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June 29, 2017
Mark Hohmeister; [email protected],
The Florida Bar
(850) 561-5764

The Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar presented its annual Outstanding Jurist Award to the Hon. Claudia R. Isom of the 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa, during the June 22 Judicial Luncheon at the Bar’s annual convention in Boca Raton.

Each year, the Young Lawyers Division recognizes a judge who has a reputation for sound judicial decisions and an unblemished record of integrity as a lawyer and judge, and who is active in Bar-related activities open to the judiciary and demonstrates a concern and respect for young lawyers.

Judge Isom has served as a circuit judge since 1991. In its nomination of Judge Isom, the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers presented an extensive list of activities demonstrating her professional and personal community service. The nomination was submitted by HAWL Secretary Erin Jackson of Johnson Jackson LLC in Tampa.

Judge Isom is especially dedicated to educating young people and assisting with at-risk youth. For example, for the last six years, she has organized and presented a mock trial for children who come to the courthouse for HAWL's annual Take Your Child to Work Day event. Additionally, Judge Isom is active in promoting local pro bono legal services.

“Judge Isom is highly deserving of the Outstanding Jurist Award,” said Katherine Hurst Miller, president of the Young Lawyers Division. “She stood out for her involvement, locally and statewide, in educating and training young lawyers, in establishing mentoring relationships, in opening her courtroom for the children’s mock trial, in promoting family-friendly and healthy activities for lawyers and court staff, and for combatting bias and discrimination in the legal profession. The lawyers of Florida and the people of her circuit are lucky to have a judge like Judge Isom.”

The Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar has more than 26,000 members. All lawyers under age 36 and new Florida Bar members for the first five years in good standing are automatically members.

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[Revised: 06-29-2017]