“The Isabella” Award

 

Judge Isabella Horton Grant was a pioneering lawyer and judge who specialized in the fields of family law and probate law. She practiced law for 25 years before being appointed in 1979 to the San Francisco Municipal Court by Governor Jerry Brown and then in 1982 to the Superior Court.

Judge Isabella Horton Grant (1924-2011)

Judge Grant was a pioneering lawyer and judge who specialized in the fields of family law and probate law. She practiced law for 25 years before being appointed in 1979 to the San Francisco Municipal Court by Governor Jerry Brown and then in 1982 to the Superior Court.The National College of Probate Judges (“NCPJ”) proudly announces the annual Isabella Grant Award, created and named in honor of the late Judge Isabella Horton Grant.

Judge Grant’s contributions in assisting people in difficult times in their lives and improving the operations of the courts are numerous and concrete. “The Isabella” Award was created to continue her legacy of service and is given in recognition of individual achievements in the field of guardianships of adults and/or minors.

A committee, consisting of four NCPJ members, the President of the National Guardianship Association, the Chair of the National Guardianship Network and a representative from the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, reviews all nominations received by the deadline and selects the recipient.

Judge Grant was a pioneering lawyer and judge who specialized in the fields of family law and probate law. She practiced law for 25 years before being appointed in 1979 to the San Francisco Municipal Court by Governor Jerry Brown and then in 1982 to the Superior Court. Judge Grant served as presiding judge of the Family Court, where she initiated a separate domestic violence calendar and was involved in the passing of California’s no fault divorce legislation. Judge Grant later served for 11 years as presiding judge of the Probate Court, where she established a new staff structure, streamlined court procedures, created the Guardianship Monitoring Program, and assured that up-to-date court rules were available to attorneys.

Judge Grant was an active member of the National College of Probate Judges and the recipient of its coveted Treat Award in 2000.  In 2011, she was awarded, posthumously, the Rose Bird Award from the California Association of Women Lawyers.

“The  Isabella” Award, is presented to the recipient at the NCPJ Spring Conference each year.

The 2016 Spring Conference will be held in Point Clear, Alabama, and the Award will be presented on May 18, 2016.

Nominations for the award should include the name, address and position of the nominee and the nominator(s), together with a brief description of the accomplishments of the nominee. Supporting letters may be included.  Nominations may be submitted by probate judges, probate practitioners, guardianship practitioners, academicians, or others having personal knowledge about the nominee.

Qualifying achievements may include a variety of activities, such as:

  • Innovative programs leading to improvements in guardianship laws
  • Articles, treatises, books or other  publications of unusual quality and impact on guardianship issues
  • Leadership roles or other activities in organizations that have led to significant improvements in the laws, administration, or practices in the guardianship field.

Nominations should be sent this year to:

The Isabella Horton Grant Award
c/o National College of Probate Judges
300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Nominations may be emailed to: ncpj@ncsc.org .

Judge Isabella Horton Grant Guardianship Award Recipients

2012 Phillip Marshall and Annette de la Renta
2013 Erica Wood
2014 Hon. Patrick Connaghan
2015 Michael Mackniak
2016 Dr. Brenda Uekert, Williamsburg, VA
2017 Carleton F. Coleman, Atlanta, GA