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First District Court of Appeal
2000 Drayton Drive.
Tallahassee, Florida

(850) 487-1000 main

(850) 488-6151 clerk's office

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Judge Joseph Lewis, Jr.



BIRTHDATE: January 6, 1953

BIRTHPLACE: Tallahassee, Florida


DEGREES: J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1977; B.S., University of Montana, 1974.

LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, First District Court of Appeal, 2001-present; Chief Judge, 2013-2015; Bureau Chief, Employment Litigation/Civil Litigation Section, Office of the Attorney General, 1995-2000; Senior Attorney, General Civil Litigation Section, Office of the Attorney General, 1981-1995; Assistant Public Defender, Second Judicial Circuit, 1978-1981; Judicial Research Aide, Florida Industrial Relations Commission, 1977-1978.

BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Supreme Court Standard Jury Instructions Committee, 2011-2016; Post Conviction Subcommittee of the Criminal Court Steering Committee, 2007-2011; Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 2007-2012 (Representative, 2003-2005); Criminal Law Section, 2002-2010 (Executive Council, 2002-2008); Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2001-2007, 2015-present (Vice Chair, 2004-2005); Government Lawyer Section, 1997-present (Treasurer, 2002-2004; Secretary, 2001-2002; Executive Council, 1998-2001; At-large Representative, 1997-2001); Labor and Employment Law Section, 1999-2000; Federal Court Practice Committee, 1997-2002 (Vice Chair, 2000-2001); Second Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee, 1998-2000 (Vice Chair, 1999-2000); Tallahassee Bar Association, 1996-present (Board of Directors, 1999-2001); Master Judge, First District Appellate American Inn of Court, 2013-215; Master of the Bench, William H. Stafford American Inn of Court, 2002-2005; Government Bar Association, 1991-present (President, 1995-1996; Vice President, 1994-1995); Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter, National Bar Association, 1995-present; Tallahassee Barristers Association, 1980-present. Admitted to Practice Before: U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida; Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona; U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court.

OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Current Activities: Tallahassee Urban League. Past Activities: Mentor, Leon County Public Schools; Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend; Member, Rickards High School Foundation Bylaws Committee; Lincoln High School Quarterback Club; Charter Member, C.K. Steele Memorial Jaycees; Parent-Volunteer, PGA Junior Golf Association; Coach, Little League; and provided pro bono legal services and counseling through the Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association and Legal Services of North Florida, Inc.

HONORS & AWARDS: Florida Bar Meritorious Public Service Award, 2000; “AV” rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1998; Community Service Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Delivery of Pro Bono Legal Services, Neighborhood Justice Center and Legal Services of North Florida, Inc., 1997; Florida Government Bar Association Award for Complete Dedication to the Advancement of the Organization, 1996; Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award of The Florida Bar for Exemplifying the Highest Ideals of Dedication, Professionalism, and Ethics in Serving the Public as a Government Lawyer, 1995; Certificate of Appreciation, Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend, 1995; Community Service Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Delivery of Pro Bono Legal Services, Legal Services of North Florida, Inc., and the Second Judicial Circuit, 1994; and various undergraduate academic awards, including Dean’s List, University of Montana, 1974.

PUBLICATIONS: CLE Materials on Prosecutorial Immunity


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