Attorney Olanike “Nike”

Adebayo is the 2018’s recipient of the John F. Balikes Award from the Unified Children’s Courthouse.

Each year, the judges of the Children’s Courthouse present the “Wall of Honor” ceremony to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to children in the juvenile justice and child welfare system in Miami-Dade County. They present the John F. Balikes Award at this ceremony, where they recognize an individual who demonstrates respect and professionalism to the legal profession.

The 2018 ceremony will be held at noon on Friday, May 4 at the Children’s Courthouse 155 NW 3rd St.

This year, the judges have chosen Adebayo as an individual who exemplifies these attributes through her 20-year-long legal career.  Currently, she is a candidate for Miami-Dade County Court Judge and also works with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Third District.

Adebayo is a Chicago native. After being accepted to the law school at the University of Miami, she relocated to South Florida. She earned her Juris Doctor, then began her legal career at the Office of the State Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit, where she successfully prosecuted and tried a number of felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile and domestic violence cases. Her last noteworthy position at the State Attorney’s Office was as the Chief of Litigation in the Juvenile Division.

After eight years of working as an assistant state attorney for Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Adebayo left to become a police legal advisor at the Miami-Dade Police Department. She worked for the Miami-Dade Police Department for nearly six years. She later went back to Rundle’s office, and was once again working as an assistant state attorney in the Community Outreach Division where she would shift her focus more towards youth. She created the Junior Assistant State Attorney for Miami-Dade high school students. Adebayo left after two years and opened her practice, Olanike Adebayo PA and also serves as a regional counsel helping to keep families together by assisting her clients to obtain and maintain better life skills.

Adebayo is a very active member of her community. She is an active board member of Gwendolyn S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association since 2007, co-chair of the Lillie C. Evans Committee and co-chair of the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic Committee. She mentors troubled and “at risk” youth in the community through voluntary programs such as Women of Tomorrow and Lillie C. Evans. She also serves as a judge for the Teen Court program.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from the judiciary at the Children’s Courthouse.  I am privileged to be held in such regard as stand in service to the children of this community,” Adebayo said.