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Photograph of Judge David L. Levy Judge Judge David L. Levy

Judge David L. Levy was born in Miami, Florida. After graduating from Miami Senior High School, Judge Levy attended the University of Miami, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a Major in Government and a Minor in History. Thereafter, Judge Levy attended the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he was named to the Dean's Honor Roll and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1968.

Additional educational courses attended and successfully completed include the "Career Prosecutors Course", the "Organized Crime Seminar", and the "Advanced Organized Crime Seminar", at the National College of District Attorneys.

Judge Levy and his wife, Betty, were married in 1969 and have three children.

Judge Levy has also been involved in a number of other governmental,educational, and professional activities which include the following:

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ADMISSIONS:

    Florida Bar Association.
    Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges (1978-1989).
    Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges (1989-present).
    Admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of the State of Florida (including all Courts within the State).
    Admitted to practice by the United States Court of Appeals (Fifth Circuit).
    Admitted to practice by the United States Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit).
    Admitted to practice by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
    Admitted to practice by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
    Admitted to practice by the United States Tax Court.

HONORS & AWARDS:

    Received an Award from the Legal Studies Institute at Florida International University for “his long-standing commitment and dedication to the mission of delivering exceptional legal education programs to the community” (February 15, 2005).

    Named as an Honorary Member of the Moot Court Board at St. Thomas University School of Law (April 23, 2004).

    Named the Outstanding Jurist of the Year by St. Thomas University School of Law (December of 2003).

    Awarded an Honorary Membership in Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity by the members of the fraternity attending St. Thomas University School of Law. Membership in this fraternity is limited to those students whose grade point average places them in the top thirty percent of the Law School student body (2002).

    Received an Award from the St.Thomas University School of Law Moot Court Board "In recognition of your commitment to excellence" (2001).

    Received a Certificate of Appreciation Award from Florida International University "In recognition of valued service and outstanding performance in the Legal Studies Program" (May 25, 1995).

    Received a Certificate of Appreciation Award from Winston Park Elementary School "In appreciation of devoted and invaluable service" (April 21, 1995).

    Received a Certificate of Merit from the Dade County Bar Association "In recognition and appreciation for outstanding and constructive service to the Bar, the Bench, and the public" for work done teaching Appellate Practice and Procedure (1994).

    Received a Certificate of Appreciation Award from Florida International University "for outstanding performance and special contributions" (September 11, 1993).

    Received a Certificate of Appreciation Award from Florida International University "for continuous service and outstanding performance as an instructor" (May 22, 1993).

    Received Public Service Recognition Awards/Certificates from the following:

      Miami Springs Junior High School.
      Dade Association of Legal Assistants (1987).
      West Kendall Optimist Club (1987).
      Dade County Public School System (1986).
      Optimist Club of West Kendall (1986).
      Dadeland Lions Club (1978).
      Kiwanis Club of Miami Shores (1978).
      North Miami Beach Lions Club (1978).
      Kiwanis Club of Miami International Airport (1978).

    In all Judicial Polls conducted by the Florida Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association, and the Cuban American Bar Association, since Judge Levy became a judge, Judge Levy has received a rating of 90 percent or better as being "Qualified" or "Exceptionally Qualified".

CIVIC ACTIVITIES:

    March 11, 2004: Appointed as Chairperson of the Student Services Committee of the St. Thomas University Law School Board of Advisors.

    June, 2002, through present: Appointed to be a member of the Advisory Board of the St. Thomas University School of Law.

    November, 1998 through October, 2003: Served in the position of Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Miami-Dade Community College Legal Assistant Program.

    March 30, 1996: Gave Keynote Address at the St. Thomas University School of Law Annual Law Review Banquet. The subject of the address was "Professional Ethics".

    June, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995: Served as a Judge for the annual Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competitions sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar in Orlando, Florida.

    June 3, 1992, through October, 2003: Served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Miami-Dade Community College Legal Assistant Program.

    Named to membership in Who's Who of Florida (1982).

