The Hon. Caroline Tesche Arkin is a judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, General Civil Division in Hillsborough County, Florida. She was elected to the Circuit Court in 2008 and re-elected in 2014.
Judge Tesche Arkin graduated with her B.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1982. She went on to earn a J.D. from Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law in 1987.
Prior to joining the bench, her legal career included positions in both the private and public sectors. In the private arena, Tesche Arkin served as a sole practitioner at her own law practice, where she worked as a criminal defense attorney and also handled cases involving estate planning and contracts.
In the public arena, Tesche Arkin served as the director of Recruitment and Attorney Training for the Office of the Public Defender for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit and was an assistant state attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorneys Office, where her assignments included serving as a felony trial attorney and as chief of the County Court Division. She also worked in the Organized Crime/Narcotics Special Prosecution Unit.
Tesche Arkin also completed a clinical internship with the Organized Crime Strike Force of the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York and served as a special assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorneys Office in Bangor, Maine through a Federal Prosecution Grant.
She has taught as an adjunct professor in the Business Law Department of Hillsborough Community College.
While on the Circuit Court, Judge Tesche Arkin has held assignments in the Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Delinquency, Felony, Family Law, and Civil Divisions.
Her memberships have included serving on the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers and as a past president of the Family Law Inn of Court and the Tampa Bay Inn of Court.
She was also a member of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Professionalism and was co-chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Associations Bench/Bar Committee.
She has been a pro bono volunteer with Bay Area Legal Services, a member of the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Booster Club, and a volunteer at Joshua House.
In 2019, Judge Tesche Arkin received the Robert W. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award from the Hillsborough County Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division.
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