Maria M. Schneider is the Assistant State Attorney in Charge of the Juvenile Division for the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Since joining the office in 1993 Ms. Schneider had served as a lead attorney in the felony trial division, the Sexual Battery Unit, the Organized Crime and Gang Activity Unit and the Career Criminal Unit. Upon receiving her JD degree from Nova Southeastern University’s Center from the Study of law in 1986 until 1993 Ms. Schneider was employed as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County, FL. Ms. Schneider is actively involved in numerous community and professional organizations that advocate for the rights and wellbeing of children such as the Florida Bar Juvenile Rules Committee, the Juvenile Justice Board for the 17th Judicial Circuit, and Partners in Education, a non-profit organization that puts businesses and schools together to form coalitions to support students and from 1999 to 2009 the Broward County chapter of Communities in Schools, a non-profit organization that focuses on dropout prevention. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, and lectures for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, the Florida Association of School Resource Officers, the Office of the Attorney General and the National District Attorney’s Association. Ms. Schneider was appointed to the Council by Gov. Rick Scott.