Circuit Judge Melanie Chase Biography


Circuit Judge Melanie Chase

The Honorable Melanie Chase

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The Honorable:
Melanie Chase


  • JD, University of Florida College of Law,
  • BA, Rollins College (Summa Cum Laude)
  • AA, Seminole State College (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, Criminal/Felony Division
  • Administrative Judge, Civil Appeals Division
  • Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Diversity Liaison
  • Bar-Bench Liaison, Seminole County
  • Civil and Family Division
  • Criminal Division


    Judicial Liaison, Seminole County Florida Association of Women Lawyers
    Board of Directors, Seminole County Bar Association
    Board of Directors, Seminole County Inn of Court
    Board of Directors, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents
    Fellow, The Florida Bar Foundation
    President, Seminole County Bar Association
    President, Seminole County Inn of Court President
    President, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents (Statewide)
    President and Director, Seminole County Legal Aid Society
    Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Awards Committee
    Co-Chair, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
  • COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (Past and Present):
    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
    Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity in Seminole County
    Seminole County Affordable Housing Commission
    Board of Directors, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Orlando Chapter
    Chair, South Seminole Hospital Women’s Advisory Council
    Board of Directors, Early Learning Coalition of Seminole
    Board of Directors, Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
    Districting Commission Advisory Board, City of Winter Springs
    Member, SERTOMA (Service to Mankind)
    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)​


    • Seminole County Bar Association’s Judge of the Year
    • 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”)
    • Seminole County Legal Aid Society’s 18th Judicial Circuit Public Service Award