Justice Peggy A Quince will be the keynote speaker on October 8, 2011 at the meeting of the Panhandle Area Council American Business Women’s Association. The Emerald Coast Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association is hosting the event.

The meeting will be at the Holiday Inn Resort on Okaloosa Island. There will be a morning session with local speakers. Lisa Jo Spencer current chair of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Houchins TDC board member and past chair of the Great Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Patricia Payne Retired Sgt. Major and current chair for the Great Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Cultural Awareness Committee, Dr. Karyn Combs Retired Msgt and current Principal of Eglin Elementary School and Tammy McDaniel-President/Owner of Tammy’s Journey’s Travel Agent and Past Chair of the Panhandle Area Council.
The morning session will start at 10a.m.

Lunch costs $25.00 for members and $28.00 for guests. To make reservation, contact Mary Florence at 850-581-1215 or mlflo@cox.net. by September 29, 2011. You may also visit the website at www.abwa-ecc.org and pay by pay pal. Seats are limited .

Justice Peggy A Quince began her legal career in Washington, D.C. as a hearing officer with the Rental Accommodations Office administrating 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, Justice Quince began her tenure with the Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Division.

Presently, Justice Quince is on the executive counsel of the Appellate Section of the Florida Bar and is the Supreme Court liaison to the Workers’ Compensation Committee, the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, and the Supreme Court’s Family Court Steering Committee.

In 1993 Justice Quince became the first African-American female to be appointed to one of the district courts of appeal with her appointment by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Second District Court of Appeal to a term effective January 4, 1994. She was retained in office by the electorate in November 1996. On December 8, 1998, Justice Quince was appointed by the late Governor Lawton Chiles and Governor-elect Jeb Bush to the Florida Supreme Court.