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History-making judge takes office

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By Alice Du Pont

An elated Barbara K. Hobbs became a Circuit Judge in the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida on Feb. 15 in a ceremony. Hundreds of people from throughout the 11 counties in the second judicial district attended the ceremony.

Hobbs was elected to the court during the General Election on Nov. 6, 2012. Hobbs, a Tallahassee native, carried Gadsden County by an overwhelming margin over her opponent.

A trial lawyer for more than 20 years, Hobbs said the ceremony was quite overwhelming.

“I thank God for my family and supporters because God has been leading me to this place,” she said.

“I am humbled. I have never been so humble in my life than I am today, said Hobbs. “I understand that I owe a debt to the young people of our community to be a mentor and role model through my deeds.”

Several presentation were made, including a gavel by Linda B. Edwards, president-elect of the Tallahassee Women’s lawyers Association; a clock presented by Mutaqee Akbar, president of the Tallahassee Barristers Association; an engraved Bible presented by Grant Slayden, trial court administrator of the second judicial circuit; and a robe presented by James E. Messer Jr., president of the Tallahassee Bar Association.

Hobbs’ sons, Justin C. Hayes and Alexander R. Hayes, had the honor of enrobing their mother.
The oath of office was administered by the Honorable Peggy A. Quince, Florida Supreme Court
Justice.