Jennifer Zedalis


Welcome to the Criminal Law Section (CLS) of the Florida Bar. The CLS is for all who are interested in criminal law and believe in a fair, just, and efficient criminal justice system for Florida. Our over 2,300 members include judges, prosecutors, public and private criminal defense lawyers, law professors, and law students. This diverse membership gives us a credible, meaningful voice on Florida criminal justice issues.

We provide great CLEs about real-life issues; neutral case law updates; and marketing opportunities. Plus let’s face it, criminal law practitioners are fun to be around. Please look at our list of committees. We hope that you will join a committee. We offer free CLS membership for 100 young lawyers and for all law students.  Join today!

Thanks for visiting our webpage. We would love you to be more involved in the CLS. Please contact me with any questions (

Yours truly,

Jennifer Zedalis
CLS Chair 2019-20


The Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar is the only organization for state and federal trial and appellate criminal justice lawyers, judges, and academics. Members of the Section are united by their shared goal of providing a fair, just, and efficient criminal justice system for everyone. The purpose of the Section is to assist all criminal law practitioners in this shared goal. The Section provides its members continuing legal education (CLE), federal and state case law updates, up to date information about important criminal law legislation, and opportunities to interact with others who work to assure criminal justice.


1. Supports a comprehensive review of Florida’s entire death penalty process by all
branches of government.

2. Supports Federal HR 3407, National Center for the Right to Counsel Act, which
would provide additional federal money to public defense organizations in Florida.

Previous Criminal Law Section Chairs

2018 O. David Barksdale
Joel M. Silvershein
2016 Hon. Angelica D. Zayas
2015 David B. Rothman
2014 Susan O. Hugentugler
2013 H. Scott Fingerhut
2012 Hon. Lisa M. Porter
2011 Sheryl J. Lowenthal
2010 Carolyn M. Snurkowski
2009 Larry D. Murrell, Jr.
2008 Ann E. Finnell
2007 Les Hess
2006 Hon. Phyllis D. Kotey
2005 Paul H. Zacks

2004 Melanie A. Hines
Prof. Steven Everhart
2002 Hon. DeDee S. Costello
2001 Harvey Sepler
2000 George E. Tragos
1999 Michael R. Band
1998 Hon. Claire K. Luten
1997 Anthony C. Musto
1996 Doug Duncan
1995 Benedict P. Kuehne
1994 Barry E. Krischer
1993 Phillip Maniatty
1992 Hon. John D. Moxley, Jr.
1991 William P. White, III

1990 Michael Salnick
John F. Yetter
1988 Jon Sale
1987 Abe Laeser
1986 Hon. Stan Morris
1985 Michael Van Zamft
1984 Hon. Marvin Mounts
1983 Gerald T. Bennett
1982 Meredith J. Cohen
1981 Ira Dubitsky
1980 Joseph D’Alessandro
1979 Louis O. Frost, Jr.
1978 Ronald K. Cacciatore
1977 Hon. Benjamin M. Tench