Renatha Francis made history recently by becoming the first Jamaican ever to be appointed to the Florida Supreme Court.
News of her appointment came courtesy of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday.
Following her appointment, DeSantis said Francis is the first Caribbean-American to sit on Florida’s Supreme Court and may well be the first Caribbean-American to sit on any state’s supreme court.
Francis hails from humble beginnings. Following her appointment, she said:
“I grew up in the island nation of Jamaica, the daughter to a single mom who never finished high school and who herself was only a small farmer’s daughter.”
“But none of that mattered because what my mom had and what she imparted to her two daughters was grit, determination, and hard work.”
Francis received a Bachelor of Science from the University of the West Indies, and a Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law.
She began her career as a law clerk to judges of the Florida First District Court of Appeal.
Francis was Of Counsel at Shutts & Bowen, before being appointed a Judge of the Miami-Dade County Court in 2017 by Governor of Florida Rick Scott.
She was then elevated to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in 2018, and was laterally appointed to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in 2019.
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