Barbara Lagoa, a Cuban-American who spent the majority of her judicial profession in Florida’s state courts, has emerged as a number one potential U.S. Supreme Courtroom choose who might mobilize voters in a key battleground state.
If nominated and confirmed, Choose Lagoa would carry an atypical background to the excessive court docket: The one youngster of Cuban exiles, she attended a public college and has restricted expertise within the federal court docket system. She spent greater than a decade on an intermediate state appeals court docket, a quick stint on her state’s highest court docket and has been on the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals for lower than a 12 months. She could be the U.S. Supreme Courtroom’s second Latina justice, after Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who’s a part of the court docket’s liberal wing.
“Not like each different justice on the court docket, her formative expertise and networks will not be primarily based round New York and D.C.,” mentioned Jesse Panuccio, a longtime acquaintance who served as a normal counsel to former Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “She’s comfy in that world, however on the finish of the day, she grew up in Hialeah and went again to Miami.”