Isabella Horton Grant ’50

March 5, 2011

Summer 2011

Isabella Horton Grant ’50 was a highly skilled California judge who helped draft the state’s no-fault divorce law in 1970. She passed away on March 5, 2011, at the age of 87.

Born in Hollywood, Calif., Grant spent 25 years in private practice, specializing in probate and family law. In 1979, then Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to the California Municipal Court. Three years later, she began serving on the state’s Superior Court bench, where she oversaw the court’s family law cases.

During that time, Grant aided domestic violence victims by establishing a court calendar to handle their legal needs. The system also provided victims of abuse with legal help in applying for restraining orders against their assailants and offered them access to medical and social services, as well as professional mediators.

Grant retired from the bench in 1996 and thereafter served on San Francisco’s Ethics Commission for several years.

In 2000, the National College of Probate Judges honored her with the Treat Award for Excellence. Grant continued to work as a private mediator until shortly before
her death.

On March 25, 2011, the California Women Lawyers organization posthumously presented Grant with its Rose Bird Memorial Award in recognition of her work establishing support services for domestic violence victims, as well as for her role as a mentor to women in the legal profession.

Grant is survived by her brother, Richmond Grant.