The Honorable Elizabeth Scherer – Board Member
Judge Elizabeth Scherer was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Broward Circuit Court bench on December 13, 2012. Judge Scherer spent her first 2 years on the bench in dependency court, presiding over cases involving the abuse, abandonment, and neglect of children. She was honored by the Guardian Ad Litem Program as the “Judicial Advocate of the Year” in 2014. Currently, Judge Scherer is assigned to circuit criminal court, where she presides over felony cases, including capital cases. She was qualified by the Florida Supreme Court to preside over death penalty cases in November 2014.
Prior to her appointment to the Broward bench, Judge Scherer worked as an Assistant State Attorney under Broward State Attorney Michael J. Satz, for 11 years. During her last 6 years at the Broward State Attorney’s Office, Judge Scherer was assigned to the Career Criminal Unit, prosecuting violent habitual felony offenders. She tried over 70 jury trials, which included charges of Murder, Armed Home Invasion Robbery, Carjacking, and Arson. Judge Scherer is a graduate of the University of Miami School of law (“UM”), where she was the recipient of the “book award” in both Trial Advocacy, and Pre-trial Litigation. She has worked as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University School of Law, teaching various litigation and moot court classes. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at UM, teaching litigation skills.
Judge Scherer also serves on the Board of Directors of the Saint Anthony School Foundation for Education. She is actively involved at St. Anthony Catholic Church and School, where her daughter “Sophia” is a fourth grade student. In 2015, Judge Scherer accepted an invitation to become a faculty member at St. Anthony, where she volunteers teaching a moot court class to middle school students.