Bachelor of Science summa cum laude, Spring Hill College, 1967. Juris Doctor, University Florida, 1970. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Stetson University, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1987.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Florida International University, Miami, 1987. Doctor of Laws (honorary), John Marshall Law School, Chicago, 1990. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Southern Florida, Tampa, 1990.
Data Control Language (honorary), Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, 1990. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Rollins College, Orlando, Florida, 1992. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1992.
Private practice, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1971—1979. Judge 15th Judicial Circuit Court, Palm Beach County, 1979—1982, administrative judge civil division, 1982—1983, chief judge, 1983—1984. Appellate judge 4th District Court Appeal, West Palm Beach, 1984—1985.
Justice Supreme Court Florida, Tallahassee, 1985—1992, chief justice, 1992—1994. Circuit judge United States Court Appeals (11th circuit), Miami, since 1994. Board directors Lawyers for Children, United States Association Constitutional Law.
Faculty University Nevada, Reno, National Judicial College, Florida Judicial College, Appellate Judges Seminar, Institute Judicial Administration, New York University. Lecturer in field; visiting committee Miami University Law School. Board visitors St. Thomas University.
Fellow: American Bar Association (Minority Justice Honoree 1992). Member: Florida Commission on Status of Women, Dade Marine Institute, Federal Judges Association, American Law Institute, Association Trial Lawyers American (Achievement award 1986), Academy Florida Trial Lawyers (Achievement award 1988, Rosemary Barkett award named in her honor 1992), Palm Beach Marine Institute, National Association Women Judges (Honoree of Year 1999), Florida Association Women Lawyers (Judge Mattie Belle Davis award 1991, Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement award named in her honor 1999), American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers (award 1984), Palm Beach County Bar Association, Florida Bar Association.