ANTHONY C. MUSTO

ANTHONY C. MUSTO is an Assistant Professor of Law and the 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 75 on the merits in the Supreme Court of Florida.  Over the years, his practice has focused primarily on appeals, civil and criminal litigation, and 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 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 presently a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism and has previously been 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 has resulted 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 Publico 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 Community Relations and Parking Committees, and as President of the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra.