Jamaican-born attorney Jacqueline "Jackie" Powell is the only black candidate running for Broward County Judge (Group 19) this August. She migrated to the U.S. at the age of 16 and is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center.
Powell, a wife and mother of two, started her journey in law over 25 years ago as a legal assistant with the Law Firm of Gold & Heyer, P.A. which later became Heyer and Associates, P.A. During law school, she served as a certified legal intern at the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. Upon being admitted to the Florida Bar, she continued to work as an Assistant Public Defender for about eight years, representing clients in misdemeanor and felony cases, then ultimately becoming a supervising attorney for the county court division.
Powell spends some of her time outside the courtroom working at Gateway Church in Fort Lauderdale as a parishioner and has served as a the Youth Director and Associate Pastor of Outreach Ministry.