Since the fall of 2008, Judge Karen has graced the airwaves as one of TVs most recognizable court show judges. She has a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her velvet robe, vintage brooches , and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the fool hardy, Judge Karen confidently dishes out justice to a national television audience in her show, “Supreme Justice with Judge Karen”. The show is currently in its third season in national syndication and also airing on the Justice Central Network carried on ATT Uverse an
Since the fall of 2008, Judge Karen has graced the airwaves as one of TVs most recognizable court show judges. She has a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her velvet robe, vintage brooches , and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the fool hardy, Judge Karen confidently dishes out justice to a national television audience in her show, “Supreme Justice with Judge Karen”. The show is currently in its third season in national syndication and also airing on the Justice Central Network carried on ATT Uverse and, beginning in 2016, on DirectTV. Judge Karen’s fans love her no-nonsense “mother wit” as well as her optimism, insights, and words of encouragement.
Born and raised in Miami, FL , Judge Karen completed her undergraduate education at the prestigious Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She also studied at the University of Wisconsin/Madison as well as the University of Minnesota/Minneapolis. She earned her law degree from the Levin School of Law at the University of Florida in 1987 and practiced family law and criminal defense law in Florida for 13 years. As an attorney she tried over 100 trials in state and federal court. She is a member of the World Jurist Organization, as well as a bar member of The Florida Bar, The American Bar Association, and The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. After practicing law in both the government and private sector, she was appointed to Traffic Magistrate by the Miami-Dade County Chief Judge in 1998. She also became a certified family court mediator during that time, resolving visitation, support, and divorce issues for fractured families.
Ultimately motivated by the lack of diversity she saw in the judicial system, Judge Karen decided to seek election for a judgeship in 2000 an took on running a county wide campaign. After a landslide victory, she was sworn in as a Miami Dade County Court Judge in January 2001. As a sitting judge, Judge Karen was assigned to the Misdemeanor Crimes, Criminal Traffic, and Domestic Violence divisions of the judicial system. Judge Karen was very vocal on the bench about the inequities she observed in the treatment and processing of young offenders. She made it her mission to support “at risk” children and young adults who were getting lost in the legal system. Inspired by her previous work at the public defender’s office in the juvenile division, she became known as an ardent backer of children’s advocacy programs and domestic violence prevention programs. She regularly called on lawyers to use their skills and resources to act on behalf of children in crisis.
As a television personality, Judge Karen has been invited as a commentator on legal matters for ABC , HLN, Fox News, Good Morning America, Nancy Grace, The Dr. Drew Show, The Tom Joyner Show/Cruise and as a guest on many local TV stations throughout the United States. She is also a regular guest speaker for churches, legal associations, women’s groups and non-profit organizations around the country on family and legal issues. For the past two years, Judge Karen has been focusing on civic undertakings. As a museum board member of MOCA, she has helped to develop the museum’s exhibitions, including its annual Art Basel presentation. She was also instrumental in bringing an “Art in Public Spaces” project to her city to help in fostering an appreciation of art and creative outlets to underserved communities. Judge Karen is an avid gardener who also loves to travel and entertain friends and family at home. She is the author of “Stay in Your Lane: Judge Karen's Guide to Living Your Best Life”, published by Random House Publishing.