Judge Peggy A. Quince
Judge Peggy A. Quince was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on January 3, 1948. She is married to Fred L. Buckine, Esquire, and they have two daughters, Peggy LaVerne and Laura LaVerne. She graduated in 1970 from Howard University with a B.S. degree in Zoology; she received her J.D. degree from the Catholic University of America in 1975. While a student she was active in Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the Black American Law Students Association. She received the Corpus Juris Secundum award for their work with the Neighborhood Legal Services Clinic.
Judge Quince began her legal career in Washington, D.C. as a hearing officer with the Rental Accommodations Office administering that city's new rent control law. In 1977 she entered private practice in Norfolk, Virginia, with special emphasis in real estate and domestic relations.
She moved to Florida in 1978 and opened a law office in Bradenton, Florida, where she practiced general civil law until 1980. In February 1980, Judge Quince began her tenure with the Attorney General's Office, Criminal Division. As an assistant attorney general, she handled numerous appeals, including death penalty cases, in the Second District Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Her thirteen and a half year tenure at that office included five years as the Tampa Bureau Chief.
Judge Quince is a member of the Florida Bar, Virginia State Bar, the National Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, the Tampa Bay Inn of Court, and the George Edgecomb Bar Association,. Judge Quince's Florida Bar activities include membership on the Gender Equality Committee, the Criminal Law Certification Committee and the Executive Committee of the Government Lawyers Section. She is also a member of the Judicial Management Council and chair of the JMC Committee on Performance and Accountability. She has lectured at a number of CLE programs on issues involving search and seizure, probation and parole, the use of peremptory challenges, and various appellate issues.
Judge Quince was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal by Governor Lawton Chiles to a term effective January 4, 1194, and was retained by the voters in 1996.