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Gov. Rick Scott appoints Miami federal prosecutor to Circuit Court bench



Robert Luck didn’t have to look far for his role models as a kid. There were lawyers living all over his North Miami Beach neighborhood. And his dad, a truck dealer, always hoped his son would become one.

Luck has accomplished that goal — and more. Luck, at age 34, was appointed last week as a state Circuit Court judge by Gov. Rick Scott to fill a vacancy on the Miami-Dade bench. He beat out four other finalists, including a couple of sitting county judges.

Luck’s background stood out from the pack: magna cum laude graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, editor in chief of the Florida Law Review, law clerk for an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge and prosecutor for the past five years with the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami. There, he investigated and prosecuted more than 100 criminal cases.

“Robert has proven to be a great advocate on behalf of Floridians during his time as a federal prosecutor,” the governor said in a statement.

Luck, who lives with his wife and two children in the same neighborhood where he grew up, said: “I am honored and humbled by the governor’s appointment and the privilege of serving my home and the home of my children, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.”

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