    Selected by the Honorable Bob Graham, Governor of the State of Florida, to be a participant in the 1982 Governor's Challenge Program entitled "Florida 2000: Creative Crime Control".

    Served as a member of the Criminal Justice Craft Advisory Committee of the Dade County Public School System (1978).

TEACHING ACTIVITIES:

    Florida International University (May, 2003 through present and April, 1986 through August, 1996): Appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor in the Paralegal Program at Florida International University. Courses taught include "Civil Procedure", "The Justice System" (formerly entitled "The American Legal System"), "Legal Research", and "Contracts". As noted above, Florida International University presented Judge Levy with Certificate of Appreciation Awards on May 22, 1993, September 11, 1993, and May 25, 1995.

    Miami-Dade Community College (November, 1998 through October, 2003): Served as Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Miami-Dade Community College Legal Assistant Program.

    St. Thomas University School of Law (March, 1995 through present, and September, 1984 through June, 1987): Appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor of Law at the St. Thomas University School of Law. Law courses taught include Professional Responsibility" (Legal Ethics), "Criminal Procedure - I" (Constitutional Procedure), "Criminal Procedure - II" (Courtroom Procedure), "White Collar Crime", "Sixth Amendment Seminar", and "Trial Advocacy Practice".

    Miami-Dade Community College (June 3, 1992 through October, 2003): Appointed to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Miami-Dade Community College Legal Assistant Program.

    Miami-Dade Community College (January, 1990 through October, 2003): Appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor at Miami-Dade Community College. Courses taught include "Trial Practice and Appeals", "Family Law", "Contracts", "Trial Preparation", and "Criminal Law", and "Fundamentals of Law".

    University of Miami (May, 1987 through August, 1991): Appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami. Courses taught include "Criminal Law", "Legal Research", and "Civil Procedure".

    St. Thomas University (September, 1982 through present): Appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas University (formerly Biscayne College). Undergraduate courses taught include "Constitutional Law", "State and Local Government", "Law and the Justice System", "Seminar on Organized Crime", "Courts and the Justice System", "Crime in South Florida", "American History", "Criminal Law and Procedure", "Public Affairs", "Sociology of Law and the Legal Profession", and other courses involving the Courts and the American Justice System (both civil and criminal).

    Nova University (January, 1977 through 1979): Appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Nova University. Courses taught include History, Government, and courses involving the Courts and the American Legal System.

    Institute on Organized Crime (June, 1974 through January 8, 1978): Served in the capacity of Adjunct Lecturer in the Institute on Organized Crime, which was organized and operated by the Dade County Public Safety Department (now known as the Metro-Dade Police Department). Judge Levy participated as a lecturer at the Institute on a voluntary (non-compensated) basis.

    December, 1968 through April, 1970: Was a full-time Junior High School teacher, instructing students in various subjects including history, geography, civics and mathematics.

LAW RELATED OFFICES AND POSITIONS:

    April 15, 1970, through January 8, 1978: Served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida (Dade County) in the office of State Attorney Richard E. Gerstein.

    April, 1970 through August, 1970: Assigned to the County Court Division of the State Attorney's Office.

    September, 1970 through August, 1971: Assigned to the Felony Division of the State Attorney's Office.

    September, 1971 through May, 1973: Appointed as a Chief Prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Dade County State Attorney's Office. This position involved the responsibility of handling some of the most serious cases assigned to the division.

    May, 1973 through January 8, 1978: Appointed as Chief Prosecutor of the Organized Crime and Public Corruption Prosecution Unit of the Dade County State Attorney's Office.

    June, 1976 through January 8, 1978: Appointed to the position of Executive Assistant to State Attorney Richard E. Gerstein.

    May, 1977 through January 8, 1978: Served as Legal Advisor to the Dade County Grand Jury, with the responsibility of presenting evidence and giving legal advice to the Dade County Grand Jury.

    January 9, 1978 through January 2, 1989: Judge Levy served in the position of Circuit Judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. Judge Levy was appointed to this position by the Honorable Reubin O'D. Askew, Governor of the State of Florida, on January 9, 1978.

