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The Honorable Louis H. Schiff '80 Receives Florida's Highest County Court Judicial Honor


The Conference of County Court Judges of Florida awarded Broward County Court Judge Louis H. Schiff ‘80 the Harvey Ford Award at its annual conference in July.

As the highest honor bestowed on a county court judge by The Conference of County Court Judges, the Harvey Ford Award recognizes a county court judge who has demonstrated the highest level of profound service to the community, legal profession, and to the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida.

Judge Schiff, 52, was elected in 1996, and serves at the North Regional Broward County Courthouse in Deerfield Beach, where he handles both civil and criminal cases. Some of Judge Schiff’s accomplishments include the following:

  • Received the League of Women Voters first “Civics in Action Award” in April 2007.
  • Featured in the cover story in the August 13, 2006 USA Today Weekend, “Parents Who Make School Better.”
  • Received Hamline University’s “Outstanding Alumnus for Ethics and Community Service” Award in 2000.
  • Has served as a volunteer faculty member of the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida D.U.I. Traffic Adjudication Lab and as the chairperson of its Education Committee.
  • Has served as a volunteer instructor at the National Judicial College (NJC) at the University of Nevada
    in Reno.

The award is named for Broward County Court Judge Harvey Ford, who died in 1995, and was known for his outstanding and dedicated community and professional service.