Miami-Dade County Court Judge Carlos Guzman endured good-natured barbs from friends and family before promising to "work my tail off for you and this wonderful country" at his investiture.
Omar Ortega, a colleague of Guzman's at the Miami-Dade state attorney's office and now a partner at Dorta and Ortega in Coral Gables, said his friend's resume includes stints as an FBI agent, a teen haircut model and a orange-striped theme park character.
"My daughter got into a fight at preschool because she said she knew Tigger," Ortega said.
Maria Guzman, an assistant federal public defender in Orlando, relished her role as the older sister who objected when their parents said they planned to name him Javier.
"He is named from my very favorite sitcom of the time, The Flying Nun," she said. "There was a character named Carlos — true story."
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch used the Bible from his investiture to administer the oath of office Friday.
"Don't worry, Barack Obama had this problem, too," Hirsch said when Guzman stumbled over the words.
Stefanie Mederos is one of Sheril Colombo's associates and mentees at Wilson Elser.
when Colombo was sworn in as the president of the Miami-Dade chapter of
the Florida Association for Women Lawyers on Thursday, Mederos was at
the front table — even though she just gave birth to her first child
five days before.
"It was important for me to be here," Mederos said. "I wasn't supposed to give birth until this week. My daughter came early."
200 people attended the annual installation and awards luncheon. Among
the guests were Colombo's 5-year-old daughter, Giada.
Miami partner, plans to push for equity for women in the legal
profession as president, help promote women for judgeships and serve as
lobbyist on legislative matters that affect women, such as the recently
vetoed alimony bill opposed by FAWL.
When a 7-year-old Ivonne Cuesta reached U.S. soil during the 1980
Mariel boatlift, she was handed things she had never seen before — a can
of Coke and a red apple. She asked her mother what they were and was
told "symbols of democracy."
The new Miami-Dade County Court judge got another Coke and apple Friday, this time in a plastic case to decorate her office.
don't remember if you said it was a Coke or a Diet Coke," County Court
Judge Don Cohn said as he presented the gift during Cuesta's investiture
Madeline Acosta of Acosta & Diaz in Miami Lakes said Cuesta's objectivity would make her a good judge.
never seen her lose her temper. I've seen her get mad, I've seen her
get upset, but I've never seen her lose her temper," Acosta said. Their
friendship started when both took their first legal jobs at the public
defender's office in 2001.
Cuesta, who is assigned to criminal
court in the Hialeah Courthouse, recalled how the late Circuit Judge
Julio Jimenez handled his courtroom.
"He let you practice your craft of lawyering, and he got out of the way. That's the kind of judge I want to be," Cuesta said.
4-year-old daughter led the assembled judges, family and friends in the
pledge of allegiance. Coral Gables attorney John Kozyak of Kozyak
Tropin & Throckmorton, who spoke at the ceremony, said he tried to
ease Acosta's concerns about being in the spotlight.
"I told her all they're going to remember is Emma doing the pledge," Kozyak said.