Samantha Schosberg Feuer
Samantha Schosberg Feuer ()

Akerman lawyer and former prosecutor Samantha Schosberg Feuer announces her candidacy for circuit judge on the steps of the Palm Beach County Courthouse today.

Feuer is the first one to run for the open seat being vacated by retiring Judge Lucy Chernow Brown and was the first to file for the six-year term Friday.

“I have been a public servant for most of my legal career,” said Feuer, 37. “I have a passion for public service. Now I feel is the time to run for judge.”

Another lawyer, West Palm Beach solo attorney Jaimie Goodman, also has expressed interest in the seat. Goodman, who ran for judge in 2012 and lost by just 2,000 votes of 115,000 cast, said he is eyeing the open seat and will make a decision within the next three weeks.

“I’m giving it some serious consideration,” Goodman, 56, said. “When you run for an open seat, you’re not running against the power of incumbency. I think I’d be well-suited to be a judge.”

Goodman, a litigator for 30 years, represents victims of civil rights violations.

Before joining Akerman as of counsel seven months ago, Feuer spent her career in public service. A former prosecutor in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, Feuer most recently served as South Florida bureau chief for the consumer protection unit in the Florida attorney general’s office. She is a former president of the Palm Beach County chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and co-founded the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County.

Feuer said she was interested in Brown’s seat because an open judgeship is a rarity. Several other Palm Beach judicial seats are open, but incumbents already have filed to run for re-election.

“It’s certainly possible it will be more than a two-way race,” Feuer said. “Open seats are usually contentious. I want to get as much community support as possible. That’s why I filed so early.”

Former Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer agreed to join Feuer for her announcement.

“As state attorney for 16 years, it was my honor to both hire and work with very talented attorneys,” he said in a statement. “Samantha Feuer is at the very top of that list, a dedicated public servant committed to the pursuit of justice. She will make an excellent judge and serve the citizens of Palm Beach County well.”

The judicial primary will be held in Aug. 26.