Chambers Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Bates(813) 301-5861
Susan Butler(813) 301-5862
Federal Judicial ServiceDistrict Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Nominated by William Clinton on October 29, 1993, to a seat vacated by William Castagna. Confirmed by the Senate on November 20, 1993, and received commission on November 24, 1993. Assumed senior status on August 1, 2008.
Florida State University, B.A., 1964
University of South Florida, M.A., 1968
Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1977
Counsel, Jim Walter Corporation, 1978–1982Judge, Hillsborough County Court, Florida, 1982–1986Judge, Circuit Court of Florida, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, 1986–1993
The court will distribute a trial calendar to all counsel and pro se parties for the upcoming trial term the month before the beginning of the term. Cases are listed in the order in which they will be tried. Normally, criminal cases are tried first. The court does not regularly provide trial dates certain absent exceptional circumstances (e.g., lengthy case, numerous expert witnesses). Parties should file proposed jury instructions, verdict forms, and voir dire five days prior to jury selection, with courtesy copies emailed to Judge Bucklew's chambers. Lawyers are usually permitted a short voir dire.
Parties must electronically file exhibit and witness lists by the morning of trial and must email courtesy copies in WordPerfect format (.wpd) to chambers.
Parties must provide a three-ring binder with copies of all properly premarked exhibits to the courtroom deputy the morning of trial for the court's use.
See Judge Bucklew's preferences on marking of exhibits.
Judge Bucklew hears motions of 30 minutes or less between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30a.m., Tuesday through Friday. The courtroom deputy sets longer hearings.
Judge Bucklew does not regularly provide oral argument on dispositive motions but might on request. The court generally refers discovery matters to the assigned magistrate judge.
Judge Bucklew conducts the pretrial conference.
The court refers almost all cases to mediation. Judge Bucklew does not conduct settlement conferences, although she refers some cases to a magistrate judge to conduct a settlement conference.
Change of Plea
Judge Bucklew usually refers changes of plea to the assigned magistrate judge.
Judge Bucklew generally refers discovery matters to the assigned magistrate judge.
Judge Bucklew regularly conducts sentencing between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.,Tuesday through Friday. Counsel should notify the courtroom deputy if the sentencing is expected to last longer than 30 minutes so it can be set for another time.