John M. Howe was recently installed as the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s first African-American president.
Howe, of West Palm Beach, is a trial attorney with Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith.
Retired Judge Edward Rodgers performed the swearing in ceremony. Rodgers was the first black prosecutor, the first black county and circuit judge, and the first black circuit chief judge in Palm Beach County.
Judge Amy Smith gave the invocation and Judge Lisa Small led the Pledge of Allegiance. Both Smith and Small are past presidents of the association.
Howe has been involved with the Palm Beach County Bar Association for more than 12 years and has served in a variety of leadership capacities. Most recently, he was chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and currently serves on the new Building Committee.
Adam T. Rabin of McCabe Rabin, P.A., will serve as president-elect.
Directors are Rosalyn Sia Baker-Barnes (Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley); C. Wade Bowden (Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs); Robin I. Bresky (Law Offices of Robin Bresky); Jason J. Guari (Murray Guari Trial Attorneys); Theodore S. Kypreos (Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs); James G. Pressly III (Pressly and Pressly); Jill G. Weiss (Sachs, Sax & Caplan); and John R. Whittles (Richman Greer, P.A.).
Also serving on the board are Ronald P. Ponzoli, president of the North County Section (Richman Greer); Jason D. Lazarus, president of the Young Lawyers Section (Holland and Knight); and Michael J. Napoleone, immediate past president (Richman Greer).
The Palm Beach County Bar Association is a voluntary bar located in West Palm Beach with nearly 3,000 members, including judges, attorneys, paralegals, and law students. The PBCBA was established in 1922 and is committed to serving its members, fostering professionalism, and enhancing the public’s understanding and awareness of the legal system. For additional information, log onto www.palmbeachbar.org.