For an idea of what else our Public Defender does for Pinellas County, Please read John Romano's column in Tuesday, May 10, Tampa Bay Times: http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/romano-the-hungriest-children-and-the-longest-weekends/2276607
Bob Dillinger's Bio:
Personal: Married to Kay Dillinger; Native Floridian, Pinellas resident since 1973.
Education: Undergraduate degree from Columbia University (1973); Juris Doctor degree from Stetson College of Law (1976), Dean's List, Public Defender Clinic.
Career: Assistant Public Def ender, 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1976-1981; Private Practice 1982-1997; Public Defender, 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida since January 1997; Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law.
AV Rated Martindale Hubbell Attorney, Nelson Poynter Award - 1982 St. Petersburg Bar Association Pro Bono Award - 1990
Former Master & Counselor, Barney Masterson Inn of Court Who's Who in American Law
Legislative Chair, Florida Public Defender's Association, 1999 to present
NAMI Iris Award for significant contributions to improving the mental health system PACE Award for community service to Partners in Crisis
Suncoast Center for Mental Health Award
Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award ·'
Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association Diversity Award, 2006
Selected a SUPER LAWYER in the State of Florida by Super Lawyers magazine
Stetson University College of Law, Ben C. Willard award for humanitarian achievements, 2008 Benjamin Franklin Distinguished Leadership Award - 2011
Bank of America Local Hero Award - 2011
Jane Schaeffer Outstanding Homeless Advocate Award - 2012
Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Network Champion of Homeless Adults &
Children - 2012
St. Petersburg Bar Foundation "Heroes Among Us" award - 2014
Civic & Professional Memberships:
Juvenile Welfare Board, Pinellas County
Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, Florida Bar Association Member National Rifle Association, Distinguished Expert Ranking Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Leadership Group Florida Partners in Crisis
Pinellas Safety Council - Pasco Safety Council Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law
$2.5 million federal grant recipient for jail diversion of mentally ill clients