Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office
Attorney Olanike Adebayo is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She relocated to South Florida after entering law school at the University of Miami where she earned her Jurist Doctorate. She 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. She is gravely concerned about our youth.
After eight years of working as an Assistant State Attorney for Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Ms. Adebayo left to become a Police Legal Advisor at the Miami-Dade Police Department. She prosecuted civil forfeiture actions and assisted the department in all legal matters. She also taught at the Police Department’s accredited Metropolitan Police Institute.
Ms. Adebayo worked for the Miami-Dade Police Department for the past five and half years and somehow she found her way back to the Office of the State Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit, and is once again working as an Assistant State Attorney for Katherine Fernandez Rundle
Even through Ms. Adebayo is a newlywed, she is a very active member of her community. Her involvement extends to every area presented in her society. She is an active board member of Gwendolyn S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association since 2007 and is co chair of the Lillie C. Evans Committee, co-chair the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic Committee, co-chair of the Holiday Social Committee, co- chair of the Spa Committee and in October 2009 and 2010 organized a General Membership Meeting about Domestic Violence Awareness; by bringing together the Judiciary, State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Miami-Dade Police Department, and Safe Space, and now she is President-Elect. She is also an Exectuive Board member of Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc and just recently co-chaired an event with Willkie D. Ferguson Jr Bar Association and LSGMI which successfully raised money for a paid fellowship at LSGMI. She mentors troubled and ‘at risk’ youth in the community through voluntary programs such as Women of Tomorrow and Lillie C. Evans. She serves as a judge for the Teen Court program and is a participant along with members of GSCBWLA in the Florida Breast Health Initiative, where she assists women with no insurance in receiving free mammograms. Ms. Adebayo life can be summed up in a quote by Shirley Chisholm “service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”