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Barbara J. Pariente

Florida Supreme Court

Justice Pariente’s legal and judicial career has spanned over 40 years. She has been a Justice since 1997 and served as Chief Justice from 2004 through 2006. She has been a Floridian since 1973, having been born in New York City in 1948 and attended public schools in New York and New Jersey. She graduated with highest honors from Boston University. Justice Barbara J. Pariente She then attended George Washington University Law School, where she graduated fifth in her class in 1973, earning highest honors and membership in the Order of the Coif. She moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1973 for a two year judicial clerkship with United States District Court Judge Norman C. Roettger, Jr., of the Southern District of Florida.

After her judicial clerkship, Justice Pariente settled in West Palm Beach, where she joined the law firm of Cone, Wagner and Nugent in 1975 and became a partner in 1977. In 1983, she formed the law firm of Pariente & Silber, P.A. In both firms, she specialized in civil trial litigation. She earned certification by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer as well as nationally by The National Board of Trial Advocacy. She was awarded an AV rating, the highest available, by Martindale-Hubbell. During her eighteen years in private practice, Justice Pariente served on the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, the Florida Bar Civil Rules Committee, and the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission. She was instrumental in organizing Palm Beach County's first Bench-Bar Conference. She was a founding member and master of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and was very active in the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, serving on its Board of Directors for many years.

Professional Experience
Florida Supreme Court
- Current
Chief Justice 2004-2006 Since 2010, served as the Chief-Justice’s designee to the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet, appointed in 2011 to the Department of Children and Families’ Child Protection Transformation Advisory Board. Currently the Chair of the Supreme Court's Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Courts.
Fourth District Court of Appeal
Founding Member
Pariente & Silber, P.A.
Cone, Wagner and Nugent
Partner in 1977
judicial clerkship
Southern District Court of Florida
to Judge Norman C. Roettger, Jr.
Boston University
Honors: highest honors
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The George Washington University Law School
J.D. (1972) | Law
Honors: graduated fifth in her class in 1973, earning highest honors and membership in the Order of the Coif
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"Gracias Award"
Broward County Hispanic Bar Association
Distinguished Alumni Award
George Washington University
Jurist of the Year Award
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Lifetime Achievement Award
Florida Association of School Social Workers
Good Justice Government Award
Palm Beach County League of Women Voters
Visionary Award
Family Law Section of the Florida Bar
Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award
Jewish Museum of Florida
Distinguished Judicial Service Award
Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency
Law Day Speech Award
American Bar Association
Lifetime Achievement Award
Palm Beach County Jewish Federation
Civil Litigation Pro Bono Award
Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society
Professional Associations
National Association of Women Judges initiative, Informed Voters Project
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Florida Bar's Commission on the Legal Needs of Children
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Articles & Publications
"Teaching Them a Lesson"
Florida Bar Journal
"A Profession for the New Millennium: Restoring Public Trust and Confidence in Our System of Justice"
Florida Bar Journal
Websites & Blogs
Court biography
Florida Supreme Court
Contact & Map
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Tallahassee, FL 32399-1925
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