Ita M. Neymotin, Regional Counsel, Second District and The Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel, Second District Court of Appeal Leadership Team were awarded the Governor’s Sterling Council Leadership Team Excellence Award for 10 years of dedication and leadership excellence. The award was presented at the 30th Annual Governor’s Sterling Award Banquet at the Gaylord Palms Orlando, on June 3.
“I am honored to be recognized by The Governor’s Sterling Council,” said Ms. Neymotin. “This award acknowledges and elevates our district as role models for excellence. I couldn’t be prouder of our team and all that we have accomplished in the last ten years.”
In addition to this award, Ita M. Neymotin, Regional Counsel, Second District and The Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel, Second District Court of Appeal leadership team also earned the 30th Anniversary Sterling Conference Team Showcase Greatest Customer Impact Award.
The Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel, Second District Court of Appeal provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal cases, dependency and civil cases, and certain statutorily authorized civil commitment proceedings. They also handle appeals and post-conviction motions. Regional Counsel saves millions of taxpayer dollars every year while providing quality representation to clients.
It’s been quite the year for Ms. Neymotin personally. She was recently honored as the recipient of the prestigious Women of Distinction “Woman of the Year” 2022 Award and the 2022 Women of Distinction “Trail Blazer” Award. Other accolades include the Florida Gulf Coast University’s 2021 Alumna of Distinction Award; the Capital University Law School’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award; the 2015 Medal of Honor Award from The Collier County Bar Association; and the 2015 Commissioner’s Award of Franklin County, Ohio.
Ita M. Neymotin, who was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, located in Central Asia, was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2011, making her the youngest attorney and the first female appointed in the State of Florida as Regional Counsel. She was reappointed in 2016 and is currently serving her third term. Ms. Neymotin oversees 140 attorneys and staff throughout 14 counties in the Second District of Florida. She travels throughout the state educating people on civil rights and diversity. She is also a death penalty litigator and author of three published books on civil rights and civil liberties. Ms. Neymotin has earned several high accolades from various organizations throughout her career. Her professional experience consists of working as an Assistant State Attorney, an Assistant Public Defender, and a private attorney.
The Florida Sterling Council
The Florida Sterling Council is a not-for-profit, public/private partnership supported by the Office of the Governor and public and private businesses, consisting of more than 150 examiners and a 40-member Board of Directors. Its mission is to maintain exceptionally high standards and save organizations and the state of Florida millions of dollars annually. Recognized as the premier conference in the nation for practical learning in leadership and management systems, the Sterling Conference is held annually in late May/early June. For more information, please visit floridasterling.com/.
Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel Second District Court of Appeal, Florida
Regional Counsel Ita M. Neymotin was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2011 and reappointed on March 15, 2016, to lead The Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Second District Court of Appeal (OCCCRC2). It is one of five Regional Counsel Offices created by the Legislature in 2007 to provide legal representation to indigent persons in criminal cases in which the court grants the Public Defender’s Motion to Withdraw and appoints the OCCCRC2 as well as in dependency and civil cases, and certain statutorily authorized civil commitment proceedings. OCCCRC2 also handles appeals and post-conviction motions. As noted under Statute 27.511, the Florida Legislature states, “it is the intent of the Legislature to provide adequate representation in a fiscally sound manner, while safeguarding constitutional principles.” Regional Counsel saves millions of taxpayer dollars every year while providing quality representation to its clients. For more information visit www.flrc2.org.