ANTHONY C. MUSTO

ANTHONY C. MUSTO is an Adjunct Professor of Law and a former Director of Community Outreach and Pro Bono Services at St. Thomas University School of Law. In addition, he maintains an active practice, focusing primarily on appellate matters. He is board certified by The Florida Bar in the field of appellate practice and is a two-term member of the Bar’s Appellate Practice Certification Committee. He has handled well over 1,000 appellate proceedings, including more than 80 on the merits in the Supreme Court of Florida. Over the years, his practice has focused primarily on appeals, civil and criminal litigation, and juvenile, local government and administrative matters. During his career, he has served as the Chief Counsel of the Florida Attorney General’s Miami Office, the Chief Appellate Counsel of the Broward County Attorney’s Office, an Assistant State Attorney, an Assistant Public Defender, a Special Counsel for Florida’s Department of Children and Families, a Special Master/Magistrate for code enforcement matters, an Arbitrator for Lemon Law disputes, and a Hearing Officer for both traffic infraction and school expulsion proceedings. Prof. Musto is a past-chair of the Public Interest Law, Appellate Practice, Criminal Law, and Government Lawyer Sections of The Florida Bar, the Bar’s Council of Sections, the Florida Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, and the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. He is the President-elect of Florida Legal Services, Inc., a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Youth at Risk, and the Co-Executive Director of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Specialized Practice Division. Previously, he served as a Co-Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Juvenile Justice Committee, a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism and a member of the Supreme Court of Florida Commission on Professionalism. He is a recipient of The Florida Bar Claude Pepper Award, which is presented “for exemplifying the highest ideals of dedication, professionalism and ethics in serving the public as a government lawyer.” He has also received the Florida Association of County Attorneys President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor, and recognition by Law & Politics magazine as one of Florida’s top lawyers and by the South Florida Business Review as one of south Florida’s most effective appellate lawyers. His achievements include organizing the first national conference on professionalism for government lawyers, as well as authoring, submitting and successfully arguing in favor of the rule adopted by the Supreme Court of Florida requiring the use of recycled paper for documents filed in the state court system, a rule that resulted at the time in the saving of an estimated 850,000 trees annually. In addition, he developed and coordinated the Broward County Attorney’s Office’s pro bono program, a program that became a model for public agencies throughout the nation, as reflected by its receipt of the ABA Pro Bono Public Award and the Supreme Court of Florida Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation. Prof. Musto’s civic involvement includes service as a City Commissioner for the City of Hallandale Beach, as Chair of the City’s Charter Review, Community Relations and Parking Committees, and as President of the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra.