Florida 11th Circuit Court (Group 55)
Olanike “Nike” Adebayo will be a great addition to the Miami Dade County Judicial Bench. She is a graduate of Andrews High School, Stephens College and the University of Miami School of Law and has been practicing law for over 20 years. She is a former Miami Dade Assistant State Attorney and Legal Advisor for Miami-Dade Police Department.
Currently Nike, in addition to operating her own law firm, works for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, 3rd District of Florida, representing parents who have been charged with neglect of their children. Nike strives to keep families together by helping her clients with reunification with their children and learning better family life skills. She has opposition and really needs our support. She is a servant leader and her whole life has been about serving the community. She is a an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., with the Miami Alumni Chapter. She is the Past President of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, she is a past Judge for Teen Court and an 5000 Role Model Mentor.
Nike will make history if she wins an elected seat with opposition on the Miami-Dade Circuit Bench. In the nearly 109 year history of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, no black woman has successfully won an election with opposition to the Miami Dade Circuit Bench. Now to date, there has only been two black women to sit on the Miami Dade Circuit Court Bench. The 1st was appointed in the early 1990s (since retired) and the 2nd was only recently appointed in 2019. As of April 2020, another black female was elected judge with no opposition. So now the Circuit Court Bench has 2 black women. The County Court is a little better. Two black woman judge have successfully won an election to the County Bench and successfully defended that seat in an election, now retired. The Governor recently appointed 3 black women to to County Court Bench. As for the Miami Dade County judiciary as a whole, of the 123 judicial seats, 10 seats are held by black men and women.
While the Eleventh Judicial Circuit has made great strides in judicial diversity with many Hispanic and women holding seats on the bench, progress in black representation in the Eleventh Circuit has been a very slow road and the number of black judges continues to stay in the 7-9 range. The 2020 election offers a chance to increase these numbers with Nike’s election. She can’t do it without our support. If we want change and want to see progress for black judges, we must take an active role in assisting black judicial candidates win elections by supporting their campaigns with financial support. Nike deserve great support, not simply because she is a black women, but also because she is an exceptional candidate who will make us all proud.
Upcoming Primary Elections in Florida will be August 18, 2020