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

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Judge Stephanie W. Ray





•         Born June 6, 1970, in Vicksburg, Mississippi

•         Married, two children




•       J.D. (with Honors), Florida State University College of Law, 1995

                Florida State University Law Review

                Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law

                Journal of Transnational Law & Policy


•       B.A. (Cum Laude), Vanderbilt University, 1992




•         June 27, 2011, by Governor Rick Scott




•         Judge, First District Court of Appeal (2011 to present)

•         Chair, State of Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (2008-11)

•         Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (2002-06; Chair 2005-06)

•         Assistant Dean for Development, Florida State University College of Law (2007-08)

           Associate Dean for Administration, Florida State University College of Law (2004-07)

           Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Florida State University College of Law (2000-04)

•         Attorney, Ausley & McMullen, P.A., Tallahassee (1995-99)





•      The Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee

•      The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Council

•      The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section Executive Council, Judicial Representative

•      William H. Stafford American Inn of Court (Past President and Master Member)

•      First District Appellate American Inn of Court (Executive Committee and Master Member)

•      Tallahassee Women Lawyers (Board of Directors and Mentoring Co-Chair)

•      Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges Education Committee

•      First DCA Liaison to Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity

•      Justice Teaching Volunteer

•      Federalist Society Tallahassee Lawyers Chapter (President, 1995-99; Member, 1995 to present) 

•      FSU College of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors (President, 2012-13)

•      The Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (2010-12)

•      The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism (Chair, 2010-12)

•      The Florida Bar Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee (2006-12)

•      The Florida Bar Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee (Chair, 2004-05)

•      Tallahassee Bar Association (Board of Directors, 1998-2000; Member, 1995 to present)


CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Leadership Florida Class XXIX; Leadership Tallahassee Class XV (Board of Governors, 2005-06; Opportunity Tallahassee Chair, 2005-06); Junior League of Tallahassee (Sustaining Member, 2008 to present; Board of Directors, 2002-03; Active Member, 1995-2008); SouthWood YMCA Advisory Council (2010-13); Ronald McDonald House of Tallahassee, Inc. (Board of Directors, 2009); Brehon Institute for Family Services (Board of Directors, 1998-2000); St. Peter’s Anglican Church; Kappa Delta Tallahassee Alumni Association; Gulf Winds Track Club


HONORS AND AWARDS:  The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Jurist Award (2012); The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section Volunteer of the Year Award (2013-14; 2010-11; 2009-10); The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism Service Award (2008-09; 2009-10); Selected by Florida Association of Women Lawyers as a member of the inaugural group of Outstanding Women in the Law (2010); The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Most Productive Young Lawyer Award (1997)




•         Lindsey Lawton, Career Attorney

•         Joshua Hawkes, Law Clerk

•         C.J. Buckley, Judicial Assistant




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