J.D., Catholic University of America
After 11 years as a full-time member of the faculty, Anthony C. Musto assumed adjunct status in 2016. He has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I and II, Evidence, Advanced Criminal Law, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Advanced Evidence, Juvenile Law, and Appellate Practice.
Prof. Musto is board certified by The Florida Bar in both juvenile law and appellate practice and is a two-term member of the Bar’s Appellate Practice Certification Committee. Over the years, his practice has focused primarily on appeals, civil and criminal litigation, children’s law, and local government and administrative matters. He has handled well over 1,000 appellate proceedings, including more than 75 on the merits in the Supreme Court of Florida.
During his career, he has served as a City Commissioner for the City of Hallandale Beach, 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 master 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 Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and The Florida Bar Foundation, a Co-Executive Director of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Specialized Practice Division, a Vice-Chair of The Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee, and a member of The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee. He has previously served as the President of Florida Legal Services, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors of The Florida Bar Foundation, and a member of the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk, Standing Committee on Professionalism, and Criminal Justice Section Council, He has also been a member of the Supreme Court of Florida Commission on Professionalism and Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases. He is a past-chair of the Appellate Practice, Criminal Law, Government Lawyer and Public Interest Law 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 a recipient of The Florida Bar Claude Pepper Award, presented “for exemplifying the highest ideals of dedication, professionalism and ethics in serving the public as a government lawyer;” The Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section John J. Copelan, Jr., Public Interest Award, which recognizes achievements in and dedication to the public interest; The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section John R. Hamilton Pro Bono Award, which honors recipients for appellate pro bono service; and the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program Children’s Champion Award, for pro bono representation in the best interests of children. He has also received the Florida Association of County Attorneys President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor, and repeated recognition by Law & Politics magazine as one of Florida’s top lawyers. In addition, the South Florida Daily Business Review has repeatedly recognized him as one of the area’s most effective appellate lawyers.
Prof. Musto’s achievements include organizing the first national conference on professionalism for government lawyers, establishing statewide pro bono programs to provide representation for children aging out of foster care and for human trafficking victims seeking sealing or expunction of criminal records, 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 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.
Professor Musto’s civic involvement includes service as the President of the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra, chair of Hallandale Beach’s Community Relations, Parking and Charter Review Committees, and a trustee of the Hallandale Beach Police Officers and Firefighters Personnel Retirement Trust. As a result of his years of volunteer service to the community, Prof. Musto has been inducted into the Dr. Nan S. Hutchison Broward Senior Hall of Fame.