Roshawn Banks helped push for diversity training of Broward judges in 2006 as president of the T.J. Reddick Bar Association.
Now she wants to don a black robe herself.
Banks has filed to run in the 2010 race for the county court seat being vacated by Steven Shutter.
Banks, who is black, said although diversity on the bench is important, it is not her sole reason for running.
“I am convinced our bench needs community-minded judges, and I know I’m that person,” Banks said.
In an interview, Banks said some judges fail to fully recognize their decisions affect the lives of people appearing before them.
“Judges are not robots,” she said. “They can follow the law and still have empathy and compassion and patience. It’s a servant’s position, and judges forget that sometimes.”
This is Banks’ second attempt at a judgeship. She applied for a vacancy in 2005.
Banks, who has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1998, handles criminal defense work as a solo practitioner at All Law Center in Plantation. She is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University’s law school. So far, she is the only person to file to run for Shutter’s seat.