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January 25, 2019  RSS feed
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Jewish judge named to state high court, a first in 20 years


Gov. Ron DeSantis congratulates Judge Robert Luck on his appointment as a justice of the state Supreme Court. The announcement was made at the Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach. Gov. Ron DeSantis congratulates Judge Robert Luck on his appointment as a justice of the state Supreme Court. The announcement was made at the Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach. (JTA) — A Jewish judge in Miami was named to the Florida Supreme Court at the Jewish day school where he attended kindergarten, finishing the ceremony by reciting a Jewish prayer.

The appointment of Robert Luck, 39, was announced Jan. 14 at the Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach. Luck’s children attend the school.

Luck, who now serves on the Third District Court of Appeal, is the first Jewish justice appointed to Florida’s highest court in 20 years, according to the Miami Herald.

Luck, known as a conservative, is a former Miami federal prosecutor and circuit court judge.

He recited a blessing from the Amidah prayer, Politico reported: “You grace humans with wisdom and teach humanity perception. Bestow upon us Your knowledge, insight and understanding. Blessed are you the grantor of wisdom.”


Justice Robert Luck Justice Robert Luck Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, was on hand for the announcement, which featured a large Israeli flag displayed behind the lectern.

The Zionist Organization of America praised the appointment, saying Luck “strongly respects the rule of law and will not be an ‘activist’ judge who ignores what the framers and legislators intended.”

“It is a great privilege for me to appoint Robert Luck to the Florida Supreme Court. Justice Luck has a public servant’s heart and a deep understanding of the constitutional separation of powers and the proper role of the courts,” said DeSantis. “Not only will he be a formidable force on the Florida Supreme Court, I think he will immediately command the respect of his colleagues and Florida’s judicial community.”

Luck was born and raised in Miami-Dade County and graduated from North Miami Beach Senior High School. He was appointed to the Florida Third District Court of Appeal by Gov. Rick Scott, taking his seat in March. As a trial court judge, Luck tried 70 jury trials and heard dozens of appeals from the county court and municipal agencies.

Prior to his judgeships, Luck served as an assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and tried 19 cases before the federal district court and argued three appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics with honors and his juris doctor from the University of Florida.

Information from the office of Gov. DeSantis was used in this report.


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