Beth Bloom and Darrin P. Gayles
Beth Bloom and Darrin P. Gayles ()

President Barack Obama nominated Miami-Dade Circuit Judges Beth Bloom and Darrin P. Gayles to the South Florida federal bench.

President Barack Obama announced the nominations Wednesday of Miami-Dade Circuit Judges Beth Bloom and Darrin P. Gayles to the South Florida federal bench and two more in the Middle District of Florida.

“Throughout their careers, these distinguished men and women have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to public service,” Obama said. “I am confident they will serve the American people with distinction from the district court bench.”

Bloom has served on the circuit bench since 2010. She was a county court judge in Miami from 1995 to 2010 and served as the associate administrative judge of the criminal division in 2010.

From 1988 to 1995, Bloom worked at Floyd Pearson Richman Greer Weil Brumbaugh & Russomanno in Miami, where she handled a broad range of civil litigation. While in private practice, she was a traffic magistrate from 1992 to 1993. She received her law degree from the University of Miami and her bachelor degree at the University of Florida.

Gayles has been a circuit judge since 2011. He was a county court judge from 2004 to 2011. He also served as a Miami federal prosecutor from 1999 to 2004 and an assistant district counsel at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1997 to 1999. Gayles began his legal career as a Miami-Dade prosecutor from 1993 to 1997. He received his law degree from George Washington University Law School and his bachelor degree from Howard University.

Neither judge was available for comment by deadline.

They are candidates to fill the vacancies left by U.S. District Judges Patricia Seitz and Donald Graham, who became senior judges in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Obama also nominated two to judgeships in the Middle District: Putnam Circuit Judge Carlos Eduardo Mendoza of Palatka, who has been on the bench since 2011 and is a former assistant city attorney in St. Augustine, and Overchuck & Byron civil litigator Paul G. Byron of Orlando, a former federal prosecutor who served as a senior trial attorney on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 2001 to 2003.