U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Gerald Tjoflat swears in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Cynthia Carson Jackson on Friday at the Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse. Her husband, Dale, holds two Bibles — one from her father, former Jacksonville Sheriff Dale Carson, and one from her mother, Dr. Doris Carson.
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit Chief Judge Joel Dubina, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Karen Jennemann; U.S. District Court Chief Judge Anne Conway and U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Jerry Funk all spoke at the investiture congratulating Jackson on her appointment to the bench.
Monday, June 24, 10:48 AM EDT
by Joe Wilhelm Jr., Staff Writer
After nearly 30 years focusing on bankruptcy and insolvency matters as an attorney with Smith Hulsey & Busey, Cynthia Carson Jackson was sworn in Friday as a judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Daughter of late Jacksonville Sheriff Dale Carson and Dr. Doris Carson, Jackson was appointed March 5 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which appoints all bankruptcy judges in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
Including Jackson, there are nine bankruptcy judges sitting in the Middle District of Florida, which stretches from Jacksonville to Fort Myers.
She replaces retiring Judge Arthur Briskman in the Orlando Division.
Before Jackson was one of 35 applicants for the seat on the bench in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, she represented debtors, creditors, committees, and trustees in commercial and consumer cases at Smith Hulsey & Busey where she was mentored by its current chairman, Stephen Busey.
“Cyndi has made me a better lawyer and a better person, most importantly, a better person,” said Busey.
Jackson attended Tulane University, received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in 1981, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1984.