would do: Time patient in the room. Time patient on the table. Anesthesia started at this time. The time of the first incision," she said. "And then when they would start to close, I had to count everything."
The operation couldn't end until every item was accounted for, down to every single sponge—even if it meant, as she once did, getting down on her hands and knees and searching under the operating table to find it.
In 1989, she said, "I started getting restless. I just wanted to do something else. I knew a bunch of people that were at UM law school. … Actually, we went to the law school, and I sat in the back of the room. They didn't say anything. They let me do it. And I said, 'I think this is very cool. I think I want to do this.'
"The next thing I know," she said, "I'm a law student."
Manno Schurr kept working as a nurse and as a clerk at a law firm steps from the Flagler Street courthouse.
"I went to night school, and I had a job Saturday and Sunday that I worked from 7A to 7P" in the ICU units at local hospitals, she said. "I went to school at night."
After Manno Schurr graduated, she said, "It took me a couple of years to get a job." When she did, her years of experience in hospitals paid off.
"I got a lot of work doing medical malpractice," she said. "That's what people wanted me to do."
In 1996, she left to form a general civil litigation practice with her husband. In 2004, she ran for county court and lost. She ran again for circuit court in 2006 and won.
"I loved being a nurse," she said. "I loved being a lawyer. Now I'm here, and I love it. I'm very happy."
Still, she kept her nursing license active until just a couple of years ago, and she keeps her nursing honor society pin in her chambers. And she said her years of nursing still pay off in the courtroom, in more ways than one.
"I've been in every division. I started off in dependency; I went to criminal and civil. When I was over there in civil and I was trying a medmal case and the doctor was testifying on the stand, it was great because I knew everything that was going on," she said.
Now in the family division, Manno Schurr said: "Everybody who's on the bench, all of us, we bring to this job all of our experiences in life, and it makes you a better judge. I think that being a nurse gives me a lot of compassion, especially in this division. It gives me a lot of compassion for people."
Like many of the judges, she said, she might someday teach, but not necessarily at a law school. She said she'd rather teach nursing. ~ http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202729965596/Judge-Manno-Schurr-Brings-Nursing-Background-to-Courtroom#ixzz3lrDCJCXh
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Jul 10, 2015
Judge Manno-Schurr is my 8 year-old Paternity - Family Court Case Presiding Judge. The 5th Judge to preside over my simple case; an unwed biological father seeking to maintain contact with his daughter Zoraya (Google and Judge Manno-Schurr is enabling Child Abuse via Parental Alienation.
On March 25th, 2015, in a special set hearing at the Family Courthouse, Judge Manno-Schurr interrupted my testimony while on the witness stand to notate the court reporter‘s record saying…
Manno-Schurr: "the father (me) is
turning red in the face, yelling at me, and pointing his finger at me"
Abramson (for Petitioner), objected noting the record: "the father has been diagnosed with PTSD
Manno-Schurr (this is why you should rethink this article) said: "Mr. Inguanzo were you in the
Petitioner Testimony: "NO your Honor...YOU AND THIS CASE HAS CAUSED THE PTSD ACCORDING TO MY DOCTORS"
How about that for a Registered Nurse!!!
Congressional Testimony: Glen Gibellina to Bill Windsor of Lawless America
- Welcome for the first time Judge Valerie Manno-Schurr. You can find her in courtroom 2-8. She took over Judge Firtel's division. If any of you know anything about Judge Manno-Schurr please share your knowledge with our readers. She comes from Civil. She knows nothing about criminal. She has never sentenced a criminal defendant - ever. (She did shadow Judge Firtel for a few calendars). Provide her with some case law; write a legal memorandum; give her some guidance.
- THE BEST JA'S THE REGJB HAS EVER KNOWN.Welcome back to Diana Petitto. She was Judge Pineiro's JA during his years on the bench. After he passed away, she joined Judge Manno Schurr in civil. She re-joins the REGJB family. Please drop by chambers in Room 223 and say hello to Diana. She would love to see all of you.
