2022 Informed Voters Project Brings Broward Students to the Courthouse

Last Friday, the Broward County Courthouse hosted 60 students from schools across the county participating in the Informed Voters Project, a national initiative developed to educate the public about the constitutional role of the judicial branch and to protect the courts from outside influence. Judges and attorneys volunteered their time to lead group sessions in different courtrooms, engaging the students in activities including Judicial Jeopardy, Judicial Bingo, and Judicial Q&A.

Thank you to all the judges and attorneys who volunteered, and the staff who put it all together!

Court Administrator Kathy Pugh, Esq. Receives 2022 Commitment to Justice Award

Congratulations to the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit’s Trial Court Administrator on receiving the 2022 Commitment to Justice Award from Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida! The award honors members of the community whose work reflects and embodies the mission of CCLA to improve the lives of low income persons in our community through advocacy, education, representation and empowerment.

As a Trial Court Administrator for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Kathleen Pugh’s work certainly reflects and embodies the mission of CCLA. Ms. Pugh was instrumental in coordinating and advocating for space at the Courthouse for CCLA’s Family Court Self Advocacy Center (FCSAC), where thousands of self-represented litigants have been assisted since inception. In addition, during the pandemic, Broward’s 17th Judicial Circuit kept running, thanks to help from Kathleen and the entire Court Administration team. Court proceedings were transferred to Zoom, and our clients received important protection as injunction cases continued to be heard. We celebrate Kathleen Pugh for all that she’s done to assist our clients – and all that she and her team do that we don’t ever see.

Kathleen Pugh, Esq., has been Trial Court Administrator for Florida’s second-largest circuit court, the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, which serves all of Broward County since August 2011. The Trial Court Administrator assists the Chief Judge in carrying out the administrative duties of the court and ensures that the day-to-day operations of the court run smoothly, with the mission of the Seventeenth Circuit in mind. Kathleen came to this position with an extensive amount of education and work-related experience. A member of both the New York and Florida Bars, Kathleen worked as a senior court clerk and court attorney for the New York State Court System in Nassau County, NY before beginning her career with the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in 1999 as a staff attorney. Prior to becoming Trial Court Administrator, Kathleen supervised the circuit’s 16 staff attorneys.

Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Empire State College of the State University of New York, her Juris Doctor from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law School and her Master of Law degree from the University of Miami.