||Catalina M. Avalos
U.S. (SUPERIOR COURTS/TRIAL-LEVEL/COUNTY LEVEL/)
Judge Catalina M. Avalos is a Superior Court Judge in Florida
Judge Catalina Avalos attended Pioneer Middle School and graduated with honors from Western High School in Davie. Judge Avalos proceeded to attend Broward Community College, Honors Institute, and received a scholarship to attend Florida International University. Judge Catalina received her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University in 1996.
Judge Catalina M. Avalos was born in Colombia and emigrated to the United States with her parents and her younger brothers.
May, 1996, Juris Doctorate.
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Deans List, Moot Court Board Member, Public Service Fellowship, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Vice President 1995, President 1996, Nova Southeastern University Scholarship Recipient 1994 and 1995, Moot Court and Mock Trial Competitions, Semi-Finalist in the Ken Raab Memorial Mock Trial Competition.
May, 1993, Bachelor of Arts,
Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Major: Political Science; Minor: International Relations.
Honors: Deanís List, National Deanís List Nomination, Scholarís Award, Finalist in the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Washington, DC.
May, 1992, Associate in Arts with Honors,
Broward Community College
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Judge Avalos's Awards & Recognitions.
2004 Proclamation conferred by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners
2004 Women of Distinction Award conferred by the March of Dimes.
2004 Paul May Young Lawyers Professionalism Award conferred by the
Broward County Bar Association
2005 Hispanic Women of Distinction Award conferred by Viva Broward
2005 Diamantes of Broward conferred by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
2006 Broward Community College Distinguished Alumna Award 2007 Broward County Bar Presidentís Award
2007 Nova Southeastern Universityís Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.
Florida Bar Association:
Member, 1996- ...-Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee, 2007 to ...
-Membership Outreach Committee, 2004 to ...
Broward County Bar Association: Member, 2003- ...; Board member, 2005
Broward County Hispanic Bar Association: Board Member 2000- ...;
Broward County Women Lawyers Association: Board Member, 2003-present
Cuban American Bar Association: Member, 2005-present
Florida Supreme Court Interpreter Certification Committee.
Catalina began her legal career, as a law clerk and an associate, at the law firm of Psyka, Kessler, Massey, Holton, et al., in Fort Lauderdale.
She then went to work as an Assistant State Attorney in Broward County under your elected State Attorney Michael Satz. Because of her dedication and hard work, she was entrusted with trying second degree murders, 10-20-Life cases, and sexual battery cases. She gained the respect of her colleagues, opposing counsel, and the judiciary as a fair-minded, intelligent, and professional lawyer with vast trial experience.
She was also responsible for training and supervising over 200 attorneys as the Deputy Chief of the County Court Division and a Senior Supervisor of the Juvenile Delinquency Unit. She was instrumental in developing the Misdemeanor Diversion Program for first time offenders.
Judge Avalos has also served as an adjunct professor at Broward Community College and has taught courses in Legal Issues in Arson Investigation, Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and Case Preparation and Courtroom Presentation at Broward Community College.
Since serving as your County Court Judge, Judge Avalos has presided over civil and criminal matters in both the Circuit and County court. Consistently demonstrating the professional demeanor and other qualities we value in a judge, Catalina
Catalina has earned a reputation as a dedicated jurist who treats all who appear before her with fairness and respect.
She has presided in over 15,000 cases as your County Court Judge. She handles matters involving Foreclosures, Landlord Tenant Cases and Consumer Debt Cases. She also presides over criminal cases involving misdemeanors and traffic criminal violations. Because of her experience, she is regularly appointed by the Chief Judge to preside over felony cases.
She has written opinions published in the Florida Law Weekly and has been invited to give lectures to other judges at the Conference of County Court Judges.
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