- JUDGE W. MATTHEW STEVENSON
- DEGREES: Florida State University, B.A., Criminology,
1975; Florida State University College
of Law, J.D., 1978.
LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Chief Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal,
July 1, 2005-June 30, 2007; Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1994-present;
Circuit Judge, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit,
1990-94; Private Practice,
Mediator, Mediation Inc.of Fort Lauderdale,
1987-90; Chap. 120 Administrative
Hearing Officer, Florida Division of Administrative Hearings,
1985-87; Commissioned Officer, Judge
Advocate General's (JAG) Corps., United States Navy, 1981-85;
Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett
while serving on both the Florida
Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth
(now the Eleventh) Circuit, 1979-80; Assistant Public Defender,
Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, 1978-79.
- JUDICIAL & BAR ACTIVITIES: (past and present) The Florida
Bar (since1978); Palm Beach County Bar Association; American
Bar Association; National Bar Association, Florida Chapter; The
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; The F.
Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association; The Craig S. Barnard
American Inns of Court, member emeritus; Florida Bar Juvenile
Court Rules Committee; Florida Bar Legal Fee Arbitration Committee,
15th Judicial Circuit; Professionalism Committee, 15th Judicial
Circuit; Palm Beach County Bar Association's Committee for the
Needs of Children; Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges;
Florida Conference of AppellateCourt Judges; Palm Beach County
Criminal Justice Task Force; Faculty Member, University of Florida
Trial Training Program for Prosecutors & Public Defenders;
Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules.
OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: (past and present) Board of Trustees, Palm
Beach Atlantic College; Advisory Board Member for Pre-Law Magnet
Program, Palm Beach Lakes Community High School; Board Member,
The Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County; Certified high
school varsity football referee, Florida
High School Activities Association
- HONORS & AWARDS: Member,
Editorial Board, Florida State University Law Review, 1976-77;
Selected as faculty member for the National Conference on Juvenile
Justice, Phoenix, Arizona, 1995; Trailblazer's
Awards--The Charmettes Women's Club, 1992.
PUBLICATIONS: Case Comment, "The Right to Resist an Unlawful
Arrest," 5 FLA.ST.U.L.REV.2 (Spring 1977) (Received award
for best student publication in Vol. 5).