Judge Lody Jean
Judge Lody Jean was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court on November 16, 2018 by Governor Rick Scott. She became the first Haitian-American woman to serve on the Miami-Dade County Court. Born and raised in Haiti to Lebanese parents, she attended college at the University of Miami where she double majored in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Foreign Languages and obtained her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University. During law school, she worked with LSGMI on the Haitian Citizenship Project for individuals who needed assistance applying for naturalization, and she was the recipient of the Haitian Lawyers Association law school scholarship.
Judge Jean served as a prosecutor for over 8 years with the State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, first as an Assistant State Attorney, and then as a Felony Division Chief. As a Deputy Chief, she prosecuted homicide cases and supervised Assistant State Attorneys. Judge Jean then spent the next 6 years managing her own firm, with a focus on immigration, deportation and criminal defense matters. She has been very involved in the community over the years with various speaking engagements, volunteer activities, and active leadership positions with different organizations. Judge Jean is a past director of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center, Miami Children’s Corporation and is the Immediate Past President of the Haitian Lawyers Association.