    January, 1978 through November, 1980: Assigned to the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court. During the period of time that Judge Levy was assigned to the Criminal Division, he presided over all phases of criminal cases (including preliminary hearings, arraignments, Motions to Suppress, and trials) involving approximately 4,000 defendants. The cases handled included all types of felonies, ranging from Grand Theft to First Degree Murder.

    November 7, 1978: Re-elected as a Circuit Judge in a County-wide general election.

    January, 1979 through January 2, 1989: Assigned to serve as a member of the Appellate Division of the Circuit Court by the Chief Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit (in addition to remaining a member of the Criminal and General Jurisdiction Divisions). Cases heard included all types of appeals from county court trials and final actions taken by county and city commissions.

    November, 1980 through January 2, 1989: Assigned to the General Jurisdiction (Civil/Family) Division of the Circuit Court (in addition to remaining a member of the Appellate Division of the Circuit Court). Cases heard included all types of non-criminal trials, such as cases involving personal injury claims, divorces, injunctions, contractual disputes, and matters involving property.

    June, 1981 through January 2, 1989: Appointed to the Judicial Educational Committee of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida by the Chief Judge of the Circuit.

    November 6, 1984: Re-elected as a Circuit Judge.

    October 14-18, 1985: Appointed to the temporary position of Associate Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida.

    January 20-24, 1986: Appointed to the temporary position of Associate Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida.

    January, 1988 through January 2, 1989: Appointed to be a member of The Supreme Court Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges. This Committee was created by the Supreme Court of Florida to render written advisory opinions to inquiring Judges concerning the propriety of contemplated judicial and non-judicial conduct. The committee is expressly charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate. Its opinions are advisory to the inquiring party, to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and to all Judges in the State of Florida.

    January 3, 1989 through present: Judge Levy was appointed to the full-time position of Judge on the State of Florida's Third District Court of Appeal by the Honorable Bob Martinez, Governor of the State of Florida, on January 3, 1989. Judge Levy continues to serve in this position.

    July 14, 1989: Appointed to the temporary position of Associate Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida to hear a case in which the judges of the Fourth District Court of Appeal had recused themselves.

    November 6, 1990: Retained as a Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal in county-wide general elections held in Dade and Monroe Counties.

    December 11, 1991 through March 31, 1993: Appointed to be a member of The Supreme Court Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges. This Committee was created by the Supreme Court of Florida to render written advisory opinions to inquiring Judges concerning the propriety of contemplated judicial and non-judicial conduct. The committee is expressly charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate. Its opinions are advisory to the inquiring party, to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and to all Judges in the State of Florida.

    April 6, 1992; Appointed to the temporary position of Associate Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida to hear a case in which the judges of the Fourth District Court of Appeal had recused themselves.

    October, 1993 through October, 1994: Appointed to be a member of the Education Committee of the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges.

    November 5, 1996: Retained as a Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal in county-wide general elections held in Dade and Monroe Counties.

    July 1, 1999 through January 31, 2003: Appointed to be a member of The Supreme Court's Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee (formerly known as The Supreme Court's Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges). This Committee was created by the Supreme Court of Florida to render written advisory opinions to inquiring Judges concerning the propriety of contemplated judicial and non-judicial conduct. The committee is expressly charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate. Its opinions are advisory to the inquiring party, to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and to and to all Judges in the State of Florida.

    November 5, 2002: Retained as a Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal in county-wide general elections held in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

    March 10, 2004: Elected to the position of Chief Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal by a unanimous vote of the Judges of the Court. Judge Levy's term as Chief Judge begins on January 1, 2005. Judge Levy has been a Judge on the Third District court of Appeal for more than 15 years and was a Circuit Court Judge for 11 years prior to that. In addition to fulfilling his duties on the Court, Judge Levy has taught evening law classes as an Adjunct Professor, on a year-round basis, for more than 27 years.

    January 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006: Served as Chief Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal.

    June 30, 2006: Retired from Third District Court of Appeal