- RUNOFF: MANNO-SCHURR VS-SANCHEZ GRONLIER:HYPHEN HEAVEN:The totals from Tuesday night were:Valerie R. Manno Schurr41.13%53,676Jose R. Sanchez-Gronlier33.01%43,081Rima Catherine Bardawil25.86%33,744130,501[Memo to Rima Bardawil: get a hypen. You were out-hyphenated.]We sniff an upset here. We can’t pinpoint exactly why we feel it, but something inside of us says “Sanchez-Gronlier”. What a story that would be! From clerk to Judge. Mr. Sanchez-Gronlier has a lot to be proud of already, but he is clearly an underdog here, because we believe that Ms. Manno-Schurr has the money -or ability to raise the money needed- to win. But she should not rest on her laurels. Stranger things have happened.
DCBA JUDICIAL POLL - YOUR BEST AND WORST SOUTH FLORIDA JUDGESHighest Percentage of Unqualified votes:Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely - 32%
Judge Maria Espinosa Dennis - 23% ~ Presided in Case no. 2008-09595-FC-17 from 2009 until May 2011 - Recused herself from case after Petitioner sent letter to Florida Bar concerning the "reported False Allegations of Domestic Violence" by Nixa Maria Rose - Mom.Judge Maria Korvick - 23%
Judge Valerie Manno Schurr - 22% ~ Currently Presiding over case no. 2008-029595-FC-17
- WHAT ARE YOUR CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES NET WORTH:Of your 24 incumbent judges, 14 of them have a net worth of at least One Million Dollars. Your Top Four are:Michael Hanzman - $23,000,000
Victoria Brennan - $9.8 mil ~ PRESIDED OVER APRIL 2009 Domestic Violence case no. 2009-
Filed 10 days after Judge Maria Espinosa Dennis ordered Father-Petitioner(David Inguanzo) and Mother-Respondent(Nixa Rose) to Family Court Services for Alienation Intervention, Co-Parenting, and other counseling. Judge Dennis' Order dated February 8th, 2009 - Mother's Petition for Restraining Order dated February 18th, 2009.
Valerie Manno Schurr - $4.0 milEllen Venzer - $3.9 milThe other ten incumbents include five with a net worth of under $300,000.On Friday, we will congratulate the winners and post the final line-ups for contested elections.Keep those private tips coming.
- GROUP 78 - Valerie Schurr Manno, 1993; she is listed with the Florida Bar as Valerie Manno; lost in 2004 to Judge Judith Rubenstein.
- The following is a transcript from Judge Spencer Eig’s division. (Welcome to the blog Judge Eig) Some of the names have been removed by Rumpole to protect the innocent. The transcript has been edited in that much of the proceedings have been removed. However, no words have been added. The words below are as they appear in the entire transcript that was emailed to us. The transcript was emailed to us by someone who was NOT a party to this case. We have no idea how or why they obtained this transcript.
CRIMINAL DIVISION JUDGE SPENCER EIG
CASE NO. F07-7312
STATE OF FLORIDA,
-vs-WOODROW STARLING,Defendant.The above-entitled case came on for hearing before the Honorable JUDGE SPENCER EIG,Judge of the above-styled court at the Metropolitan Justice Building, at 1351 Northwest 12th Street, Miami, Florida, 33125, on September 25, 2007…THE COURT: Good morning to you all.FAMILY MEMBER: Good morning.THE COURT: Are you relatives of Mr. Starling?FAMILY MEMBER: Yes, Sir.THE COURT: What is your name?FAMILY MEMBER: My name is_________. I am his sister. That is my father, ------------, --------his baby's mother and ------- Starling, his baby.THE COURT: Good morning, Baby. What is your name?FAMILY MEMBER: ------ --------THE COURT: Were you and Mr. Starling living together?FAMILY MEMBER: Yes.THE COURT: Mr. Starling, were you living with Ms. ----?THE DEFENDANT: Off and on. We resided together. But the conditions of my probation I had to stay at my father's house, you know.THE COURT: Is there a special condition of Mr. Starling's probation that he live with his father?...
THE CLERK: No.
THE COURT: Mr. Starling, you are getting old. How old are you?
THE DEFENDANT: 21.
THE COURT: You have child a there.
