Former Judge Hubert Grimes broke racial barriers as the first African American County Judge of Volusia County in 1988 and was later appointed to the Circuit Court by Governor Jeb Bush in 1999. During his tenure on the bench, he handled over 100,000 cases from County Court Civil, Misdemeanor, Domestic Violence and Traffic cases to Circuit Family, Juvenile Delinquency, Dependency, Injunctions for Protection, Felonies, Juvenile and Family Drug Court, Domestic Relations, Extraditions and other matters. Judge Grimes founded the Latimer Hawkins Judicial Council of Black Judges (2001-14), and served two terms as President of the Florida Conference of County Court Judges (1994-98). He has taught at three colleges, including Bethune Cookman, University of Central Florida and Florida A and M College of Law. After his initial retirement from the bench in 2014, he worked at Bethune Cookman University (2014-2019), concluding as the Interim President from 2017-2019. He has authored two books, How to Keep Your Child from Going to Jail (2010) and Perspectives: No One Can Take What You Have Between Your Ears (2020). He mentors attorneys and handles Family, Probate and other civil matters for the firm. He is a graduate of Kentucky State University, University of Georgia Law School, and International Seminary. He is admitted to practice law in both Florida and Georgia.