- J.D., Nova Southeastern University, 1993
Judge Zabel has an undergraduate degree from Florida State University, and JD from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Judge Zabel has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1993. Judge Zabel first took the Bench in 2003. She has served in the Juvenile, Criminal and Civil divisions. She is currently sitting in the Family Division.
After graduation from Law School, Judge Zabel went to work for the State Attorney’s Office, Child Support Enforcement Division where she was Assistant Division Chief. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office, Judge Zabel went into private practice in the areas of Family and Civil law. She was also a Certified Circuit Civil and Family Mediator.
Judge Zabel has served as Secretary, Treasurer, President-Elect, and President of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Judge Zabel also served on the Family Law Rules Committee of the Florida Bar. Judge Zabel was President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She was on the Commission on the Status for Women in North Miami Beach. She was on the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami and Lawyers and Advocates for Special Education Advocacy. She was a member of the Family Law Rules Committee of the Florida Bar. She served on the Board of Directors of Nova Law School Alumni Association. She served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for three years.
Judge Zabel is also a mentor for the Women of Tomorrow, an organization which mentors at risk high school girls. Judge Zabel is also a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Judge Zabel is on the Leadership Committee for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Judge Zabel is a member of the Florida Bar Committee on Professionalism, and Miami-Dade County Committee for Professionalism. She sits on professionalism and civility panels for the Florida Bar and law schools throughout South Florida. Judge Zabel is certified to teach at Judicial Conferences, and is part of the education committee for the Conference. Judge Zabel has judged over Mock Trial Competitions for the last several years; both Undergraduate and Law School. She is also an Adjunct Professor with Adjunct Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law and Miami-Dade College.
HONORS and AWARDS
Miami Shine Award
Goodwin Research Fellowship
FAWL President’s Award for Outstanding Service
Special Recognition Award from Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of the Circuit Court
Achievement Award from the State Attorney’s Office
Pro Bono Service Award
Hannah G. Solomon Award
Women of Achievement Award from Shaare Zedek
2016 Visionary Award – Collaborative Family Law Institute