THE SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL
The Second District Court of Appeal is located at:
1005 E. Memorial Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33801
P.O. Box 327
Lakeland, FL 33802
Telephone: (863) 499-2290, FAX (863) 413-2649.
Administrative Information: 2dcaAdminister
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Clerk of Court
The judges and staff of the Second District Court of Appeal are mourning the loss of their Clerk of Court, James “Jim” Birkhold.
Jim received his B.A. degree from Yale College in 1971 and his J.D. degree from Boston University in 1975. He commenced practicing law that year as a VISTA volunteer and staff attorney with the Prison Project in Gainesville, Florida. From 1978 through 1981 he served as an assistant public defender, first in Jacksonville and then in Bradenton. From 1981 through 1993 he was engaged in private practice, principally in domestic relations and criminal defense, in Manatee County in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.
He joined the Second District Court of Appeal as a senior staff attorney in 1995 and managed the staff attorneys of that office of the court from 1996 until his appointment as clerk in January 1999.
Jim was born in Chicago, Illinois, on February 27, 1949, and served the people of the second district with distinction until his death on August 16, 2015. He was 66. He is survived by his wife, Christy.