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JUDGE MELANIE G. MAY

Judge May

DEGREES: Florida Atlantic University, B.S., 1973; Nova Law Center, J.D., 1981.

LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Chief Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, July 1, 2011-June 30, 2013; Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 2002-present; Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit Court, 1991-2002; Private Practice, 1982-91; Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit, 1981-82.

JUDICIAL & BAR ACTIVITIES: Supreme Court Steering Committee on Treatment-Based Drug Courts, Chair, 1999-2006; Children's Court Improvement Committee, 2001-2005; Access to Court Records Committee 2006-2008; Florida SAMH Corp. 2004-2010; Advisory Council DCF; Reentry Task Force; Trial Court Performance and Accountability Committee - Criminal Work Group, 2000 - 2002; Advisory Council to Office of Drug Control, 1999 - present; The Florida Bar (Appellate Rules Committee, Grievance Committee, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Admiralty Law Committee); Broward County Bar Association, Executive Committee, 1990-91; National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Board Chair 2000-02; Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals, Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse; Alcohol, Drug Abuse & Mental Health Council, Juvenile Justice Board, Juvenile Detention Center Advisory Board, Stephen R. Booher Inn of Court, President 1991-93; Instructor, Legal Research and Writing, Nova Law Center 1982-84; Instructor, National Judicial College.

COMMUNITY BOARDS & ACTIVITIES: Kids in Distress, Susan B. Anthony Center, Junior League, CHARLEE program, PACE Center for Girls, and the Youth Automotive Training Center.

CHAMBERS STAFF:

  • Judicial Assistant: Ana Serrano
  • Law Clerk: Stratton Smiley
  • Law Clerk: Rachel Lyons