Florida A&M University College of Law, JD, University of Central Florida, BA, Seminole State College, AA,
League of Women Voters
Meals on Wheels
Describe your philosophy of the judicial role, the qualities that are most important for the role, and the greatest challenges to the role.
The role of judges is to follow the law in all cases and to administer justice blindly, equally and impartially. Judges need to be good listeners, with a sense of community and show an understanding of the diversity of the community that they serve. The greatest challenges to the role of the judge is the ability to enforce laws with which the judge may not agree.
Briefly describe a case or a legal issue on which you worked of which you are particularly proud, or is reflective of your legal ability and work. (limit 150 words)
I am proud of all my cases, the ability to try a case where you believe in your client is innocence, then to win an acquittal. The case that stands out to me did not proceed to trial but I was able to get a client the help that they needed for a previously undiagnosed mental defect, while keeping him from going to prison for a lengthy time.
What, in your opinion, is the most important U. S. Supreme Court decision? Why? (limit 150 words)
Gideon v. Wainwright, this is the seminal case that ensures that all criminal defendants have the right to counsel. It is a fundamental right that is owed to individual who could face time in jail or prison.
What do you perceive as the greatest obstacles to justice, if any? Why? (limit 150 words)
One of the great challenges to justice is the ability to proceed through cases at a reasonable pace in order to prevent a back log while at the same time giving individuals an opportunity to be heard.