Steve Leifman

Steve Leifman is judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. From 2010 to 2018, Judge Leifman chaired the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court. He currently chairs the steering committee on Problem Solving Courts for the Supreme Court of Florida and the mental health committee for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. In 2000, Judge Leifman established the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project, which aims to divert people with serious mental illnesses from the criminal justice system into treatment. Judge Leifman is the co-chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Mental Health Committee. His recognition includes the 2015 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence and the 2018 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health. He has been featured in several media programs and has authored numerous articles and book chapters regarding mental health and the criminal justice system. Judge Leifman earned a bachelor’s degree from American University and a law degree from Florida State University.