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Graduate of Washington University School of Law, which is consistently ranked in the top 10% of American Bar Association approved law schools

Attended College at the University of Houston in Texas, and graduated cum laude from Missouri State University with a major in Political Science and minors in both History and Legal Studies in Business

High School Valedictorian

Board Certified by the Florida Bar since 1995 in the field of Criminal Trial Law, the highest designation available for Florida Lawyers

Board Re-Certification in Criminal Law process completed in 2000, 2005, and 2010 

Former Assistant State Prosecutor

Over 15 years experience as the Chief Attorney of the Indian River and St. Lucie County Public Defender's Offices 

Death Penalty Certified, meeting Florida Supreme Court Qualifications

Nominated for Circuit Judge 5 times since September 2004

Teen Court Judge

Drug Court Team Member

Frequent Continuing Legal Education Lecturer on Criminal Law 

Published Author of Several Articles on Criminal Law Topics 

Helped develop case tracking computer database system with 19th Circuit Public Defender and State Attorney offices

Personally handled thousands of criminal law cases in Florida, from DUI's to Death Penalty cases

Committees and Organizations that John Unruh has been involved with include:

-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar
-The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
-Indian River County Public Safety Commission
-Courthouse Advisory Committee to the Board of Indian River County Commissioners
-Indian River County Historical Society, Board of Directors 1993-94
-Public Safety Coordinating Council
-School Advisory Council for Beachland Elementary School
-Substance Abuse Council of Indian River County
-School Improvement Team for Beachland Elementary School
-19th Circuit Criminal Justice Automated Technology Committee
-Riverside Children’s Theatre Volunteer
-Gifford Middle School Advisory Council
-Charity work with United Way and March of Dimes


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