Circuit Court Judge Lisa Porter is well aware that the judiciary in Broward has taken an image hit in the past few years, with judicial conduct on and off the bench often dominating the headlines.
Porter wants to make an effort to improve the public's perception of the judiciary. She has earned an opportunity to continue towards that goal, and the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board recommends she be retained for the Group 47 seat.
Porter, 47, was appointed to her position two years ago by Gov. Charlie Crist. She is currently assigned to the dependency division, with cases involving the abuse, abandonment and neglect of children. She prides herself on good management skills, running an efficient docket, and most important, good people skills. She emphasizes that, as a judge, she is in a position to make a real difference in people's lives.
Prior to her appointment, she was an assistant state attorney for seven years, and then assistant statewide prosecutor for the Florida Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution. While there, her duties included investigation and prosecution of organized crime enterprises. She tried over 200 cases as a prosecutor.