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The Honorable Melissa Souto

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The Honorable:
Melissa Souto


EDUCATION:

  • Florida State University College of Law, 2001
  • University of Central Florida, BA 1998
  • Double Major Political Science and Liberal Studies

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Seminole County Sheriff’s Office 2010-2015
    • Assistant and General Counsel
  • Law Office of Sherman and Souto, 2008-2010
  • Seminole County State Attorney’s Office, 2002-2008
    • Assistant State Attorney
  • Volusia County State Attorney’s Office, 2001-2002
    • Assistant State Attorney

JUDICIAL HISTORY:

  • Appointed to the Circuit bench in 2015
  • Assigned to Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Dependency, Probate, Guardianship, Mental Health (Baker Acts and Marchman Acts), Divorces and Domestic Violence Injunctions associated with Dependency cases
  • Administrative Judge for Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency 2017-present
  • Administrative Judge for Probate, Guardianship and Mental Health 2017-Present
  • Elected to the Circuit bench 2018

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Seminole County Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Brevard County Bar Association
  • Volie A Williams inns of Court (Seminole County)
  • Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court
  • Seminole County Community Leaders and Elected Officials
  • Brevard County Civilian Military Council, 45th Space wing
  • Sertoma Seminole County Chapter
  • Student Advisory Council Seminole County Public Charter School (Past)
  • Florida Association of Police Attorneys (Past)
  • Volusia County Bar Association (Past)
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society (Past)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Past)
  • Golden Key Honor Society (Past)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • Distinguished Service Award- Seminole County Bar Association 2018
  • Sheriff’s Commendation 2014