A. Margaret HesfordAdjunct Professor
EducationB.A., Magna Cum Laude Florida International University, 1988
J.D., Summa Cum Laude Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, 1991
Margaret Hesford came to Florida from England in December 1981, with her husband Michael, and their daughters, Caroline, now 38, and Sarah, 29. Margaret received a Diploma in Education from the University of Sheffield, Institute of Education, in Sheffield, England, in 1970, with an advanced main double major in English and French, and was a teacher (in England) of English and French, of students aged seven through sixteen from 1970 through 1981. In 1988, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree magna cum laude, from Florida International University, majoring in English and minoring in Psychology. In 1991, Margaret graduated summa cum laude from the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova University, where she was valedictorian, and earned a number of academic honors, including the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence, membership in the Nova Law Review and the Moot Court Society, and the American Jurisprudence Book Award in ten of her law school classes. She is admitted to practice law in all Courts of the State of Florida, the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
Margaret opened her own law practice in September 1997. Her current practice entails business law, together with general and complex civil litigation, general corporate representation, some probate, and appeals. Margaret is a certified civil mediator, who has taken specialized training in mortgage foreclosures, including as mandated by the Florida Supreme Court, in order to mediate civil residential mortgage foreclosures in several counties. She is a qualified arbitrator, and has also practiced in the areas of asset collection, FIRREA, and public and private sector management labor law before federal and state courts, and federal, state, and local administrative agencies.
Margaret has always been active in pro bono work. She was a panelist for Broward Guardian Ad Litem training in 2006, and has undertaken substantial work for the Broward County Guardian Ad Litem program, including being a pro bono guardian ad litem in Broward County since 1989, and pro bono attorney for the Broward Guardian Ad Litem program since 1992. In connection with that work, she was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in 1995 and received the Tobias Simon Award for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in 1999.
Margaret has been a Kairos prison ministry volunteer since 2003 and has been an elected member of the Kairos South Florida Women's Advisory Board and Kairos South Florida Women's Area Board since 2008. She has also been Parish Chancellor of her church, the Anglican Church of the Word, since its inception in 2003, and is a lay member of the Executive Council of the Emmaus Network of the Anglican Mission in the Americas. She was a lay member of the Ecclesiastical Trial Court of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida from 1997 to 2000, and Presiding Judge of the Ecclesiastical Trial Court of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida from 1998 to 2000.