Former Judge Mark E. Polen


Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Iowa, 1966; Juris Doctorate, University of Miami School of Law, 1969; National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno, 1981, 1983 & 1988; Institute of Judicial Administration's Appellate Judges Seminar, New York University School of Law, 1991; American Bar Association Appellate Judges Seminar, Nevada, 1993.

Legal Offices & Positions:

Chief Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, July 1, 2001-June 30, 2003; Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1989-April 30, 2013; Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge, 1979-88; Administrative Judge, Juvenile Division, 1980-81; Civil Division, 1981-86; Criminal Division, 1986-88; Industrial Claims Judge for Broward County, 1977-79; Private Practice, 1969-77.

Honors & Awards:

Award winner in freshman Moot Court Competition, University of Miami School of Law, 1967; election to Bar and Gavel Honorary Society, member-at-large, University of Miami School of Law, 1968; a founder of the International Law Society Journal: Lawyer of the Americans, University of Miami School of Law, 1968; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers' Gavin K. Letts Memorial Jurist of the Year, 1994.

Judicial & Bar Activities:

Broward County Bar Association, 1980-91; The Florida Bar: Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee, 1992-95; Professional Stress Committee, 1984-85; Rules of Civil Procedure Committee; Family Law Section: Bench/Bar Committee, 1988-89; Long Range Planning Committee, 1989-91; Executive Council, 1988-present, Chair, 1994-95; Family Court Rules of Procedure Committee, 1992-1998; Broward Lawyers Care-Board of Directors, 1988-91; Florida Conference of Appellate Judges, 1989-present; former member: Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, 1979-88.

Other Civic Activities:

B'nai B'rith Justice Unit No. 5207, President, 1986; B'nai B'rith Palm Beach County Justice Unit No. 5360, member, 1993-present; Board of Directors, The Starting Place (drug rehabilitation program for teenagers), Hollywood, FL, 1982-89; Adjunct Professor, Nova Law School, 1988-96; Fort Lauderdale Dog Club; Chinese Crested Club of America.

Articles & Publications:

Lawyer of the Americas, University of Miami School of Law (With A.J. Thomas) "Inter-American Legal Studies at the University of Miami" Feb. 1969; The Family Law Commentator, Vol. XVII, No. 3, June 1993, "Living with Dr. Canakaris and Mrs. Canakaris in the Real World-Another View."