My Q & A with Jaianna Seaborne-Judicial candidate,
Palm Beach Co. Fl-group 12 ~
By Tara Pretends Eagle Weber
I had the pleasure of asking Jaianna Seaborne, running for Judge in Palm Beach Co, some important questions! As the August 18th election is just around the corner! I am grateful for this opportunity. I wish her the best of luck!
Jaianna is an attorney in private practice, a U. S. Navy veteran and a mother! See her full bio below from her site: www.seaborneforjudge.com
• Tell us why you became an attorney?
I truly have a passion for justice. As a child, when I watched the news or heard my parents speak of situations that struck me as unfair or, even, dangerous for some people while others benefitted, my sense of right andwrong would kick in. Over the years, I often found myself advocating, mediating or negotiating to find resolutions to a myriad of issues. While serving in the United States Air Force, I earned my undergraduate degree in Legal Administration. It was about this time that I decided that I owed it to myself to fulfill my dream and longterm goal of becoming an attorney. For me, this was a way to serve my community and to demonstrate to my son what ambition, planning, faith and tenacity could result in.
• Tell us why you chose to practice family law? What is the biggest challenge?
While my practice does include Family Law, it is not my sole focus. I have experience in several areas including criminal, personal injury and family. Family law is complex and sometimes nuanced. It deserves and requires specific knowledge, training and understanding of matters that fall under this auspice.
• What has been some of your "that's why I went to law school” moments/cases?
There are many. I am always thankful for the opportunity to assist people who find themselves in need of legal counsel in order for justice to be meted out. Some time ago, I participated in an event that allowed me to speak directly to a group of boys &young men of color about the impact of the decisions that they make today on their future. As a black law professional, I was proud to be an in the flesh role model.
• What motivated you to run for seat 12 judge PBC?
In this particular seat, there is a need for a judge who is fit, fair and knowledgeable of the law. The people of Palm Beach County deserve to have a judge who is interested in, capable of and committed to deciding cases in a consistent, unbiased and fair way. The people should also be able to count on the judge to treat each person with respect. Currently, we are lacking this.
• Why should PBC voters choose u over your opponent, Judge Debra Stephens?
Frankly, I am the better candidate. My opponent has had years to demonstrate her knowledge, skills and aptitude. Instead, her appearance, attitude and demeanor indicate fatigue, disrespect, disinterest and disregard. Recent polling clearly indicates that there has been a steady decline in key areas of my opponent’s courtroom behavior. My opponent either does not know or does not care about keeping abreast of and following the law because she has continued to sentence people based on a law that has not existed since 2012. This results in wasted taxpayer resources and diminishes the public’s confidence in the court.
• 3 qualities about you that would make you an effective judge?
First, I have respect for ALL people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, socio-economic standing, and/or gender identification/expression. Next, I am fully prepared and willing to listen to and hear the merits of each case to better ensure a just decision. Next, I believe that a judge should make every effort to stay abreast of the law and apply it appropriately. Finally, as a judge, it will be incumbent upon me to con- tinuously assess and adjust my attitude and behavior to create and maintain an atmosphere that is free from bias and animus; refuse to allow personal or professional fatigue or disillusionment to contaminate the courtroom climate.
• How do you think raising a son would impact your perspective on domestic violence cases?
Because of the nature of cases on which I would be called upon to rule, I cannot answer this question.
• Who are your role models?
My parents are definitely role-models. My father is a United States Navy veteran, and my mother is an ordained minister. They provided a hugely valuable blueprint for me and my siblings. I would be remiss to not mention Michelle Obama, in this regard, because of her legal background and her demonstrative experience as First Lady. Lastly, this list must include Ruth Bader Ginsberg, United States Supreme Court Justice. This woman exemplifies strength.
• Tell us what you like to do when you have a bit of time for you?
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially my son. I also find working out to be beneficial for my mind and body. In fact, I am a competitive bodybuilder.
• What do you say to brown and black girls, who are thinking about going into law?
I encourage brown and black women to never shy away from a career as a legal professional. However, it must be understood that the academic and professional requirements are not the only issues with which you will contend. Black and brown women make up only about 5% of those in this field. This means that we have to be fully prepared to be comfortable in our own skin, self-reliant and thick-skinned.