Nikki Clark who took the stand Friday afternoon, was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist last month. Clark was the first African American woman to serve in the second judicial circuit--taking the bench in 1993. She is also known for her work on the family court trying to help abused and neglected kids and bolster adoptions.
Friday she assumed her new role with the appeals court, thanking her family in the words of Maya Angelou. "Because you believe in me I try. Because you wish for me, I achieve. For everything good in me, I honor you." said Clark.
The First District Court of Appeal says on average, it swears in a new judge every two years.