Francine M. Ffolkes is an Administrative Law Judge with the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, assigned to the Environmental and Specialization Districts since October 2017. She was formerly the Deputy General Counsel in charge of the Litigation Section at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. An active member of the Executive Councils of various Sections of The Florida Bar, she was also a member of the State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Certification Committee from 2011-2017. She is currently the 2017-2018 Chair of the Government Lawyer Section. Judge Ffolkes is board certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. She authored the chapter on Rule Adoption and Review in the Florida Administrative Practice Manual and is a former editor of the Government Lawyer Section Newsletter ("The Voice"). She obtained her B.S. degree in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami in 1985, and her J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1989.