January, 2009 by Governor Charlie Crist
● Previous Judicial Office:
Circuit Judge, Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1993 – 2009. Appointed
by Governor Lawton Chiles; Presided in Felony, Civil, Family, and Juvenile
Divisions, 1993 - 2009; Administrative Judge, Family Law Division, 2005 –
2009; Designed and implemented Independent Living Court to address needs of
foster children after age 18; Designed and implemented Unified Family Court
for management of families’ cases in multiple Divisions.
● Previous Legal
Positions: Chief Cabinet Aide, Office of the Governor, 1993;
Legislation and Policy Development Director, Florida Department of
Environmental Regulation, 1991 – 1993; Assistant Attorney General, Office
of the Florida Attorney General, 1981 – 1991; Attorney, Legal Services of
North Florida, 1979 - 1981.
Doctorate, Florida State University College of Law,
Bachelor of Arts, Wayne State University, 1974
● Judicial Outreach
Activities: Instructor, Continuing Legal Education Courses on mortgage
foreclosure, ethics, procedures for high-profile cases, and creation of the
trial record, 1995 – present; Committee Chair, Florida Supreme Court
Committee on Families & Children in the Court, 2006 – present; Adjunct
Professor of Trial Practice, Florida State University College of Law, 1998 –
2009; Foreign Elections Consultant, Nigeria and Liberia, 2005 – 2008;
Member, Florida Supreme Court Committee on Fairness & Diversity, 2004 –
● Professional Associations:
Bar Admissions: The Florida Bar; U. S. District Court of Appeal,
Northern District of Florida; U. S. District Court of Appeal, Washington, D.
C.; U. S. District Court of Appeal, 10th Circuit, Colorado.
Organizations: William H. Stafford Inn of Court; Tallahassee Women
Lawyers Association; Tallahassee Barristers Association; Florida Conference
of Circuit Judges (former).
● Awards and Honors:
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award,
2010; Rosa L. Parks Servant Leadership Award, (Florida State University);
Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement Award, 2009 (Tallahassee Women
Lawyers); Sojourner Truth Award (National Coalition of 100 Black Women);
Judge of the Year (Florida Law Related Education Association);
Administration of Justice Award, Florida (American Board of Trial Advocacy);
Distinguished Service Award (Florida Council on Crime & Delinquency);
Children’s Advocate Award (Legal Services of North Florida); Judicial
Appreciation Award (Florida Conference of Circuit Judges).