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Elizabeth G. Rice



Year Assigned to the Bench: 

2005 - County (Elected 2004)



County Criminal - Jan ‘07 - present

County Civil - Jan ‘05 - Apr. ‘06

Family Law - Apr. ‘06 - Jan. ‘07



Law School: University of Florida 

(JD, 1989)

Undergraduate: University of Florida 

(BS Geology, 1986)



Prior to taking the bench, Judge Elizabeth G. Rice was a shareholder in the Tampa office of

Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., where she concentrated her practice

primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and insolvency matters.



Florida Bar (1990-present)

Bankruptcy/UCC Committee of the Business Law Section (1992-04)

Continuing Legal Education (2002-04)

Chief Justice=s Advisory Committee for the 2001 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Awards (2000-01)

Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (2000-04)

SCOPE (Seek Counsel of Professional Experience) Volunteer Panel Attorney (1996-04)

Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors (1995 02)

President (2001 02)

President Elect (2000 01)

Executive Committee (1997 02)

Practicing with Professionalism (f/k/a Bridge the Gap) Oversight Subcommittee (Chair,

1999 2000; Co chair, 1997 98; Member, 1996 97)

Practicing with Professionalism (f/k/a Bridge the Gap) Seminars Subcommittee (Co chair,

1996 99; Member, 1995 00)

Local Bar Affiliates Networking Committee (Chair, 1999 00)

Local Bar Affiliates Outreach Program Committee (Chair, 1999 00; Co chair, 1997 99;

Member, 1996 97)

Judicial Directory Committee (Vice chair, 1998 99; Member, 1998 00)

Long Range Planning Committee (Chair, 2000 01; Member, 1999 00)

Children’s Witness Waiting Room Committee (1996 97, 1999 00)



Florida Bar Board of Governors (2000-02)

Executive Committee (2001-02)

Access to Legal System Committee (2000-02)

Communications Committee (2001-02)

Liaison to The Florida Bar Quality of Life Committee (2001-02)

Disciplinary Review Committee (2000-01)

American Bar Association (1990-05)

Hillsborough County Bar Association (1990-present)

Long Range Planning Committee (1998-99)

Future Trends in the Legal Profession Subcommittee (Chair, 1998-99)

Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors (1993-95)

Ex-officio Director (1995-02)

Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (1990-present)

Pro Bono Committee/Domestic Violence Courthouse Project Volunteer (2002-04)

Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association (1992-04; 1998-05)

Tampa Bay Catholic Lawyers Guild (2004-present)

International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (“IWIRC”) (2001-03)

William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court (Pupil, 1991-92)

United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida, and

Southern District of Florida



Professional: Named to the Tampa Bay Review’s first “40 Under 40” list of achievers and doers in

the Tampa Bay legal community (2002)

40 Under 40 Rising Stars Award presented by The Business Journal Serving Greater

Tampa Bay and Junior Achievement of West Central Florida (1999)

Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division=s Most Outstanding

Young Lawyer Award (1997-98)

Law School: Order of Coif (awarded to top 5% of graduating class)

Florida Law Review (Senior Editor, Symposium; Associate Editor, Special Projects)

Book Awards (Family Law, Trial Advocacy, Florida Constitutional Law)

Appellate Advocacy Fellow

Honors, Legal Research and Writing

Co-Author: “Joint Tortfeasor Liability: Inconsistencies and Inequities of Florida Law,” Vol. LXIII,

Fla. B.J. 57 (1989)



Christ the King Catholic Church (Lector and Children's Liturgy Catechist)