"It is my pleasure and my privilege to appoint Barbara Lagoa to the Florida Supreme Court with full confidence she will serve our state with the utmost integrity".
"And in that regard, I am particularly mindful of the fact that, under our constitutional system, it is for the Legislature and not the courts to make the law".
First appointed to the Third District Court of Appeals by Governor Jeb Bush in 2006, Justice Lagoa was the first Cuban American woman to serve on the Third District Court of Appeals. Judge Lagoa received her Juris Doctor from Columbia University in 1992, where she served as an Associate Editor of the Columbia Law Review.More news: Sizable Price Tag Posing Challenge For LG’s Rollable TV
"In the country, my parents fled the whim of a single individual could mean the difference between food and hunger, liberty or prison, life or death", Lagoa said.
The newly elected governors of Wisconsin and MI also issued nondiscrimination orders upon assuming office. "Unlike the country my parents fled, we are a nation of laws".
Upon learning of Lagoa's appointment, a delighted William Large, president of the Florida Justice Reform Institute, issued this statement: "Governor DeSantis' appointment of Justice Lagoa as the 87th justice to the Florida Supreme Court is the first step towards fulfilling his promise to appoint judges who will interpret the law and not legislate from the bench". As an appellate court judge, she has more experience than any of the other nominees put forward by the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. His removal would come less than two months after former Gov. Rick Scott suspended Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes over his frustrations with the midterm recount. DeSantis, who took office on Tuesday, said he's interviewed all 11 candidates. "That concept was certainly at the heart of ... numerous comments we heard from the governor yesterday, and echoed again this morning with the appointment of Justice Lagoa", Galvano said in a statement Wednesday.More news: Barcelona plays down Coutinho transfer: ‘He will give us a lot’
DeSantis said 50-year-old Lagoa has an impeccable judicial background and that her Cuban-American upbringing gives her extra appreciation for the rule of law. "The Cuban people do not know what laws will apply to them or whether they will receive a fair trial after arbitrarily being accused of political crimes". "She understands the rule of law, how important that is to a society".
During his successful campaign, DeSantis told supporters that he hoped to alter the judiciary in Florida "for a generation" through the three vacancies. CABA is very proud of all her accomplishments and her new role in the Florida Supreme Court.
Lagoa, who will replace retiring Justice R. Fred Lewis, is the first Hispanic woman in history to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. The announcement was held at Miami's Freedom Tower. Her father-in-law is Miami senior U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck and her husband, Paul C. Huck Jr., is a prominent Miami attorney. She also handled a significant number of appeals.More news: Nissan's Carlos Ghosn indicted on two new charges
This article has been updated to reflect that Lagoa is the state's first female Cuban-American justice.