Who or what inspired you to become a lawyer? My four siblings.
Other than your spouse, who inspires you now? My three daughters.
How do you relate your undergraduate degree to your practice on the bench? I majored in psychology. Listening conscientiously and considering a litigant’s perspective is helpful in my current assignment as a Family Law judge.
What community service have you pursued and why? I am a mentor with Take Stock in Children, working with a senior at Jackson High School. I also speak frequently at local high schools. It is critical to interact with our youth and explain the structure and importance of our government and the various roles therein.
Do you currently serve on the JBA in any committee? I serve on the Judicial Relations Committee and on the 4th Circuit Pro Bono Committee.
Do you have any leadership roles within the community? I am the current president of the Florida Family Law American Inn of Court.
What is your favorite book? Difficult to pick just one, but I’ll say “Beach Music” by Pat Conroy.
What is your favorite movie? “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
Do you have any special talents? None, zero, zilch. But I wouldn’t mind taking a stab at writing country songs.
If you weren’t a judge what do you think you’d be? After college I was a sports journalist, so perhaps something in that area.
Have you traveled anywhere exotic? My favorite trip was Turks and Caicos.
If you could meet someone from history, who would it be and why? George Washington, because he was a remarkable American and leader.
What’s your favorite food? Mexican
What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas