Lenore Carrero Nesbitt

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Lenore Carrero Nesbitt (July 19, 1932 – October 6, 2001) was an American lawyer and judge.

Nesbitt was born in 1932 in Miami, Florida. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Stephens College in 1952, her Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in 1954, and her LL.B. from University of Miami School of Law in 1957. She graduated first in her law school class, at a time when there were very few women lawyers.

From 1957 to 1959 Nesbitt was a research assistant for the Florida First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.

She was in private practice in Miami from 1960 to 1963, and was special assistant state attorney general from 1961 to 1963. She was research assistant for Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida (Dade County) from 1963 to 1965. Nesbitt resumed private practice in Miami in 1969. She was counsel for the special general counsel for the Florida State Board of Medical Examiners from 1970 to 1971. Nesbitt served as a judge for the Eleventh Circuit from 1975 to 1982.

President Ronald Reagan nominated Nesbitt to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on October 31, 1983, to the seat vacated by C. Clyde Atkins. Confirmed by the Senate on November 15, 1983, she received commission the following day.

Nesbitt assumed senior status on July 19, 1998. She remained on the court until her death from cancer in 2001 in Coral Gables.

Nesbitt served on the University of Miami board of trustees. She was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 2001. The Lenore Carrero Nesbitt Public Service Scholarship was established at the University of Miami School of Law in her honor.[1]

Her husband Joseph Nesbitt was a judge on the Florida Third District Court of Appeal.[2]



External links[edit]

  • Profile from the Florida Women's Hall of Fame
Legal offices
Preceded by
C. Clyde Atkins
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Succeeded by
Adalberto Jordan