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Peggy Ann Quince

Florida Supreme Court
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Biography

Justice Peggy A. Quince was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1948. She has two daughters, Peggy LaVerne, a graduate of Florida A & M University, and Laura LaVerne, a graduate of the University of Central Florida. Justice Quince graduated in 1970 from Howard University with a B.S. Degree in Zoology; she received her J.D. Degree from the Catholic University of America in 1975. While a law student she was active in Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the Black American Law Students Association; she received an award for her work with Catholic's Neighborhood Legal Services Clinic. In 1999, she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the Stetson University College of Law. In 2004, she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from St. Thomas University School of Law and Nova. Justice Quince began her legal career in Washington, D.C. as a hearing officer with the Rental Accommodations Office administering that city's new rent control law. In 1977 she entered private practice in Norfolk, Virginia, with special emphasis in real estate and domestic relations.

She moved to Florida in 1978 and opened a law office in Bradenton, Florida, where she practiced general civil law until 1980. In February, 1980, Justice Quince began her tenure with the Attorney General's Office, Criminal Division. As an assistant attorney general she handled numerous appeals in the Second District Court of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, including death penalty cases, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Her thirteen and a half year tenure at that office included five years as the Tampa Bureau Chief. Additionally, three years were spent handling death penalty cases exclusively, on direct appeal and in postconviction proceedings.

Justice Quince is a member of The Florida Bar, Virginia State Bar, the National Bar Association, the Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and the William H. Stafford Inn of Court.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
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Professional Experience
Justice
Florida Supreme Court
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Judge
Second District Court of Appeal
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Assistant Attorney General
Attorney General's Office, Criminal Division
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As an assistant attorney general she handled numerous appeals in the Second District Court of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, including death penalty cases, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Her thirteen and a half year tenure at that office included five years as the Tampa Bureau Chief. Additionally, three years were spent handling death penalty cases exclusively, on direct appeal and in postconviction proceedings.
Education
St. Thomas University School of Law and Nova
Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (2004)
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Stetson University
Honorary Doctor of Law degree (1999)
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The Catholic University of America
J.D. (1975) | Law
Activities: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Black American Law Students Association
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Howard University
B.S. (1970) | Zoology
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Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Florida Bar's Government Lawyer Section
Florida Women's Hall of Fame award
Florida Commission on the Status of Women
Florida Women's Hall of Fame award
Florida Commission on the Status of Women
Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award
ABA
Outstanding School Volunteer Award
Rickards High School
Black Law Student Association Alumni Achievement Award
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Various
Additional
2005 Key to the City of Winter Haven; 2005 Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award; 2004 Key to the City of Panama City, Florida; 2004 Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Black Law Student Association Alumni Achievement Award; 2004 Lee County Association for Women Lawyers and the Lee County Bar Association Award for dedication to the promotion of equality in law and outstanding service as a distinguished member of the Florida judiciary; 2002 Florida Bar Equal Opportunities in the Profession Award; 2002 Florida Girls State Award; 2003 Helping Hand Award; 2003 Southern Women in Public Service Pacesetter Award; 2003 Florida Girls State Award; 2003 Pioneering the Future in our Community Award; 2003 Outstanding Jurist and Howard University Alumna Award; 2001 William H. Hastie Award from the National Bar Association Judicial Council; National Bar Association Presidential Achievement Award; Girl Scouts, Woman of Distinction Award, 2001
Professional Associations
Appellate Section of The Florida Bar
executive counsel
Current
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Small Claims Rules Committee and the Supreme Court Library Committee
Supreme Court liaison
Current
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State Courts System Advisory Committees; Commission on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability, the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Task Force and the Local Rules Advisory Committee
Liaison
Current
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Florida State Bar  # 261041
Member
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Court biography
Website
Florida Supreme Court
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Mailing address
500 South Duval Street
Tallahassee , FL 32399-1925
Telephone: (850) 922-5624
500 S Duval St
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Telephone: (850) 922-5624
Fax: (850) 487-2823