DEGREES: University of North Carolina, B.A., 1971; University of North Carolina Law School, J.D., 1974.

LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1998-present; Circuit Court Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, 1995-98; County Court Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, 1991-95; Private Practice, Carole Yvonne Taylor, P.A., 1984-91; Private Practice, Sams, Ward, Newman, Beckham & Elser, P.A., Miami, 1983-84; Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1982-83; Assistant Public Defender, 1979-82; Associate University Attorney, University of Florida, 1977-79; Staff Attorney, New Hanover Legal Services, 1976-77; Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Durham County, 1974-76.

JUDICIAL & BAR ACTIVITIES: Member of The North Carolina Bar (1974-present); Member of The Florida Bar (1977-present); Member of Federal Courts in Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina and Northern and Southern Districts of Florida; Member of 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; National Bar Association-Florida Chapter, Vice-President (1980-81); Florida Association of Women Lawyers; T. J. Reddick Bar Association, Founding Member and Vice-President (1987); F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association; Broward County Bar Association; Palm Beach County Bar Association; Federal Bar Association (1982-84); Eighth Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission (1978); Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee (1993-95), Florida Conference of County Court Judges (1991-95), Conference of Circuit Court Judges(1995-98), and Florida Conference of Appellate Judges (1998-present).

OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, Broward County United Way Budget Committee, Board of Directors, Jack & Jill Nursery, Inc., Board of Directors, Urban League, Leadership Broward IV, Junior League, Broward County Charter Review Commission Subcommittee, Broward County Community Development Division Planning Project Review Committee, Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School Student Advisory Committee.

HONORS AND AWARDS: Broward County Women's Hall of Fame, 1999.