Charles T. Wells
Charles T. Wells is the current chief justice of Florida's Supreme Court.
Originally appointed in 1994 by Gov. Chiles, Wells began his two-year
stint as chief justice in July. Wells, 61, is a native Floridian and
has 28 years of experience in private legal practice but had not previously
served as a judge.
R. Fred Lewis
R. Fred Lewis was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Chiles in December
1998. Born in West Virginia, Lewis attended college and law school in
Florida. He won an NCAA post-graduate grant as one of the nation's top
scholar-athletes and also graduated top of his class from the United
States Army A.G. School, which he attended after law school. Lewis,
52, worked in private practice until his Supreme Court appointment.
Peggy A. Quince
Peggy Quince was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in December
1998 by Gov. Chiles and Republican Governor-elect Jeb Bush. Quince,
52, is the first black woman on the state Supreme Court. She received
her degrees from Howard University and the Catholic University of America.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Quince moved to Florida in 1978 to open a
law office and practice general civil law.
Leander J. Shaw
Leander Shaw is the Supreme Court's most senior justice. Former Governor
and current Senator Bob Graham, a Democrat, appointed Shaw in 1983.
Shaw, 70, served as chief justice from 1990 to 1992. Born in Virginia,
he earned his law degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and
moved to Florida to teach law at Florida A&M University.
Major B. Harding
Gov. Chiles named Major Harding to the Supreme Court in January 1991.
Florida voters retained him to a six-year term that began in 1999 and
he finished a turn as chief justice in June 2000. Harding, 65, is a
native of Charlotte, N.C. He first joined Florida's bench in 1968 as
a county juvenile court judge.
Barbara J. Pariente
Appointed in December 1997 by Gov. Chiles, Pariente is one of two women
on the Supreme Court. Pariente, 51, is a native of New York and has
18 years of private practice experience. Her law degree is from George
Harry Lee Anstead
Harry Lee Anstead has served on the Supreme Court since his 1994 appointment
by Gov. Chiles. Anstead, 63, was born in Jacksonville and earned a law
degree from the University of Florida and an advanced degree from the
University of Virginia. Before law school he served with the National
Security Agency in Washington, D.C.