Beth Bloom (J. Albert Diaz)
Nobody can accuse the newest Miami federal judge of not paying her dues.
U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom attended community college and began her judicial career as a traffic magistrate.
On Monday, Bloom’s 52nd birthday, the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination by President Barack Obama on a 95-0 vote. She fills the seat vacated in December by U.S. District Judge Donald Graham, who took senior status.
She had the support of both of Florida’s U.S. senators: Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and Marco Rubio, a Republican.
“I am honored and humbled for the opportunity that has been given to me to continue my service to the community,” Bloom said. “I am immensely grateful to President Obama, Senators Nelson and Rubio, and the judicial nominating commission for the confidence they have placed in me. I am excited to get to work next week.”
She is the second federal judge confirmed for the Southern District of Florida in as many weeks. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin Gayles was approved last week as the first gay African-American man to serve on the federal bench.
Bloom attended Broward Community College and the University of Florida before getting her law degree at the University of Miami. She went to work for the law firm of Floyd, Pearson, Richman, Greer, Weil, Brumbaugh & Russomanno, now Richman Greer in Miami.
Bloom started on the bench as a traffic magistrate in 1992. She was appointed to county court in 1995 and circuit court in 2010.
She ranked high in a 2012 Dade County Bar Association judicial poll with a 96 percent favorable rating. Only Miami-Dade Circuit Judges Stanford Blake and Dennis Murphy ranked higher.
In response to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bloom said she has been active in teaching other judges as member of the Florida Judicial College. She also served for the past 15 years as the coordinator of the UM law school’s judicial internship program.
Bloom’s confirmation leaves the district with two openings.
Obama in February nominated Palm Beach Circuit Judge Robin L. Rosenberg to serve on the federal bench in Fort Pierce. She would replace Judge Adalberto Jordan, who was elevated to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
The Federal Judicial Nominating Commission is also taking applicants to replace U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum, who was confirmed in May to the appeals court.