THE COURT: Is that your child?THE DEFENDANT: Yes. That was my child… (there is a discussion of the defendant’s other cases and whether there is a stay away order prohibiting the defendant from living with the mother of his child.)THE COURT: Do you want to get back to go withMr. Starling? Or do you want a stay away order or what do you want?FAMILY MEMBER: No. I don't want A stay away order.THE COURT: Anyway, Mr. Starling, we have this thing. I don't know how to describe it except for thing that our state and really our own country have established people who show they want to make a commitment to the future and be a productive member of society. This thing is called marriage. Some people all it an institution. They also call it Dade County Jail Institution. (Rumpole notes, we consider the comparison of jail and marriage to be an apt way of determining the virtues of marriage. And jail for that matter.)
It is not like that. If you indicated to me that you wanted to make a commitment to the future, that you have Ms. --- here and you wanted to make her Mrs. Starling. What is the baby's name?
THE COURT: And make a commitment to this family unit that I am seeing here in front of you, this is something I would place a great deal of respect for. I would release you today, and you know you can come back in the future and deal with whatever issues there are. You would have a lot to bring to the table. Living some place else. This is my baby mama. And this is a very loose relationship that could be here one day and gone tomorrow, you are not bringing anything to the table. I am not trying to force you. You have to enter into marriage voluntarily. And it is something you all need to discuss as a family that that is the best way to proceed. So what I am going to do today is release you on your own recognizance. I am going to temporarily add that you participate in a domestic violence class as a part of your probation. So that whatever occurred in the past, you will start to get the tools to deal with whatever situations raise without getting into trouble for it. And you know and Ms--- and your family can decide what kind of a future that you all want to have together. That is up to you all. We can come back for a charge, and we will see what is going on with that. There is, you know, a lot of people who think they couldn't get married. To get married they have to have money for a house and a big wedding and all of that kind of stuff. It is not true. It is not true at all. (Rumpole notes that Judge Eig has not been dating the same women we have dated. Money and a big house have EVERYTHING to do with marriage in our milieu.) People can make a commitment to the future and not necessarily have the whole thing all at once, but build it. Build it brick by brick. So we will set the case for report on the affidavit for October 26th. I will ROR you today. We will add the domestic violence referral, as soon as possible. And I wish you and the whole family the best of luck in the future.
Rumpole notes: Good intentions, bad execution. One cannot fault the judge for trying to impose some lifetime wisdom and experience in this matter. Lord knows the problems of absentee fathers has wrecked havoc with this generation of children. The statistics are there, check them out. BUT, there is something just WRONG with a judge releasing someone from jail, holding a probation violation affidavit over their head, telling them to return, and making sure they understand in no uncertain terms how favourably the court would view the nuptials of the defendant and the mother of his child.There is an element of coercion present for one thing, no matter how much Judge Eig tried to avoid it. For another thing, there is an element of equal protection. Can a Defendant who lives an alternative lifestyle and is gay expect the same fair treatment from a Judge who is family oriented?Judges who put themselves into the lives of young defendants and require them to finish high school or get a GED, and remain drug and alcohol free are doing great work. And a Judge who made inquiry about child support in a matter similar to this would also be within the bounds of propriety in nudging a defendant to meet their responsibility to their family. But in our view, despite the very best intentions of Judge Eig, we do not think it is proper for a Judge to be encouraging anyone to get married. And while we admit a healthy aversion to the institution of marriage, there are bigger issues at play here beyond our own fears of commitment.
New ChiefSome say Judge (Bertilla) Soto supplants Stan (Blake) as Stan slips the surly bonds of the REGJB and slinks, slips, and slides to the Lawson center courthouse where he will sit in Family court.Rumour has it that Judge Soto will be our next administrative judge.A few thoughts:Shouldn't "Family Court" be called "Ex-Family court"?Judge Soto appears to be a solid choice. She is knowledgeable, pleasant, runs a good courtroom, gives a fair trial to both sides, and appears to be well respected by her colleagues (which quite frankly isn't something we'd brag about.)
- BLOGGING FROM THE BENCH
Much like the Imus contretemps, (he was fired by MSNBC Wednesday night) a “throw-away” comment about Judges blogging at work has erupted into a thoughtful conversation, on Judges, Blogging at work, and voire dire in family court.
Judge Faber started things off with a well written explanation on why he hired some of his current staff that used to work for his predecessor.
Then Judge Pinero chimed in with a thoughtful comment on Judges Blogging, voire dire, and yogurt. You can read both of the Robed Readers comments in the comments section to Monday’s post.
