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The Honorable: Melanie Chase

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The Honorable:
Melanie Chase


  • University of Florida, College of Law, J.D.
  • Rollins College, B.A. (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Seminole State College, A.A. (with Highest Honors)


  • Supreme Court of the United States (Admitted 2006)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (Admitted 2003)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Admitted 2003)
  • The Florida Bar (Admitted 2002)


  • Administrative Judge, Civil Appeals Division
  • Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Diversity Liaison
  • Bar-Bench Liaison, Seminole County
  • Civil and Family Division
  • Criminal Division


    – President, Seminole County Bar Association
    – President, Seminole County Inn of Court
    – President, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents (Statewide)
    – President and Director, Seminole County Legal Aid Society
    – Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Awards Committee
    – Seminole County Bar Association, Board of Directors
    – Seminole County Inn of Court, Board of Directors
    – Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, Board of Directors
    – Fellow, The Florida Bar Foundation
    – Co-Chair, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
  • COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (Past and Current):
    – Chair, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (Appointed by two Governors)
    – Vice-Chair, Seminole County Planning and Zoning Commission
    – Seminole County Board of Adjustment
    – Code Enforcement Magistrate, City of Oviedo
    – President, Private Business Association of Seminole
    – Brevard County Civilian Military Council, 45th Space Wing
    – Habitat for Humanity in Seminole County, Board of Directors
    – Seminole County Affordable Housing Commission
    – Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Orlando Chapter, Board of Directors
    – Chair, South Seminole Hospital Women’s Advisory Council
    – Early Learning Coalition of Seminole, Board of Directors
    – Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, Board of Directors
    – Districting Commission Advisory Board, City of Winter Springs
    – SERTOMA (Service to Mankind) Member
    – Community Leaders and Elected Officials Member
    – Board of Advisors to The Village (providing transitional living to children aging out of Florida’s Foster Care System)


  • Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
  • Seminole County Bar Award for Outstanding Professionalism
  • “Women Who Mean Business” Finalist, Orlando Business Journal
  • Seminole County Legal Aid Society Past President’s Award
  • Edward C. Smith Award from Seminole County Legal Aid Society (awarded for “Outstanding Contributions to Pro Bono Projects and the General Betterment of the Community”)