Jan. 11, 2019: Barbara Lagoa was appointed as a Florida State Supreme Court Judge by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, effective immediately. Lagoa succeeds retiring Judge R. Fred Lewis. Lagoa is the first Hispanic woman in history to be a Florida State Supreme Court Judge. Lagoa is a Cuban-American from Hialeah, Florida. She was most recently a Florida Third District Court of Appeals Judge. She was appointed to that position by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 2006. Lagoa graduated from Florida International University in 1989, and she graduated from the Columbia University School of Law in 1992. Lagoa previously worked at several law firms in Miami, including Greenberg Traurig and Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. In 2003, Lagoa joined the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in Miami as an Assistant United States Attorney, where she worked until her appointment to the bench in 2006. During her twelve years on the appellate bench, Lagoa heard more than 11,000 cases and issued more than 470 written opinions.