Honorable Rodney Smith, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida

Article by Antonio Sanchez

Family, neighbors and friends, please join me as we celebrate one of our own. It is with great pleasure that the Patio Homes Board along with the Master Board recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments and achievements of one of our residence, the Honorable Rodney Smith, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

Judge Smith was raised in the Liberty City community of Miami, Florida where he graduated with honors from Miami Northwestern Senior High School. He is a 1996, cum laude graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and also a 1999, cum laude graduate of Michigan State University College of Law. In 2008, the Honorable Rodney Smith was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court at 33 by Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Four years later, Governor Rick Scott elevated Judge Smith to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. In 2014, the Miami-Dade County voters overwhelmingly elected Judge Smith to serve another term. On May 7, 2018, President Donald Trump nominated Smith to a seat on the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

On November 1, 2018 during his formal investiture, I along with over 500 community residents, professionals, family members and friends witnessed history as Judge Rodney Smith was formally sworn into office. Throughout the ceremony, the speakers recounted their relationship with Judge Smith, his accolades and often recounted precious memories. Many shared how his humble beginnings and struggles as a youth in Liberty City, Florida did not define who he would become. Judge Smith used his beginnings as a catalyst for his future. Judge Smith serves in several community organizations. He is an Eagle Scout and a Boy Scoutmaster.

As a board and community member, we salute Federal Judge Rodney Smith on his lifetime appointment. We are proud of the man, his spirit, attitude and his achievements as a leader. We are grateful for the model that he has provided for the youth and others to follow.

Again, we salute the Honorable Rodney Smith!! Congratulations and best wishes on this milestone achievement.

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