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Whitney M. Untiedt

Partner 
Director of Pro Bono Initiatives
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131
 
Tel:
305.374.5600
Fax:
305.374.5095
 
 

Whitney Untiedt is a partner in the Miami office and Akerman's Director of Pro Bono Initiatives. She supervises the firm's many pro bono programs, and develops strategic partnerships and collaborations that align with Akerman's philanthropic focus on education and youth development. Prior to joining Akerman, Whitney spent a year as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, followed by nine years as an Assistant Public Defender in Florida, where she developed a specialized practice focusing on the representation of high-risk juveniles involved in delinquency and dependency proceedings. Whitney is co-director of the Southern Juvenile Defender Center, a member of the Florida Children's Justice Act Task Force, and immediate past chair of the Florida Juvenile Court Rules Committee. Whitney speaks regularly on issues of child advocacy, professional responsibility, and general litigation practice.
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Florida Bar Leadership Academy, Class I Fellow
 
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National Institute for Trial Advocacy Next Generation Award
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2017, Listed as an "Up and Comer" for Criminal Law
 
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Daily Business Review, 2016, Lawyer of the Year
 
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Daily Business Review, 2015, Most Effective Lawyer Finalist for Pro Bono
 
Published Works & Lectures
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The Florida Bar Juvenile Law and Practice Manual, Author, "The Role of the Lawyer"
 
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UF Law Center for Children & Families, Accredited Contributor, "Juvenile Justice Handbook"
 
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National Juvenile Defender Center Summit, Co-Presenter, "Advanced Topics in Cross Examination," October 28, 2016
 
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Public Defense Training, Speaker, "Let's Talk About Sex: Criminalization of Normal Adolescent Sexual Behavior," September 8, 2016
 
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John Marshall Law School D'Agostino Symposium, Moderator, "Decreasing Youth Incarceration," March 2015
 
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National Institute for Trial Advocacy, San Juan PR Deposition Skills Program, Faculty & Lecturer, March 2015
 
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U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, Advanced Experts Program, Faculty, December 2014
 
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Florida Public Defender Conference, Juvenile Track Program Director, 2013, 2014
 
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National Juvenile Defender Center Summit, Presenter & Caucus Facilitator, 2013, 2014
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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American Bar Association, Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section; Public Interest Section; Standing Committee on Professionalism; Juvenile Court Rules Committee; Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
 
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Association of Pro Bono Counsel, Member
 
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National Juvenile Defender Center, National Advisory Board
 
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Southern Juvenile Defender Center, Co-Director
 
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National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty
 
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University of Florida Law Alumni Council, Board of Directors
 
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University of Florida Center on Children and Families, Affiliate
 

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Education
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2005; cum laude
B.A., College of William and Mary, 1999; James Monroe Academic Scholar
 
 
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