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Frank A. Orlando

Frank Orlando
Judge (ret.), Director of the Center for the Study of Youth Policy
(954) 262-6185


  • J.D., University of Florida, 1963
  • B.S. Ed., University of Florida, 1957
Frank A. Orlando is the director of the Center for the Study of Youth Policy at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law. He coordinates technical assistance for the Annie E. Casey Foundation for Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative. Judge Orlando coordinated the Annie E. Casey Foundation Broward County Detention Reform Initiative from 1988 to 1991. He directed the Florida Detention Initiative from 1994 to 1998. Judge Orlando supervises the work of law student interns assigned to the Center. 

In 2000-2001, Judge Orlando served as the Director of the International Network for Juvenile Justice, at the defense for Children International in Genève Switzerland.

Prior to assuming his current position, Judge Orlando served as a Florida Circuit Court judge for 21 years. His primary assignments were in juvenile and family law divisions. He developed and supervised the court connected mediation program and has written extensively in the areas of mediation, juvenile justice and restorative justice.

Judge Orlando was Assistant Attorney General for the state of Florida. He is past Chair of the Florida Supreme Court Mediation Training and Standards Commission. He served as the Chair of the Florida Delegation to the White House Conference on Families and served as the Chair of the Florida Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force where he directed the development of the 1990 Juvenile Justice Reform Act. In 1992 he chaired the Florida Legislative Detention Reform Task Force. He is a member of the Florida State Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice.

Judge Orlando holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida. He is a member of The Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 1992, Judge Orlando received the American Bar Association Livingston Hall Justice Award and has twice been awarded the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Distinguished Service Award. In 1998, he received the A.L. Carlisle Child Advocacy Award from The National Coalition for Juvenile Justice. In March of 2001 he received the Lifetime Achievement Child Advocacy Award from Associated Marine Institutes.

Judge Orlando was a 2016 University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance Alumni Hall of Fame recipient.
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