"I was sitting in the jury, and I wanted to rule," said Stuzin, who was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court bench earlier this year. "I remember thinking in my head, 'I would sustain this. I would overrule that. I would do this. I would do that.' And I was like, 'I think I'm ready.' "
By then, Stuzin had been a lawyer for 20 years. But sitting as an alternate juror pushed her to try for the bench.
"I had looked at the JNC application many times and never downloaded it," she said. "It sounds very cliche, but that night I went home and I printed it. And I said, 'I want to do it.' "