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Diamond R. Litty, Public Defender
FAMILY HISTORY: Native Floridian, raised on the Treasure Coast. Attended St. Anastasia and John Carroll High School in Fort Pierce. Treasure Coast resident for over 50 years. Married to County Court Judge, Tom Walsh; one son, Blaze Jordan Walsh attending the University of Florida.
AFTER HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Indian River Community College, St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame and Graduated from Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida in 1978. Taught Algebra at John Carroll High School. Graduated from Nova Law School in Ft. Lauderdale in 1981.
AFTER LAW SCHOOL: Assistant State Attorney in the 19th Circuit for Bob Stone and then for State Attorney, Bruce Colton, from 1981 to 1987. After serving the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit for six years as a prosecutor, Diamond opened the only "all female" law firm in the Circuit. She maintained this successful practice, handling primarily family and criminal law cases, for six years. She is a certified Family Law Mediator, County Court Mediator and she is Death Penalty qualified.
Elected in 1992, Ms. Litty is the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit’s Public Defender.
Serving as a Commissioner and Secretary in Tallahassee for the Justice Administrative Commission since 1994.
Current Community Involvement:
- 2009 to present, President, Board of Directors, LifeBuilders of the Treasure Coast
- 2004 to present Treasure Coast Police Chiefs & Sheriff’s Association
- 2003 to present Board of Trustees - Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
- 2000 to present BB/BS “Jump into Reading” Tutor
- 1997 to Present, Host of Legal Affairs TV Show
- 1994 to present WPSL Christmas Kids Host
- 1993 to present Director for Indian River County Substance Abuse Council
- 1992 to present Director for Comprehensive Offender Rehabilitation & Education Program - Misdemeanor Probation
- 1992 to present Victims Rights Coalition
Past Community Involvement:
- 2010 Chairperson for SafeSpace
- 2004 Alzheimers Community Care
- 2004 Chairperson - American Red Cross Heroes Campaign
- 2001 to 2008 Board of Directors for Restoration House
- 2000 to 2004 Chairperson for the Florida State Employees Contribution Campaign
- 1999 to 2000 Chairperson for the United Way Campaign
- 1997 Chairperson for Big Brothers/Big Sisters - Bowl For Kids Sake
- 1997 to 1998 Chairperson for March of Dimes
- 1995 Guest Lecturer for the D.A.R.E. Program
- 1994 to 1996 Vice President - Statewide Public Defenders Association
- 1994 Director for Learn to Read
- 1993 Chairperson for Domestic Violence Task Force/19th Circuit
- 1993 Director for A.R.C./Association for Retarded Citizens
Personal Awards and Recognition
- 2016 - Childrens Hero of the Year "Treasure" Coast Award presented by Eckerd Kids
- 1995 to 1998 Appointed by the Florida Bar to serve on the 19th Judicial Circuit Bar Grievance Committee
- Chairperson from 1996 to 1998.
- 1995 Volunteer of the Year Award - March of Dimes
- 1997 Indian River Community College Distinguished Alumni Award
- 1999 Special Recognition Award from the St. Lucie County School Board for her television program “Legal Affairs” on Channel 13 which Diamond has been hosting for over nineteen years.
- 2000 Republican Woman of the Year
- 2000 Recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award
- 2004 to 2006 Appointed by the Governor to serve on the 19th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission
- 2006 Appointed by the Governor to serve on the Statewide Ex-offender Taskforce
- 2006 Awarded “Most Valuable Public Defender” by the statewide Public Defenders Association
- 2011 United Way of St. Lucie County "Spirit of St. Lucie Community Angel Award"
- 2011 "Spirit of a Leader" Award given by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department for commitment to the criminal justice system and St. Lucie County's citizens.
- 2012 to Present John Carroll High School Advisory Board
- 2012-2013 John Carroll Alumna of the Year Award
- 2014 "Creating a Better World through the Rule of Law", Awarded by the Friends and Trustees of the Rubert J. Smith Law Library of St Lucie County