Monday, September 09, 2013


UPDATE: Funeral arrangements for Judge Karan: A celebration of her life is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at Eternal Light Memorial Chapel, 18840 W. Dixie Hwy. in Northeast Miami-Dade. Burial follows at Beth David cemetery, 3201 NW 72nd Ave. in Hollywood
The Herald obit is here.

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Judge Amy Karan lost a tough but valiant fight with Parkinson's Disease. Judge Karan was the Administrative Judge of the Domestic Violence Division and she was widely respected for the way she led that Division. 

In January of 2010, Rumpole wrote a lead on this Blog that read:

Word reaches us today that Judge Amy Karan has resigned from the bench effective January 31, 2010.

Many of you know Judge Karan has been battling Parkinson's disease and she needs to spend more time working on her health.

This is a tremendous loss to the Bench and to our community.

We can only hope and pray that her condition stabilizes. Judge Karan is bravely fighting this terrible disease. She needs our support and prayers at this difficult moment in time.

Godspeed Judge Karan.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family today. 

Cap Out .....

Rumpole says: A beautiful person, inside and out, Judge Karan inspired those who knew her with her battle for her life. She can't be replaced. She can only be fondly remembered. We will post details on the funeral as we receive them. 


CAPTAIN said...


The Daily Business Review

Former Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Amy Karan, recognized nationally as a pioneer in addressing domestic abuse in the judicial system, died after battling an aggressive form of Parkinson's disease. She was 54.

Karan served as administrative judge of the domestic violence court and was on the bench for 13 years. She left the bench in 2010 when her illness robbed her of speech.

"Judge Karan's legacy is her passion for protecting victims of domestic violence and also the numerous writings she leaves behind," her daughter, Amber Kornreich, wrote in a statement.

In February, Greenberg Traurig established the Women's Fund of Miami-Dade to honor Karan's life work. She chaired the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council from 1997 to 2009.
"Amy Karan was considered to be one of the finest jurists in the area of domestic violence in courts throughout this country," said Hilarie Bass, co-president of Greenberg Traurig. "She was a brilliant, compassionate visionary who changed the face of the way we provide assistance to victims of domestic violence."

Karan was known for her scholarly articles and became a noted authority on the issue of firearms and domestic violence, Kornreich said.

"Many states have adopted forms Judge Karan developed in conjunction with the surrender or seizure of fire arms in both criminal and civil situations," she wrote in a notice to the Daily Business Review.

A celebration of Karan's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert funeral home in Miami Beach.

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Anonymous said...

I had the pleasure of taking her evidence class at St. Thomas University and she will be missed. Not only was she a great teacher but she was very down to earth and personable. We've lost a great person.

Frederici said...

I was a prosecutor who practiced in front of Judge Karan. She was a fantastic judge whom I respected. Her intellect and wisdom were great additions to the bench. I remember her often and always fondly.

Joe Frederick

Anonymous said...

I was lucky to have tried cases before Judge Karan early in my career. I learned a great deal from her, as she was always patient but set high standards -- the best combination in a judge.

Countless lives are better thanks to her dedication. She will be missed.


How could there only be 4 comments on this blog after such a kind and wonderful Judge like Any Karan passes away at such a tragically young age? What is with our lawyers and judges? Where is the compassion and thoughts about other things besides "Shumie time", etc. ....

Anonymous said...

I had the pleasure of being in Judge Karan's evidence and family law classes. Not only was she a great professor but she was a mensch to every person she encountered.


Robert Kuntz said...

Over the years, I represented several DV petitioners before Judge Karan. At a moment in their lives when these women were in the gravest extreme, they found in Judge Karan a jurist of tremendous compassion. One could not doubt that she cared deeply about the broken families that came before her.

As an attorney, you knew that Judge Karan would attend to your matter with integrity, intelligence and determination. What is more, you could not help but walk out her courtroom satisfied that that you had just had a hearing before a judge who was a judge for all the best reasons there are to be a judge.

Judge David Ortley said...

Judge Karan had a profound influence on my judicial life and came to Montana as an educator and influenced the lives of countless other judges she taught. She was a pioneer and will be missed.