BIOGRAPHY
Honorable Judge Cynthia L. Cox

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EDUCATION

  • Vero Beach High School, 1978
  • Indian River Community College, 1978-1979
  • B.S., Finance & Management, FSU, 1982
  • J.D., Law, Florida State University, 1986
  • Audit, USF & Univ. of Tampa, 1987

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE

  • Circuit Judge, 19th Judicial Circuit, elected November, 1996
  • Civil Division, Indian River County 2011-2015
  • Family/DV Division, Indian River County 2009-2011; St. Lucie County 1997-2002, 2004-2008; Administrative Judge, Family Division 1999-2002, 2004-2006
  • Felony Criminal Division, St. Lucie County 2008-2009; Indian River County 2002-2004, 2016 - present
  • Drug Court Judge, Indian River County 2002-2006; St. Lucie County 2008-2009
  • Mental Health Court Judge, St. Lucie County 2006-present; Indian River County 2015-present
  • Veterans Treatment Court Judge, Indian River County 2016-present
  • Appellate Panel, 2001 - present
  • Associate Judge, 4th District Court of Appeal, WPB, 1999
  • Domestic Violence Diversion Judge/Acting County Judge, St. Lucie County 2001-2003

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Law Clerk: William W. Corry, Tallahassee, FL; Benjamin K. Phipps, Tallahassee; Mark Levine, Tallahassee, FL; First District Court of Appeal; Florida Legislature, 1980-1986
  • Attorney: Isphording, Korp, Muirhead, Haworth & White, Chartered, Sarasota & Venice, FL, 1986-1988; Cynthia L. Cox, P.A., Vero Beach, FL 1988-1996
  • Adjunct Professor: IRCC, 1990
  • Member, Florida Bar, October 21, 1986
  • Member, U.S. District Court, Middle District, April 24, 1987

OTHER JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE

St. Lucie County:

    • Created and began Night Court in the Family Division
    • Set up Compliance Programs for DV Court
    • Created and began SLC Domestic Violence Diversion Court (DVDP)
    • Implemented Nationwide Day in Court
    • Implemented Ride-A-Longs for elected officials
    • Implemented Mental Health Court, 2006

19th Circuit:

    • Mentor Judge, 2004-2010
    • Judicial Chair, DV Task Force, 1998-2001
    • Chair, Family Law Advisory Group, 1999-2001, 2004-2008
    • Chair, Supervised Visitation Committee, 1998-2001, 2004-2008
    • Co-Chair, Pro Bono & Professionalism Committees, 1999-2001
    • Member, 19th Circuit’s Budget & Oversight Committees, 2000-2001
    • Member, Appellate Panel, 2001-present
    • Member, SLC Mental Health Diversion Workgroup, 2006-present
    • Member, SLC Reentry Program Committee, 2007- 2015
    • Created DV Law Enforcement & CPT Training & Materials
    • Implemented IRC Drug Court 2002; IRC Mental Health Court 2015

Florida:

    • Team Leader, Statewide Conference on Pro Se Litigation Member, Summit on Redefining Florida’s Family Courts
    • Member, Supervised Visitation Workgroup of the FCSC’s Model Courts Subcommittee
    • Member, Masters & Hearings Workshop for Committee on Trial Court Performance & Accountability of JMC
    • Volunteer, Supreme Court of Florida Justice Teaching, 2007-present
    • Member, Character & Fitness Commission, Florida Bd. of Bar Examiners, 2008-2010
    • Member, Commission on Trial CourtPerformance Management Workgroup, FSCC on Trial Court Performance & Accountability, 2014 – present
    • Foreclosure Caselaw Update; Email list for attorneys and judges, 2011-2015

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Legal:

