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Northwestern grad now a FL circuit court judge

caines | 11/15/2012, 5 a.m.

Governor appoints Judge Rodney Smith to the bench When you look at the children attending Olinda Elementary School or Charles R. Drew Middle School in Liberty City, just think you might be looking at the next Circuit Court judge. And such is the case with Rodney Smith a 1992 graduate of Miami Northwestern Senior High School who was recently elevated to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. The investiture, or ceremony to install Judge Smith into office, was held on September 28th at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse and featured an impressive display of the march of Miami-Dade County's judges, political and civil dignitaries, legal colleagues and family members. Smith was also supported by fraternity brothers from Kappa Alpha Psi. They were all on hand to salute one of Liberty City's own sons. Smith is a 1996 cum laude graduate of FAMU and a 1999 graduate of Michigan State University College of Law. His wife, Tangelia, stood by his side along with their two children, Morgan and Bryce. And just as impressive as seeing one of Liberty City's finest sons receive the robe of a Circuit Court judge, was the sight of three young boys, also from Liberty City, that started the ceremony with a command for all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance. The boys dressed in crisp uniforms, represented members of Liberty City Boy Scout Troop #204 the same troop where Smith has served as assistant scoutmaster since 1992. Smith also holds the distinction of being the troops first Eagle Scout a feat he accomplished in 1989 at the age of 14. By Gregory W. Wrightg.w.wright@hotmail.com