Governor Appoints Two New Judges





Gov. Rick Scott appointed on Monday two new Broward judges with connections to the State Attorney’s Office.

Scott named to Broward County Court:

*Kal Le Var Evans an assistant state attorney best known for successfully prosecuting Matthew Bent in 2012 for his part for attacking and burning a child.

*Daniel Kanner, a former prosecutor and now criminal defense attorney.

Below is the governor’s news release on the appointment:



August 4, 2014 CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE(850) 717-9282


Governor Scott Appoints Kal Le Var Evans and Daniel Kanner to the Broward County Court


Tallahassee, Fla. –Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Kal Le Var Evans and Daniel Kanner to the Broward County Court.

Evans, 37, of Fort Lauderdale, has served as Assistant State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit since 2003. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Evans fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Joseph Murphy.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Kal Evans’ wide experience serving Floridians for more than a decade as a Broward County prosecutor will make him a great asset on the Broward County Court. I welcome Kal to his new position as he continues to serve with integrity and respect for the rule of law.”

Kanner, 49, of Plantation, is a partner with Bauman & Kanner, P.A., where he has practiced since 1998. From 1992-1998, he served as Assistant State Attorney in Broward County. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. Kanner fills a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Edward Merrigan to the Circuit Court.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Throughout his legal career, Dan has demonstrated the qualities that make for a great judge. I am confident that he will serve Florida families with respect and humility on the Broward County bench.”




Here is the biography of Kanner on his law firm’s website:

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Upon graduating from the University of Florida College of Law, Dan Kanner launched his career as a state prosecutor for Broward County before transitioning to criminal defense law, where he has practiced for more than a decade. Mr. Kanner has served as counsel in more than 150 trials, specializing in drug-related criminal cases and misdemeanors. He has argued cases in state and federal courts. Mr. Kanner has a strong personal commitment to each of his clients and believes that every client should be fully informed about every aspect of their case. Ultimately, his goal is to avoid jail time if possible and a criminal conviction. He recognizes that it’s important to minimize the impact of a criminal charge so you can move on with your life as soon as possible.

Mr. Kanner is licensed in Florida and Washington D.C.



kalKal Le Var Evans (photo: JAAblog)

6 Responses to “Governor Appoints Two New Judges”

  1. Just Saying says:

    Two good selections.

  2. Oh really says:

    Just in time for Elections the Governor appoints a black person as Judge. Hoping to win over support from Blacks and Whites.
    Nice try the voters will see you at the polls.

  3. Come on says:

    Puerto Rican Bar, FOP, Miami Herald Endorses Judge Ian Richards. Hispanics support a good judge.

  4. Owl says:

    Governor Scott’s first Broward Judicial appointment was a minority as well. Of his nine appointments four have been women too.

    With ONE exception, his judicial appointments in Broward have been excellent. These two appointees are both humble thoughtful lawyers.

  5. Seven Oaks says:

    Oh Really (above):
    Perhaps the Gov. selected the two best from the bunch.
    You are not saying that Evans was an affirmative action pick who was less qualified than others are you?
    SShame on you.
    p.s. More gravy please!

  6. Bobby says:

    Nice job on these appointments by Governor Scott’s team.