Gov. Rick Scott on Friday filled two openings on the Palm Beach County Circuit bench.
He appointed County Judge Daliah H. Weiss to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Circuit Judge John L. Phillips, and he appointed Cymonie S. Rowe to fill the open spot created by the resignation of Circuit Judge Amy Smith.
Weiss, 46, of Wellington, has been a county court judge since 2012. She was an assistant state attorney from 1996-2012. Weiss received her bachelor’s degree from Emory University and her law degree from the Villanova Law School.
Rowe, 47, of Boca Raton, has been a senior trial attorney for Liberty Mutual since 2007. She previously was an attorney with Green, Ackerman & Frost, P.A. Rowe received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and her law degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Although news of Smith’s retirement has been spreading in legal circles for at least a week, Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath in an email to other judges and court officials Wednesday said Smith has made her resignation official with a letter sent to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
“I have enjoyed working with Judge Smith and like many of you will miss her greatly,” Colbath said, calling Smith a “longtime childhood friend’ who lived just four houses away from him while the two attended junior high.
Smith’s last day will be March 31.
Smith, a former prosecutor, was first elected to the circuit bench in 2004. According to Colbath, she served in many divisions, including family court at the south and north county courthouses and both felony and family court at the main courthouse in West Palm Beach. Smith also worked in the circuit civil division, Colbath said.
Between her time as a prosecutor and judge, Smith practiced insurance defense law for 15 years with Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP.
In November, Smith was hospitalized with what friends later said was an aneurysm, but she had since returned to work. Her husband, 60-year-old Palm Beach Gardens realtor Patrick Dogdin, died in a dune buggy accident in California in 2009.