From: Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Charlotte Anderson, a former Hillsborough County judge who helped create a division dedicated solely to victims of domestic violence, died last month at age 72.
Elected to the bench in 1994, Ms. Anderson presided over domestic violence cases, as well as run-of-the-mill civil suits, for 15 years. She was well-known as a champion of many causes, from women's rights to antidiscrimination protections for gays and lesbians, and a fixture in local Democratic Party politics.
"She was a real pioneer as a woman's activist," said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, an LGBT advocacy group. "To have somebody of her profile be visibly supporting our work at a time when there weren't a whole lot of people racing to stand up really mattered." MORE