Stetson professors, alumni, overseer honored as “Hidden Figures” by Tampa’s U.S. District Court

Stetson University College of Law professors, alumni, and a college overseer were honored as “Hidden Figures” among more than 30 legal leaders in Tampa Bay by the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida on Feb. 8.

Professor Dorothea Beane.

Professor Dorothea Beane.

Professor of Law Dorothea Beane was honored as the first tenured minority professor and Professor of Law Luz Nagle was honored as the first tenured Hispanic professor at Stetson University College of Law during the special program in Tampa celebrating pioneering firsts.

Ruthann Robson, a Stetson Hall of Fame inductee and visiting professor and alumna, was honored as one of the first female judicial law clerks in the Tampa Federal Courthouse.

Professor of Law Luz Nagle.

Professor Law Luz Nagle.

Stetson Law alumni honored among Tampa Bay firsts included Emmy Acton, the first female Hillsborough County judge; Pam Bondi, honored as the first female attorney general of Florida; Judge Susan Bucklew, honored as the first female county judge in Hillsborough County; Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich, the first woman jurist in Tampa Bay, elected to the Sixth Judicial Circuit; Judge Mac McCoy, the first openly gay person to be sworn in as a federal judge in the Middle District of Florida;  Judge Catherine McEwen, the first female appointed U.S. bankruptcy judge in the Tampa division of the Middle District of Florida; and Marsha Rydberg, the first female president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Justice Peggy Quince, an overseer at Stetson Law, was honored for being the first African-American woman to lead a branch of government, serving as chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

Read more in the Tampa Bay Times.