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Judge Charles J. Kahn, Jr.

Judge Kahn has twice chaired the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, and has chaired the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee and the Florida Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee. In 2000, he chaired the Florida Supreme Court Workgroup on Public Records in the Judicial Branch. He currently chairs the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Branch Records Management Committee, and serves on the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Judicial Education Program at Northwestern University College of Law. In 2009, Judge Kahn received the Education for Justice Award from the Florida Law Related Education Association.

Judge Kahn's publications include "Judicial Elections: Canon 7, Politics, and Free Speech", The Florida Bar Journal , July/August 1998; "No-Fault Insurance" Chapter in Florida Automobile Insurance Law (1991, 1995, 1998); and "But I'm A Friend of the Court" and Other Predicaments: What Every Lawyer Should Know About the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct," The Florida Bar Journal, March 2002. He has been a guest op-ed columnist for the St. Petersburg Times, on the topic of fundraising in judicial campaigns. He has made numerous speeches and presentations on judicial conduct issues, including the National Center for State Courts; American Judicature Society; Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct; South Dakota Judges Association; the U. S. Department of Justice (Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer); and the National Association of Administrative Law Judges.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Kahn was a board member of the Friends of the Pensacola Public Library, President of the Northeast Pensacola Sertoma Club, and President of Congregation Temple Beth El in Pensacola. Judge Kahn is married to Janet S. Kahn, an Associate in Communication Science and Disorders at the Florida State University College of Communication Science and Disorders, and has two daughters and two granddaughters.