Mercedes M. Prieto appointed Clerk of the Third District Court of Appeal effective May 1, 2019

On May 1, 2019, Ms. Mercedes M. Prieto became the fourth Clerk of the Third District Court of Appeal.  She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Mary Cay Blanks on April 30, 2019. 
Upon graduation, Ms. Prieto began working at the Third District Court of Appeal as a law clerk for the Hon. Natalie Baskin in August 1989.  Thereafter, she served as Career Attorney to the Hon. Robert L. Shevin, the Hon. Melvia B. Green, and to the Hon. Vance E. Salter until the time of this appointment. Ms. Prieto has served on the Florida Office of the State Courts Administrator’s Appellate Law Clerk Education Committee and the State Courts Case Management Workgroup.  

Ms. Prieto received her B.A. from the University of Miami, magna cum laude, in 1984, and her J.D. from the University of Miami, cum laude, in 1989. Since 1989, Ms. Prieto has taught legal research and writing first at the University of Miami School of law, and then at the Florida International University Legal Studies Institute, and Legal Skills and Values at the College of Law. She has held various committee positions with the Legal Studies Institute, including the Advisory Council, and Coordinator of the New Instructor’s Workshop. 

Congratulations to Ms. Prieto, our new Clerk of the Third District Court of Appeal!