The gavel was passed today from Joel Brown to Bertie Soto, who became the chief judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Miami-Dade County, Florida.
There was an overflow audience in attendance today in the ceremonial courtroom in 6-1 at the civil courthouse on Flagler Street in downtown Miami. After getting directions and arriving late and squeezing into a disappointing vantage point to watch the ceremonies, we saw a beaming Judge Soto sworn in as Miami's next Chief Judge.
Our reflection on the speeches, proclamations and pronouncements leads us to say this: it does Judge Soto a disservice to continually reflect on the fact that she is both the first Hispanic and first woman to be Chief Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit. Not that those accomplishments aren't something to be proud of. They are.
But Judge Soto was elected Chief Judge by her colleagues not because she is a woman, or because she is Hispanic, but because she is a hell-of-a judge. She earned this election and appointment by her colleagues not because of what she is, but because of who she is, and in the end, doesn't that mean so much more?
Au Revoir Judge Brown and Congratulations Judge Soto.
And when you have a moment can we chat on the portion of the parking lot those people from the department of health stole from us?
A beautiful spring weekend leads us into the Jewish holiday of Passover next week, so there won't be a lot going on. As we were saying while waiting for an aging elevator in the civil courthouse to flee from the premises while surrounded by an uncomfortable number of civil lawyers: "Let my people go."
See You In Court.