Judge Pinero had this to say on the issue of the propriety of Judicial blogging:
Firstly, please know that I did not decide to post under my own name on a mere whim. I thought long and hard about doing so. The Canons require I should uphold the integrity of the bench at all times--if i don't I will be and well should be in deep doo doo. Leaving aside the medium used for my comments. My comments have been directed at all times to issues, which I humbly believe, furthered the proper administration of justice--also mandated by the Canons.
Judge Pinero then threw in a clever plug for the blog, showing that he knows where his bread is buttered: Secondly, as to the medium--posting on Rumpole's blog. Where else do you get immediate and varied feedback?
In the penultimate paragraph, a quote from the Bard and the Merchant of Venice by Judge Pinero was sure to win our favor as well: Lastly, believe it or not, judges are people too--when you prick us, do we not bleed? (no infantile comments, please)
And finally, in the best traditions of the blog, a little fun with the readers: As an example of how the blog can be a learning experience I wish to inform some members of the criminal bar that I have decided to emend my practice and follow their and Rumpole's suggestion. While in the family division, I have decided to allow the litigators free rein to conduct exhaustive and wide ranging jury selection with no interruptions from the bench.
All in all, a textbook comment.
Quantum Mechanics is never far from our mind, and as we have previously written, neither is Schrodinger’s Cat. The principle behind Erwin Schrodinger’s postulation of a possible paradox, is that in quantum mechanics, one could imagine placing a cat in a steel box (we have such thoughts over certain prosecutors and judges from time to time, but for purposes of tradition, we’ll stick with the cat) and removing it from all outside influences to the extent that at some point the state of the cat could only be described by combining possible rest states- as any measurement could not be done without the observation interfering with the experiment. The experiment envisioned a machine that when a radioactive isotope decayed, released poison gas. Under these conditions of isolation and no observation, the cat could-under the laws of Quantum Mechanics- be said to be both alive and dead at any particular moment.
Now, to solve our own little dilemma, one can imagine a Judge, safe from prying eyes in their secure chambers, either studiously labouring on an order denying our motion to suppress, or writing comments on the blog. This being the Justice Building, the JA is on a break, and the Bailiff is playing on-line poker on the computer in the chambers next door. Without any observation (assuming FDLE has removed the remainder of the bugs left over from Operation Court-Broom) our Jurist could be said to be both denying our motion to suppress, and blogging, at the same moment.
Quite a feat for a Judge who doesn’t bother to read the cases we send with the motion.
We think judicial participation on the blog is a good thing. Judges have apologized, explained, and risen in indigent defense of their actions. All helped to promote a dialogue between the parties. We agree that a Judge should not expound on the propriety of a decision of another Judge, or opine on a legal issue that may come before them. But a brief comment on why they hold 8am soundings, or conduct voire dire until 9PM might be appropriate.
And of course, Judge Pinero’s new experiment on voire dire in family court bears watching. Perhaps, he might expound on his ideas and write a scholarly article on the subject. Maybe even a book deal is in the future. In any event, no one can dispute that we enjoy his input and the blog is better off for it.
See You In Court, and not in court, all at the same time. (In theory).
Are you determined to keep or assert that control? Would you believe that many good government advocates do little to protect or enhance that control, even as they fight for increased judicial accountability?!?!?!
Of course, not all of us are part of academia. But we all should be very concerned that across
America, the option of judicial
elections is being quietly eliminated. To understand why average Americans
should be outraged by that development, read “Why Merit Selection of State
Court Judges Lacks Merit” by Matthew Schneider, Volume 56 Wayne L. Rev. 609
National Forum On Judicial Accountability (NFOJA) is not on the frontlines of judicial elections -vs- merit selection debates. But NFOJA is one of very few groups suggesting that private citizens have a constitutional right to oversee state judicial disciplinary processes. It is our belief that the kind of citizen oversight that NFOJA proposes is among the rights reserved to the people by our U.S. Constitution.
Imagine the impact of judges knowing their conduct on the bench may be evaluated by trained, randomly selected private citizens as opposed to judicial colleagues or other institutional actors or even hand-picked private citizens. Such is the goal of NFOJA’s proposed “Citizen Panels On Judicial Misconduct Act”. Such appears to be the mandate of our U.S. Constitution’s Tenth Amendment and the rights it reserves to We the People.
Zena Crenshaw-Logal and
Dr. Andrew D. Jackson
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