Judge Bucklew was appointed a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida in December 1993. She received her B.A. in 1964 from Florida State University, her M.A. in 1968 from the University of South Florida and her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in 1977. Following law school Judge Bucklew was house counsel for Jim Walter Corporation. She was appointed a County Court Judge in and for Hillsborough County in 1982 and a Circuit Court Judge in and for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in 1986. She is a master, organizing member and past president of the William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court and a master and organizing member of the Herbert G. Goldburg Criminal Law Inn of Court. She is currently a member of the Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure.