Has three daughters: Cristina (born 1996), Alexandra (born 1998) and Sofia Elena (born 2001).
Her parents were both born in Cuba.
Went to Harvard Law School for one year, yet received her law degree from Georgetown Law School, where she graduated cum laude. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami.
Her husband, John Schlesinger, is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida.
Worked from 1984 to 1994 as an Assistant State Attorney for the Dade County State Attorney's Office (former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, the then District Attorney for Dade County, hired her for the position).
Was appointed to the Miami Circuit Court by Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 1999, where she served in the Criminal Division.
She is the fourth judge in succession for The People's Court (1997), but the first female judge presiding on that show.
First Hispanic television court show judge.
(November 28 2001) Gave birth to her third daughter, Sofia Elena.