On September 12, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Robert J. Luck to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee must carefully review Luck’s record before confirming him to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Luck received his B.A. and law degree from the University of Florida. He served as a law clerk, and later as a staff attorney, to Judge Edward Carnes of the Eleventh Circuit. Luck spent five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida. In 2013, then-Governor Rick Scott appointed Luck to be a state trial judge, and in 2017 elevated him to the state court of appeals. In January 2019, the same month he took office, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Luck, along with Barbara Lagoa and Carlos Muniz, to the Supreme Court of Florida.
Luck is a member of the Federalist Society, and his appointment to the Florida Supreme Court was “screened” by the group’s executive vice president Leonard Leo who flew down to Orlando and interviewed Luck for the position. Less than three weeks after Luck became a state Supreme Court justice, he was feted at the Florida chapter of the Federalist Society’s annual event at Disney World’s exclusive Yacht and Beach Club Resort.
Several of Luck’s decisions raise concerns that, as a federal judge, he will side with the wealthy and powerful at the expense of everyday Americans.