Judge Teretha Lundy Thomas will be retiring on Aug. 31 after having served in the Miami-Dade County Court for decades. In her role presiding over the Miami-Dade County Court’s Civil Division, Thomas has made history. She was the first black woman to serve as an administrative judge in the Miami-Dade Circuit — a position she occupied from 2008 to 2018. Thomas, who was born in Miami, earned her law degree from the University of Miami and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1982.
Judge Andrew S. Hague will be retiring as a county court judge in December. Hague, who has lived in Miami since 1969, began serving on the county bench in January 1997. He would subsequently be re-elected three times without opposition. In addition to presiding as a county court judge in the criminal division, Hague also served as an acting judge for the criminal division of the Miami-Dade Circuit Court from 1999-2007. Prior to rising to the bench, Hague worked as a prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.
Judge Wendell Graham will be vacating his position as as county court judge effective Aug 31. Appointed to the judiciary by Former Gov. Lawton Chiles in May 1994, Graham spent nearly a quarter of a century on the bench. He had been a trial attorney and solo practitioner, as well as an Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade Circuit from 1983 to 1988.
County Court Judge Joseph Davis will be retiring effective Dec. 21. Davis assumed his role as a county court Judge in 2010. After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida in 1970, Davis went on to earn his J.D. from the Stetson University College of Law in 1973, the same year he was admitted to the Florida Bar. He served as the president of Markowitz Ringel Trusty & Hartog, then called Markowitz, Davis, Ringel & Trusty, from 1980-2010.
Judge Jerald Bagley retired from the Miami-Dade Circuit Court in March to open his own arbitration firm. He launched his new venture, J. Bagley Mediation Services, in April. Bagley had served on the bench for 23 years, following a 12-year career as an assistant state attorney. When he retired at 64, Bagley had dedicated nearly half his life — more than three decades — to the legal profession.


County Court Judge Mary Jo Francis will be retiring after 17 years on the bench. Francis attended the University of Miami both as an undergraduate and to obtain her law degree. She worked for the Public Defender’s Office until being elected county court judge in 2000.
Judge Cindy Lederman announced her retirement in July 2018. Lederman served on the Children's Court division for 25 years and made waves within the division for several reforms. She will serve her last day on December 21, 2018.
Circuit Judge Antonio Marin resigned March 9. He was elected to the bench in 2006 and had previously practiced law as an Assistant State Attorney and trial lawyer in private practice. Marin earned his degree from the Nova University School of Law in 1984.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stephen Thomas Millan resigned on Aug. 3 during an investigation of alleged judicial misconduct. He began his term in January 2015 and had worked as an attorney for the Cochran Firm, in addition to a stint with the Office of the State Attorney as an assistant state attorney from 1990-1997. He left office amid an ethics probe for allegedly directing racial slurs at black defendants.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy will be retiring about 18 years after being elected to the bench. Murphy assumed the bench in early 2001 and had spent almost two decades as a trial attorney prior to his election.


Miami-Dade County Court Judge Caryn Canner Schwartz will be retiring after about a quarter of a century spent as a judge. Prior to becoming a county judge in 1993 Schwartz practiced law with several South Florida firms, including Steel Hector & Davis in Miami, and Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, then just known as Buchanan Ingersoll.
Miami-Dade County Court Judge Deborah White-Labora is scheduled to retire from the judiciary in November. She is facing a public reprimand for writing a character reference letter in support of a defendant before his sentencing. The judge has been a pioneer among South Florida's judiciary. When Miami-Dade Circuit Court created the nation’s first drug court, White-Labora was an early contributor. She served in the adult felony division from 2008 to 2012.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel submitted her notice of resignation to Gov. Rick Scott in April. Her last day on the bench was May 31. The judge, who was perhaps best known for striking down Florida’s ban on gay marriage in January 2015, resigned after her husband had been charged with several felonies as well as an inquiry by the Judicial Qualifications Commission into her own ethics.
Miami-Dade County Court Judge Shelley Kravitz died of heart disease on Jan. 2 at age 64. Kravitz had served on the county court bench for 25 years, during which time she worked in the domestic violence and criminal divisions. A Miami Beach native, Kravitz was serving in the civil division when she died.

Just as 15 attorneys are gearing to begin the next phase of their career as part of the Miami-Dade judiciary, several of their robed peers are looking ahead and planning a life outside of it. 

Here are the Miami-Dade judges who have retired in 2018, as well as those who will soon join them by the end of the year.

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