Prosecutor named Zonta's Woman of the Year

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Prosecutor named Zonta's Woman of the Year


HILTON HEAD ISLAND – An assistant solicitor has been named Hilton Head Island’s Woman of the Year recognizing the impact she has had on the community through her work both inside and out of the courtroom.


Francine Norz Tobin was honored earlier this year at the annual Chamber Ball by the Zonta Clubs of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.


Tobin, who joined the office in 2006, prosecutes the cases of white-collar criminals throughout the five-county, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. Many of these cases involve embezzlement, fraud and employee theft. They often are quite complex in nature, requiring a detail-oriented business acumen as well as the tenacity and legal analysis of an experienced attorney.


"She is someone who wants to do things right," said Solicitor Duffie Stone. "Not only is that an admirable trait, it is one that is essential to be a good prosecutor. It takes a special person to do what she does, to have that attention to detail and have the compassion to deal with the victims she works with."


In addition to her work, Tobin is quite active in the community, including with the Lowcountry Alliance for Healthy Youth, which was formed to address the use of drugs and alcohol by teenagers. She also is a member of the High School Improvement Council and is active with the Hilton Head Athletic Booster Club.


Tobin donates her expertise by serving as treasurer of the local chapter of the Wounded Warrior Project, serves as a board member of the Outpatient Surgery Center and provides free legal counsel to the St. Francis Thrift Store.


Click the link below to watch the video produced for the awards ceremony.

Duffie Stone

Solicitor Duffie Stone