Richard Polin has been with the Criminal Appeals Division of the Office of the Attorney General since 1984, and has been the Miami Bureau Chief since 2003. He received his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law in 1976, with honors. While in law school, he was a board member of the University of Florida Law Review. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, he served as a law clerk to two judges of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. He has been Board Certified in Criminal Appeals by the Florida Bar since 1993. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, in 1974.
Mr. Polin has served on several Supreme Court and Bar Committees, including the Supreme Court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases, and the Criminal Rules of Procedure Committee. He has been a member of the Criminal Law Section’s Executive Council since 2007. Since 2014, he has been authoring Case Law Updates, which are posted on the Criminal Law Section’s website on a weekly basis, covering decisions related to criminal law from the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and all of Florida’s District Courts of Appeal. He also co-authored, in 2008, the most recent edition of the Criminal Law Section’s Manual on Closing Arguments in Criminal Cases; the Manual is posted on the Criminal Law Section’s website.