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Tracy Sheehan

JUDICIAL BIOGRAPHY

Year elected to the bench: 2007

Assignments:
Juvenile Dependency (2007-2011)
Juvenile Delinquency (2011-2012)
East Division - Family and Civil Divisions (2012-present)


EDUCATION

Law School: Stetson University College of Law (1/87 - 5/89)
                    Cum Laude graduate, ranked 8th of 98 in class

                    Awarded Stetson College of Law Academic Scholarships for 
                    2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th semesters of law school, based upon
                    “outstanding academic achievement.”

                    
                    Member of Stetson College of Law Mock Trial Team 1988 and
                    1989; During both years, Stetson finished first in the nation
                    at national competitions and first in the State of Florida in
                    statewide competitions.

                    
                    International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award, 1989
                    Undergraduate: Washington State University

                    BA Communications, minor in psychology (9/77 - 7/80)


AWARDS

Hillsborough County Bar Trial Lawyer Section’s “In the Trenches” award for criminal litigation, May, 2006.

Florida’s Children First! award for “service to children in and out of the courtroom.” (2/04)

Hillsborough County Guardian ad Litem Award for “dedicated service to the Children of Hillsborough County,” (2001)

Teen Court Annual Awards for participating in Teen Court programs and training sessions for student lawyers, (1995 - 2003)

Outstanding Teen Court Judge and Volunteer Mentor, (2000 - 2001)

Distinguished Service Award, Teen Court, (2004-2005)

Federation of Families "Focus on Families" Award, (2008)

Olin Mott Golden Heart Award, Friends of Joshua House, (2010)

Moral Courage Award, Tampa Scottish Rite, (2010)


SPEAKING EVENTS

Participated as a guest lecturer at training sessions for new Guardians ad litem in Hillsborough County; (2001 - 2002).

Speak to the residents of the Crossroads Women’s Drug Treatment Center on a monthly basis; (2002 - 2007).

Discuss inspirational subjects and accountability for actions as well as legal issues such as criminal charges and custody matters.

Participated in the Great American Teach-in, Robinson High School and Adams Middle School, (2001 - 2002), West Tampa
Elementary School, (2005).

Spoke at Career Nights at Robinson High School, (2001 - 2002).


PROFESSIONAL: LEGAL CAREER

8/87 - 1/89             Law Clerk and Research Assistant
                               Professor William McKinley Smiley
                               Stetson College of Law

5/88 - 1/89             Law Clerk
                               St. Petersburg Police Department Legal Department

9/88 - 1/89             Intern
                               Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office

12/88 - 6/94           Law Clerk, then Associate
                               Law Firm of Barry Cohen

6/94 - 11/96           Attorney, Lead Trial Attorney
                               Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office

11/96 - 6/98           Partner
                               Cohen, Jayson, Foster and Sheehan
6/98 - 12/06           Solo Practitioner
                               Law Office of Tracy Sheehan

 

PROFESSIONAL: PRIOR CAREER

1/80 - 7/82             KAPP-TVIntern, Reporter, and ultimately lead 6pm and 
                               11pm news anchor
                               Yakima, Washington

7/82 - 2/83             WDEF-TF
                               Lead 6pm and 11pm News Anchor
                               Chattanooga, TN

2/83 - 2/85             WTVC-TV
                               Lead 6pm and 11pm News Anchor
                               Chattanooga, TN

2/85 - 1/87             WTSP-TV
                               Reporter, substitute news anchor
                               Tampa - St. Petersburg, FL

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/PRO BONO

Volunteered with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Teen Court criminal diversion program for approximately ten years, devoting at least one night a month to preside over trials or grand juries or to provide training to the student “lawyers.”

Participated in monthly group meetings at Crossroads Women’s Drug Treatment Center.

Volunteered at Bay Area Legal Services, (1996 - 1997), providing legal services of a wide variety to Hillsborough County Indigents.

Volunteer tutor and 3rd Grade classroom mentor at West Tampa Elementary.

Regular volunteer at A Kids Place.

White Coat Internship, TGH, (2009).

Active in efforts to assist children at Joshua House and to promote education of children’s cancer and breast cancer issues.

Founding Member of Kids Charity, providing for the needs of foster children in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

Member of the Board of Directors for Connected by 25, which assists foster kids who are aging out of the system, and Tampa Crossroads.

Chair of Hillsborough County Community Alliance, (2007-2010).

Founding Board Member, Kids Charity Tampa BAy, (2005-present).

Founding Board Member, A Kids Place, (2006-present).

Advisory Board, Humane Society of Tampa Bay, (2013-present).