Dante P. Trevisani has been litigating systemic civil rights cases since he joined FJI in 2010. He received his B.A. from the University of Miami, graduating summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, graduating magna cum laude, and serving as a Managing Editor of the University of Florida Law Review. During law school, he served as a Public Service Law Fellow at Florida Institutional Legal Services, a nonprofit prisoners’ rights organization, and also received the Florida Bar Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship to work as an intern at FJI.
After graduation, he completed a clerkship for U.S. District Court Judge James Lawrence King in the Southern District of Florida. Dante was then selected to receive an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, and joined FJI as an EJW Fellow for two years, working primarily on a project that sought to help people with civil rights restoration and other legal issues stemming from criminal convictions. Since completion of the project, Dante has been working as a staff attorney on FJI’s systemic civil rights litigation and advocacy efforts.
Dante has served on the Executive Council of the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar (and is the former chair of the Civil Rights Committee), is on the Board of the Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU, and is the former President of the South Florida Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He has testified before the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction, and is on the Board of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. He was one of the 2014 recipients of the Miami ACLU’s C. Clyde Atkins Award, given for exceptional contributions to the advancement of civil liberties, for his work on the Pottinger case.
He is a member of the Florida Bar, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.