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University of Florida Supreme Court Appoints 25-Year-Old Britney Deas As Its First Black Woman As Chief Justice

Britney Deas

In a historic move, the University of Florida (UF) Supreme Court has appointed Britney Deas as its first Black woman chief justice.

At just 25 years old, Deas, a Haitian UF Levin College of Law student, has shattered barriers and made waves in her career path, marking a significant milestone for representation and diversity within the university’s legal system.

Deas, a native Floridian who hails from Miami and currently resides in Gainesville, received the groundbreaking news via email, sparking a moment of joy and accomplishment.

The announcement, made on Jan. 31, 2024, coincided with the onset of Black History Month, adding a deeper layer of significance to her achievement.

Reflecting on the importance of Black history and representation, Deas emphasized that her appointment serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of African Americans and their contributions to American society.

“Black history is American history,” she remarked, underscoring the need for ongoing recognition and celebration of Black achievements.

Having joined the UF Supreme Court as an associate justice in Spring 2023, Deas set her sights on the role of chief justice, a goal she realized in a remarkably short period. Now entrusted with new responsibilities, she is committed to upholding the principles of justice and fairness while serving as a beacon of inspiration for future generations.

Prior to her current position, Deas made history at the University of South Florida (USF) as the first Black woman to serve as student body president, breaking down barriers and paving the way for increased representation in student leadership roles. By Gee NY

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