Board of Advisors Adds Three New Members

Orlando, Fla. – Three new members have joined the Board of Advisors for the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law: Bryant Applegate, County Attorney for Seminole County; The Honorable Bob LeBlanc, Circuit Judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit; and Michael Sasso, partner in Michael C. Sasso, P.A.

The Board of Advisors is responsible for aiding the law school administration and faculty in the evaluation, growth and development of the school.

“These new members join an already distinguished group of community leaders on our Board of Advisors,” said Leticia M. Diaz, dean of the Barry University School of Law.  “We are honored to have them on the board and look forward to their leadership and experience in helping guide the law school as we continue to grow.”

Bryant Applegate: Applegate serves as the country attorney for Seminole County, providing legal counsel to the Board of County Commissioners, County Manager, County Department and Division heads and other governmental subdivisions in all matters of civil law relating to the county. Before joining the county in 2011, Applegate’s previous 30 years in the legal profession included positions as senior counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as assistant county attorney for Orange County.

The Honorable Bob LeBlanc: Judge LeBlanc has served as circuit judge in the Orange County Criminal Division of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida since 2007.  He is a founding member of the Orange County Teen Court program and is an active member of several organizations and boards, including the Mennello Museum of American Art. In the annual judicial poll of attorneys, public defenders, and prosecutors conducted by the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Judge LeBlanc is consistently among the top five highest rated judges for his professionalism and respect. He was honored this past April at the Orlando Magazine Best Lawyers reception with the Champion for Justice award presented by the Barry University School of Law.

Michael C. Sasso: Sasso is the founder of Michael C. Sasso, P.A, a general civil litigation firm in Winter Park, Fla. He is board certified in construction law and has served as chairman of The Florida Bar Construction Law Certification Committee and The Florida Bar’s Construction Law Committee. Sasso is currently president of the Seminole County Bar Association and the Seminole Inn of Court, Inc. He has served as general counsel to the Central Florida Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors since 1988. Sasso has practiced for nearly 30 years.

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