Meet Judge Fred Seraphin
A career one chooses, a calling one receives.
Judge Fred Seraphin answered the call to serve justice to the people of Miami-Dade County twenty-nine years ago when he started his life in the Miami Public Defender’s Office.
Fred Seraphin was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Injustice first left an indelible mark on his life soon after his birth. He was eleven (11) months old when his father, Franck, an opponent of dictator Papa Doc Duvalier, was taken from his family by the Tonton Macoutes. That was the last time Fred saw his dad; the dictator murdered Franck.
Franck received no due process, no trial, not even a formal accusation; the allegation is the government made him disappear. Fred’s mother was left to raise seven children by herself. She is his greatest Hero.
Duvalier allowed the family to leave Haiti gradually, and they sought refuge in the United States.
Fred reunited with his mother when he was eleven years old. He grew up in Jamaica, Queens, New York.
To understand justice, it helps to know injustice.
– Ask Judge Fred Seraphin
Injustice would again strike the family. Andre, the eldest of the siblings, decided to stay in Haiti became a victim of dictator Jean-Claude Baby Doc Duvalier. The latter had his Tonton Macoutes pick up Andre and lock him up for over five years as a political prisoner, with no due process, no formal accusation, no hearings before a judge, no trial.
They tortured and put him away to die in Fort Dimanche. By the grace of God, Andre survived and shared with his little brother the many horrors.
During his senior year at the City College of New York, Fred, incredibly enough, experienced injustice in a much more personal way. He was falsely accused of committing an armed robbery. “I spent what seemed like an eternity in jail but was actually almost two days. I had never been nor have I since been so afraid in my life. I was told they were going to send me to the notorious Rikers Island. To keep my sanity, I kept telling myself that this was ‘the education of Fred Seraphin’. There had to be a reason for this ordeal; I figured there had to be a lesson for me to learn’. There was indeed a lesson.
The case went to a grand jury returning a no true bill; the case was dismissed against Fred. He got the call. Life for Fred in the legal profession was going to be one dedicated to protecting, defending, guarding that ever so fragile gift, we often take for granted and call liberty. He entered law school with the goal of becoming a public defender to help those who, like him, did not have money to hire an attorney. Judge Fred Seraphin treasures justice. He is passionate about justice and protecting everyone’s rights.
Judge Seraphin obtained a Juris Doctor
ate degree at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and joined the Office of the Public Defender in Miami-Dade County in 1986. He was an Assistant Public Defender for many years before starting his practice. Later, he returned to his first love and passion, working as an Assistant Public Defender.
In 2001 the time had come, Fred would serve the people of Miami-Dade County as a Judge. Since then he has served in both the Civil and Criminal divisions of the Court. He has been and remains adamant about informing the public of their legal rights. Simultaneously while being of service as a County Court Judge; he was a faculty member at the Florida Judicial College and the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies. He spe
nt ten years as an adjunct professor at Barry University where he taught several undergraduate law courses.
As a Judge, he frequently speaks at local schools and is an active member of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, an organization dedicated to giving minority at-risk boys advice, guidance, and educational assistance. He serves as a mentor to several law students and young lawyers.
For many years, Judge Seraphin hosted various educational talk shows on radio and cable television. As a part of the “Community Connect” project of the Miami-Dade Courts, Judge Seraphin spearheads town hall meetings throughout Miami-Dade County to educate various communities about the Law and Court procedures and their rights.
Judge Seraphin is a loving father of two and married to his wife, Barbara, for 32 years.
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Seraphin Bernard · Anthony Box · Beatrice Cazeau, Esq. · Vladimir Champagne, Esq.
Richard Champagne, Esq. · Kertch Conze, P.A. · Dr. Marie Etienne
Stephanie Ducheine-Welsh, Esq. · Larry Handfield, Esq.
Keith Harrell · Dr. Yves Jodesty · Dotie Joseph, Esq.
Lody Jean, Esq. · Mark Lapointe, Esq. · Jeff Lozama
Patrick Martin, Esq. · Regine Monestime, Esq. · Soeurette Michel, Esq.
Dr. Larry Pierre · Cheryl Robinson, Esq. · Patricia SaintVil-Joseph, Esq.
Ronald Surin, Esq. · Dr. Cassandra Theramene · Frantz Vital, Esq.
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Richard Thierry Champagne
Reginald J. Clyne
Michael Diaz, Jr
Robert J. Fiore
Former Chief Judge, Joseph Farina
Tomas F. Gamba
Leroy G. Lee
John de Leon
Edwin O’Dell Corporate Director, Communications & Partnerships at Jackson Health System
Lucia C. Pineiro
Javier A. Reyes
Donard St. Jean
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Good afternoon Judge Seraphin, I was one of the students who attended Professor Borgenheimer’s end of the semester party the 30th of last month. I’m not sure if you remember me, but I was the one who asked you how you remained passionate at doing what you do and how you kept your humanity in spite of all the cases that came before you. First of all, I would like to thank you again for taking time out of your weekend to come and speak to us. I think a lot of people are quite fearful when it comes to the law and those that practice it, and that tends to close them off or prompt them to outright dismiss it. I honestly believe that you had a hand in changing that for those people in the room and further helped them realize that there was nothing to fear. Rather, you helped them see that the law was something to respect and appreciate. I found that the stories and answers you shared with us were resounding, more so than any other story I had heard from other judges and professionals in the field. At the risk of sounding a bit cliche, I’ve known and embraced the fact that I wanted the law to be a part of my life in some shape or form since I was in middle school, advancing into high school. This perspective still hasn’t changed, even with some of the obstacles I have recently had to overcome. In fact, I’d venture to say that it’s become even more resilient. Because of this, I’ve been seeking out mentors and professionals who have succeeded and persevered in ways that I would like to achieve in my career in order to learn from them. So, if it’s possible, I would very much like to keep in touch with you in the future. I look forward to hearing back from you and would like to thank you once more for engaging in dialogue with all of us.
Dear Judge, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to come visit our FIU Translation and Interpreting students today. Your visit was an invaluable experience for them! They had nothing but positive comments and are excited and psyched about getting into the courtroom. You were fantastic! Gracias!
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