Judicial Profile: Judge Englander Henning's Father Correctly Predicted Her Future
The day Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning was born, her father gave her mother flowers with a card that said, "It's a baby girl judge."
She still has the card.
He might've been wrong if she had been right-handed.
She went to college thinking she would go into international relations with a focus on China.
"We were told that you couldn't write Chinese with your left hand, and I was blackballed," Englander Henning said.
She decided to go to law school. Still, she insists that any influence from her father, Malvin Englander—an attorney who practiced from World War II until just this year when he retired at 92, a former vice mayor of Miami Beach, justice of the peace and small claims judge—was only indirect.
Englander Henning said her parents didn't necessarily push her toward a legal career, but they instilled a philosophy of giving back.
"It was just a part of us," she said.
It shows. Her eldest sister, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau president and former Broward County Commissioner Nicki Grossman, is married to Circuit Judge Mel Grossman; sister Tobie Englander Bagliebter is married to attorney Gary Bagliebter; and the youngest of the clan, Joe Englander, is a lawyer in Fort Lauderdale.
Judge Englander Henning said she found her love of the law as she studied it and can't imagine doing anything else.