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Before her death in October, U.S. District Senior Judge Lenore Carrero Nesbitt was asked how she would like to be remembered by her alma mater. She told friends and colleagues that having a scholarship in her name would have the most meaning for her. Now her wish is being fulfilled. The University of Miami law school has created a scholarship fund in Nesbitt’s name. But the honors don’t end there. Last week, Gov. Jeb Bush selected Nesbitt, along with two other Florida pioneers, for induction into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. She was chosen from 10 candidates nominated by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. Nesbitt died Oct. 6, following a long bout with brain cancer. Nesbitt broke through many of the barriers facing women lawyers and judges. She graduated first in her law class at the University of Miami in 1957, at a time when few women studied law. In 1975, she was one of the first women appointed to the bench in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. Her most famous case was the 1980 trial of five white police officers, who were charged in the beating death of Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance salesman. She ordered the trial moved from Miami to Tampa, calling the case “a time bomb.” In 1983, she was the first woman judge appointed to the U.S. District Court in Miami, where she rose to the rank of senior judge in 1999. Nesbitt’s family will determine the criteria for selecting the scholarship winner, says Carol Cope, the University of Miami’s assistant dean for external affairs. A committee will select the candidate who best reflects those attributes. The university hopes to raise $100,000 to fund the scholarship in Nesbitt’s name. Contributions can be made to the UM Law School/Nesbitt Scholarship Fund.

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