Retired Judge John Frusciante is a member of the Florida Afterschool Network Panel of Champions. He sat on the bench of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court for 20 years (Broward County, Fort Lauderdale.) He sat in all the Divisions and was Chief Judge of the Juvenile and Dependency Divisions (Dependency refers to children that are dependent on the State of Florida for their safety – mentally and physically. This is the division that deals with children that are sexually and physically abused, abandoned or neglected.)
He was honored in 2010 with the William E. Gladstone Award. The award is named after Judge William E. Gladstone, a pioneer, advocate and Champion for children’s rights and dignity – especially in the legal field. It is given no more than once a year to the Judge or General Magistrate in the State of Florida “who has significantly advanced the welfare and protection of our State’s children” and advocated “for the dignity of children.”
Though he retired in 2010, Frusciante still works with the National Center for Trauma in Children and attends meetings with the Children and Family Leaders Association of Broward County (CFLA) in addition to being a Board Member of the Florida Chapter of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. (FCJFCJ)
He has a Bachelor of Music and Master of Science degrees from the Juilliard School of Music. While his goal was to be a concert pianist, a broken finger and spinal fusion led him to law. He has a Juris Doctorate degree from Nova University (now Nova Southeastern) Law School. He is currently teaching a short course on Dependency at Nova.