Career Spotlight: Winifred L. Acosta NeSmith

Published: February 11th, 2008

Category: Feature, News

Winifred NeSMithUF Law alumna Winifred L. Acosta NeSmith (JD 95) may practice in Tallahassee, but she still stays true to her roots in the small North Florida town of Live Oak.

Her busy schedule as the assistant U.S. attorney of the Northern District of Florida did not stop Acosta Nesmith from visiting her hometown to be honored for her many contributions back to the community. Last March she was honored by Mayor Garth “Sonny” Nobles with the Live Oak “key to the city” and a proclamation.

She is believed to be the first African American to receive this honor. She also received numerous other awards from her high school, church, family and civic organizations.

“If we are moved with compassion, our time, talent and/or treasures will touch more lives than we can ever imagine for longer than we could ever imagine,” said Acosta NeSmith in her keynote address at a banquet benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Suwannee County.

She urged the audience to become mentors and encouraged everyone to steer a misguided person in the right direction. Acosta NeSmith often returns to Live Oak for public speaking engagements and to serve on the Boys and Girls Club Steering Committee and the African American Development Council. Along with her husband, attorney Kimblin NeSmith, she also sponsors the “Acosta NeSmith Achievement Award,” a scholarship to a graduating Suwannee High School senior.

Acosta NeSmith recently was reelected to a third term on the National Black Prosecutors Association’s executive board and was recognized as the “Executive Board Member of the Year” for her outstanding service.

“I am humbled by the honors bestowed upon me,” Acosta NeSmith said. “It simply pleases my heart to brighten the lives of others, for the Bible teaches us ‘to whom much is given, much is required.’”