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Katherine G. Essrig

 

EDUCATION
J.D., with honors, University of Florida College of Law,   1981
A.B., Cum Laude, Public Policy Studies, Duke University, 1978
Local public schools, Tampa, Florida

 

HONORS
Recipient, William E. Gladstone Award (awarded at statewide Dependency
Summit) for judicial leadership and service to Florida’s children, 2012
Recipient, 13th Judicial Circuit Outstanding Service Award (awarded at statewide
Dependency Summit), 2009
Board of Editors, University of Florida College of Law Appellate Advocacy, 1979-1981
Honors, Appellate Advocacy, University of Florida College of Law, 1979
Honors, Legal Writing, University of Florida College of Law, 1979


WORK EXPERIENCE

Elected Circuit Court Judge, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County 1997-present
Administrative Judge, Unified Family Court, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, 2010-present
Administrative Judge, Juvenile Dependency Division, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, 2002-present
Elected County Court Judge, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County,  1991-1996
Attorney, Law Offices of John M. Fitzgibbons, Tampa, Florida, 1989-1991
Special Assistant United States Attorney, 1988-1989
Assistant State Attorney, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, 1985-1989
Judicial law clerk to the Honorable Paul Game, Jr., United States
Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Middle
District of Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1981-1985

 

ACTIVITIES
Member, Florida Dependency Model Courts Panel, 2010-present
Chair, Florida Dependency Model Courts Panel, 2012-present
Member, Florida Supreme Court Steering Committee on Families and Children in
the Courts, 2010-present
Member, Florida Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 2012-present
Member, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 2-12-present
Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1982-present
Member, Executive Board, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1988-1990
Member, Ferguson-White Chapter, American Inns of Court,  1987-present
President, Ferguson-White Chapter, American Inns of Court,2002-2003
Member, Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, 1986–present
Member, Florida Association of Women Lawyers,1986-present
Chair, 13th Judicial Circuit Dependency Court Improvement Panel, 2002-present
Member, 13th Judicial Circuit workgroup on LGBTQ youth
Member, 13th Judicial Circuit workgroup on Unaccompanied Immigration Minors
Member, 13th Judicial Circuit workgroup on pregnant/parenting  foster youth
Member, 13th Judicial Circuit Facility Dog workgroup
Chair, 13th Judicial Circuit National Adoption Day committee, 2006-present
Member, 13th Judicial Circuit Reunification Day workgroup, 2012-present
Member, Athena Society, 1991-present
President, Athena Society, 2007-2008
Member, Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, 2001-present
Vice-Chair, Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, 2007-2011
Member, 13th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, 2006-present
Member, Florida Judicial Mentoring Program, 2002-present
Member, 13th Judicial Circuit Technology Executive Committee, 2008-present
Chair, 13th Judicial Circuit Safe Reduction Workgroup, 2013-present
Chair, 13th Judicial Circuit Dependency Judicial Engagement Project, 2013-  present
Member, Tampa Museum of Art, 1982-present
Member, Friends of the Arts, 1982-present
Mayoral appointee,  Tampa-Hillsborough County Library Board, 1982-1986
Member, Duke University Alumni Admissions Committee, 1982-1986, 1990-2010
Volunteer attorney, Hillsborough County Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1985-1991
Member, Community Security Council, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 1984-1988
Volunteer Coach, Hillsborough County Bar Association Mock Trial Competition, 1985-1990
Volunteer Judge, Stetson University College of Law Mock Trial Competition, 1991-present