Caryn served as a Miami-Dade County Court Judge and Acting Circuit Court Judge in the Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family Divisions of the 11th Judicial Circuit and also served as a Florida Bar Referee for attorney disciplinary proceedings during her 26 years on the bench until she retired in December, 2018. Caryn is now certified by the Florida Supreme Court to preside as a Senior Judge over all County and Circuit Court cases throughout Florida. Prior to her election to the bench, Caryn practiced law as a tax attorney with large firms in Sacramento, California and in Miami with Steel Hector & Davis (now int’l firm of Squire Patton Boggs), and Nelson & Nelson, P.A. (during which time Barry Nelson’s law firm merged with Buchanan Ingersol, now int’l firm of Buchanan Ingersol & Rooney, P.A.). Caryn graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Pychology, then attended Florida International University for 2 years for her certification to teach science and math at the high school level and was a high school biology and algebra teacher for 10 years. Caryn received her J.D. with Honors from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Caryn is licensed to practice law in Florida, California & Colorado, and before the US Supreme Court, US Tax Court and US District Court, Eastern District of California.
Caryn has been active in numerous legal organizations during her 26 years on the bench, including as a Supervising Judge: in the Advanced Academic Internship Program with the Miami-Dade County Public School System and in conjunction with high schools which offer the internship as the student’s last period course [Honors and Executive Internship Program offered by Miami-Dade Public Schools (HEIP)]; for many law school students and several high school students who have worked as interns for Caryn; and for students in the University of Miami Judicial Internship Program. Caryn continues to serve as a Committee member of the Shelley Kravitz Scholarship Committee, the purpose of which is to provide educational opportunities for women law students by selecting recipients for scholarships annually who demonstrate financial need, community involvement, and scholastic merit.
Some of the community, educational and charitable organizations in which Caryn has been involved include: Chaperone, Leo Martin International Teen March of the Living (LMMOL), 2014, an annual 2 week educational program in Poland and Israel,which brings thousands of students, worldwide, to study the history of the Holocaust, visit death and work camps in Poland, interact with Holocaust survivors, examine the roots of intolerance and hate; and to learn about the history, people, traditions, and cultures of Israel, and has served on the Interview Committee for LMMOL each year since 2015. Caryn was a member of the Israel Ride 2013 – in which participants cycled on a five day journey in Israel for the Arava Institute For Environmental Studies and Hazon, to promote peace and sustainable communities for future generations in the Middle East and around the world. Caryn was a Member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Team in Training Tahoe Cycling Team 2010 and Intracoastal Cycling Team 2010 in which she trained for and completed a 100 mile bike ride for LLS for each ride. Caryn is a Committee Member and Participant in the THE ELYSE MARCUS LEGACY FOUNDATION, INC. dba LIVE. LOVE. GIVE., which raises money at biannual events and throughout the year to provide for those in need, including school supplies for children, Thanksgiving and other holiday meals to the elderly and to families and to provide other items of necessity to families and individuals.