The Honorable Shelley Kravitz wins In the Company of Women Award in the Government and Law Category (Elected Official)
The late, Honorable Shelley Kravitz has been selected as one of 13 amazing women for the prestigious In the Company of Women award in the category of Government and Law (Elected Official).
Kravitz, who passed away shortly after being chosen to receive her award, was a woman who lived her life motivated by the desire to help others, dedicating nearly her entire career to public service. Not only did she have one of the longest careers as a jurist in the county, serving for 25 years until her passing, but she began during a time when women jurists were scarce in our community. Kravitz was a true trailblazer and activist, having fought for the implementation of the first domestic violence courts in our county.
While her two decades on the bench oftentimes put her in the spotlight, it was in the classroom that she began her professional career. After four years with Miami-Dade Public Schools, she went back to being a student, this time of law, and upon successful passage of the Bar went into practice alongside her father. During her ten years as a litigation attorney, she served a time as president of the Dade County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, a notable achievement during a time when women were tremendously underrepresented in the profession.
During her time as judge, Kravitz was the President of the Florida Conference of County Court Judges and was the Conference’s Legislative Liaison for 10 years in Tallahassee. She has also served as President of the Peter T. Fay American Inn of Court and as a faculty member of Florida’s New Judges College, in addition to her extensive involvement in several judicial committees.
Most recently, Kravitz was scheduled to be receive a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Dade County Bar Association.
County Court Judge Shelley Kravitz will be forever remembered for her role as chairwoman of Miami-Dade’s Canvassing Board, the presiding body that certifies election ballots, and the person who “ate and slept in her office” during the 2000 Bush-Gore presidential recount. She was the longest serving judge on the Canvassing Board, where she volunteered her time as Chair for 20 years. Her professional life in every capacity was marked by her unwavering dedication to justice.
Shelley Kravitz will be honored at the 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the luxurious Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, in Coral Gables, FL. Tickets are on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-company-of-women-awards-ceremony-2018-tickets-42354897639. For more information, visit http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/company-of-women.asp.
In the Company of Women takes place each year in commemoration of Women’s History Month and is presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, and the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. Proceeds support The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program.
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.
About The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
The Commission for Women falls within the purview of Miami-Dade’s Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair. The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women. The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life. For more information call (305) 375-4967, email [email protected]; or visit the website at www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/women-board-home.asp.