Having dedicated 18 years to the U.S. Department of Justice and 14 years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District, there is a time where you will be given the opportunity to rise in the ranks, that time came for Norman Hemming.
He is now the Florida Federal Judge in the South Florida Hearing Office in the department of Social Security Administration.
Hemming’s Early Life
Born in Jamaica, he attended the Pembroke Hall Primary School and then went to the prominent all-boys school, Jamaica College. Although from a low socio-economic backgrounds he never allowed that to determine his future. He migrated with his parents and five siblings to Bronx, New York where he finished his high school education at Evander Childs High School. He decided to work in his early stages of adulthood and went into the gypsy cab business. However, having gotten into an unfortunate altercation with a robber and sustained injuries to the head, which affected him in more ways than one, his career path changed and he had the motivation to become an attorney, an advocate for justice.
He furthered his education and attained his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Administration in 1988 from the prestigious John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He was the first person from his family to attend university much less be granted a degree. As education was a driving force in his life, he finished his schooling after being awarded the distinguished honor of a Juris doctorate in 1991 from Howard University School of Law.
He is married to Carol Hemming and they have two beautiful children. He is an ordained Minister with the Cooper City Church of God after receiving training at the Shiloh Theological Seminary in Stafford, Virginia. Additionally, he serves on the Vice Provost’s Council for the Florida International University. He also serves on the executive board of the Jamaica College Old Boy’s Association – Florida Chapter.
He worked as a member of the executive team within the Special Counsel of the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he aided in the supervision of over two hundred and thirty-five attorneys-at-law as well as staff across the Fort Pierce and Key West offices.
Mr. Hemming was finally honored for his allegiance and phenomenal impact to the field of law with the position of federal Administrative Law Judge which he humbly accepted. This means he is now the Florida Federal Judge in the South Florida Hearing Office in the department of Social Security Administration.
These appointments are done by the United States government and they are tasked with the responsibilities of decision making on matters pertaining to hearing level social security and disability claims and delivering rules as they relate to statutory law, among other duties.
He won the Law Enforcement Officers Foundation Prosecutor of Year Award for 2016.
By Alexandra Daley