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The Honorable John L. Woodard III

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The Honorable:
John L. Woodard III


EDUCATION:

  • B.A. University of Florida
  • J.D. Wake Forest University

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar — 1978
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court – Middle District of Florida – 1978
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court – Northern District California – 1978
  • Admitted to 11th Circuit Court of Appeals – 1981
  • Admitted to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals – 1981
  • Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court – 1982
  • Board certified, Criminal Trial Specialist by The Florida Bar since 1988 to present
  • Former Assistant State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit
  • Past President, Central Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association
  • Past Chairman, Orange County Bar Criminal Law Committee

JUDICIAL HISTORY:

  • Helped establish the County Court Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit 2007 to present
  • Seminole County Mental Health Courts; assisted with the Mental Health Team in obtaining federal grants for the funding of said court
  • 2011 to present: Judge of the Mental Health Court in Seminole County
  • 2011 to present: Judge of the Veterans Court in Seminole County

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Member, Seminole County Bar Association
  • Member, Volie Williams Inns of Court, Seminole County
  • Member, Canvassing Board, Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Committee, Chair 2010 to 2014; 2014 alternate
  • Member, Seminole County Mental Health Task Force
  • Past member, Complex Crimes Committee of The American Bar Association
  • Past member, Federal Practice Committee
  • Past member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past member, Strike Force Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past member, Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, former President
  • Judge, Barry School of Law, Moot Court competition
  • AV rated in Martindale Hubbell – Preeminent Registry

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • 2010- Mize – Dickey Award – Judge of the year
  • 2012- Gary Formet Award of Judicial Excellence
  • 2013- Seminole County Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for the creation and implementation of Seminole County Veterans Court
  • 2013 – Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding service to veterans, Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Inc.