Scott Bernstein is a Judge on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Florida, the state’s largest circuit encompassing Miami-Dade County, where he serves in the Family Division and the Unified Family Court/Complex Litigation Division.
Elected in 1998, Judge Bernstein asked to be assigned to juvenile court so he could focus on the needs of children. Prior to that, he served as a traffic magistrate from 1996 to 1997, and before that was in private practice beginning in 1983, first with a large corporate firm and then in his own firm as sole practitioner, concentrating in commercial litigation and appellate practice.
Judge Bernstein was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to the Standing Committee on Families and Children in the Courts and he chaired the Delinquency Subcommittee from 2004-08. He is also Chair of the Florida Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity, and has been appointed to this position by five different Chief Justices of the Florida Supreme Court.
Judge Bernstein lectures and teaches frequently on topics such as case management, criminal law, civil law, family law, juvenile law, and diversity. He has taught at the Florida Judicial College, the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, the Conference of Circuit Court Judges, The Conference of County Court Judges, and The National Judicial College. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Florida International University College of Law, teaching Family Law.
EDUCATION: Vanderbilt University, B.A.; University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D.