    • Justice Teaching Coordinator & Select Committee, 19th Circuit, 2009-present
    • Justice Major B. Harding American Inns of Court, 2012-2013, 2015-2016
    • Indian River County Bar Association, 1989-present; Former Member of Board of Directors, Domestic Violence Task Force Liaison, Law Week Committee, Bench/Bar Liaison
    • St. Lucie County Bar Association, 1997-present; Bench/Bar Committee
    • Sarasota County Bar Association, 1986-1988; Chair, Legislative Committee & Editor of "Legislative Update" of the SCBA Newsletter, The Docket & Young Lawyer Section
    • Venice-Englewood Bar Association, 1986-1988
    • Florida Association of Women Lawyers, 1987-1997
    • Sarasota & Treasure Coast Chapters (Speaker’s Committee Sarasota Chapter)
    • Florida Bar Association, 1986-present
    • Committees: Fee Arbitration, Lawyer Referral Services, Relations Between CPA’s & Attorneys, Special Needs of Children & Support Issues 1986-1997
    • Sections: Banking & Corporate, Business Law, General Practice, Marital & Family Law, Real Property Probate & Trust & Trial Lawyers 1986-1997
    • Family Law Section Committees: Timesharing, Support Issues, Children’s Issues & Domestic Violence 2005-2009
    • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1986-1997 Legislative Key Contact, Membership Committee & Commercial Litigation Section
    • American Bar Association, 1989-1997 Sections: Corporation, Banking & Business Law, General Practice, Tort & Insurance, Real Property, Probate & Trust; Taxation & Young Lawyers
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1987-1997
    • American Judge’s Association, 1997-2002
    • Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, 1997-present
    • Certified Arbitrator, May 31, 1991
    • Certified Family Mediator, July 21, 1995
    • Attorney Ad Litem, 1989-1997
    • Guardian Ad Litem, 1989-1997

Non-Legal:

    • Chamber of Commerce/Indian River County, 1996
    • Character Counts Coalition of IRC, 1997-present
    • Fairness Committee DOVES for Safespace, 1989-1990
    • Downtown Vero Beach Association, 1995-1997
    • Exchange Club of Indian River, 1989-1997
    • Exchange Club of Sarasota-Bradenton, 1986-1988  
    • Gulf Coast Eye Foundation, Board Member, 1987-1988
    • Kids Town, Board, 1988-1989
    • March of Dimes Walkamerica Steering Committee, 1989-1990
    • National Organization for Women, 1996
    • New Leaders Council, 1987-1988
    • New Directions/American Cancer Society, 1988-1991
    • Seminole Boosters, Inc., 1982-present
    • The Volunteer Center, 1987
    • Treasure Coast Women, 1989
    • Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast, Board Member, 1995-present
    • VNA Hospice, Board Member & Past Chairperson, 1990-1996
    • Indian River County Mental Health Collaborative, 2009-present
    • Florida Partners In Crisis, 2010-2014
    • Impact 100, 2011-2014

Author:

    • "Domestic Violence & Children," Florida Parenting News, November 2000
    • A View From The Bench," Bench & Bar Visitation Report, Spring 2001
    • "So, You’ve Been Called To Testify," Supervised Visitation Networker, Spring 2001
    • The Guardian Ad Litem Program, A Powerful Voice For Children," Florida Parenting News, May 2001
    • "What Family Judges Really Want To Hear," Family Law Commentator, Fall 2002
    • Responses to the Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis in Florida: Opening a New Chapter in 2015,” Friendly Passages, July-August 2015

Awards/Commendation:

    • Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award, 19th Circuit, 1996
    • Nominee, Soroptomist Intl of St. Lucie "Women of Distinction" Award, 2001
    • Chief Justice’s Commendation, Florida Supreme Court, For Service to the Public, 2004
    • MADD, Appreciation for Service & Dedication to the War Against Drugs, 2004
    • Justice Education Award, 2009
    • NAMI in Indian River County, Iris Award, 2015
    • Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion, The Chapel of Four Chaplains, 2015
    • Chief Justice’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award, 2016

Frequent Lecturer:

    • Judicial Panel, 30th Annual Institute, Florida AAML, 2008 & 2009
    • Justice Teaching Institute, 2007-present
    • CIT Graduation Speaker, 2007-2014
    • 19th Circuit’s Professionalism Bench/Bar Conference, 1997-present
    • 19th Circuit’s Family Law Seminar, 1999-2001
    • Family Law Update (quarterly CLE presentation), 1997-2002, 2004-2011
    • 19th Circuit’s Domestic Violence Summit, 2003 & 2005
    • Domestic Violence for Law Enforcement, 1999-2008, 2009-2011
    • Guardian Ad Litem Training for 19th Circuit, 1997-2002
    • 19th Circuit’s Mediation Summit, 2001
    • Treasure Coast Paralegal Association, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013
    • St. Lucie-Okeechobee Medical Associations, CME, 2001 & 2006
    • Florida Partners In Crisis Reinvestment Conference, 2010
    • Association of Family Law Professionals, 2010
    • UP Symposium on Poverty and Justice Reform, 2017
    • Protect Florida Democracy, 2017