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International Lawyers' Society Honors V.I.'s Maria Hodge

June 27, 2007 — One of the world's premier groups of litigators has honored St. Thomas lawyer Maria Tankenson Hodge with a spot on its board of governors.
The International Society of Barristers elevated Hodge to its board at a meeting in Costa Rica in March, she said Wednesday.
Only two other Virgin Islands lawyers are member of the honor society, which advocates for excellence in trial litigation. Henry Feuerzeig and Treston Moore are members, while St. Croix attorney R. Eric Moore belonged to the society until his death in 2002.
Hodge is the first Virgin Islander ever to serve on the society's board of governors.
"It is quite a thrilling thing for me," Hodge said. "I'm going to my first board meeting in July."
A partner at Hodge and Francois, Hodge said she never dreamed anyone but the top lawyers at the top mainland firms would serve on the board. Hodge formed the firm with partner Denise Francois and was eventually joined by Alan Smith, the former commissioner of Planning and Natural Resources, and most recently, by her son Mark D. Hodge.
"We're (only) four lawyers," she said, "although we're considered mid-sized by Virgin Islands' standards."
Hodge has practiced law in the territory since 1971, when — fresh out of the University of California at Berkeley's law school — she took a job clerking for the late District Court Judge Almeric Christian.
Hodge said she already has ideas how to improve the society, but declined to say what they were.
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