By Jan Pudlow
Assistant Attorney General Daryl Manning, who led soldiers in battle in the Gulf War and served a tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been named chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.
Manning, who works in the General Civil Division of the AG’s Tampa office and is currently a lieutenant colonel serving as a judge advocate in the Army Reserves, was elevated to chair earlier than anticipated after the death of Chair Emeritus Lawrence P. Kuvin.
“I am excited to lead this wonderful organization,” Manning said. “The volunteer board members, the emeritus members, and the board staff put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to safeguard the public and maintain integrity in the judicial system. I look forward to this opportunity to make a positive impact on our profession.”
Manning listed three major goals for his term as chair that extends through October 31, 2015:
“First, I want to ensure the board remains user-friendly. Applicants and lawyers should be familiar with the Board of Bar Examiners and know what we do. We are not working to keep applicants out of the Bar. To the contrary, we want to be transparent in our actions and educate all on the process, from the beginning to the end. There should be no surprises,” he said.
“Second, the board should continue to embrace technology, both at the bar examination and as the board performs its investigative role. Close to 80 percent of the examinees are using laptops. That number will surely increase.
“Finally, the board should remain flexible, as law school attendance fluctuates and bar admissions are ever-changing throughout the nation. Those seeking admission to The Florida Bar have remained consistent, and so have our standards. The board needs to be prepared to handle any changes that may be on the horizon.”
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Manning attended the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center, where he received his LL.M. degree; St. John’s University School of Law, where he received his juris doctorate; and the University of South Carolina, where he received his bachelor’s degree.
Admitted to The Florida Bar in 1998, Manning served as a member of the Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee and the Military Affairs Committee. Manning’s term of office with the FBBE began November 1, 2009, and he was elected as vice chair in 2013 for a one-year term originally set to end October 31, 2014, and he was to become chair on November 1, 2014.
At the board’s meeting on May 14, Gregory A. Hearing, of Tampa, was elected vice chair, and he will become chair on November 1, 2015.
Hearing, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of the South, received his bachelor of arts degree in 1986, and graduated cum laude from the Florida State University College of Law in 1989. He is the managing partner of Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, and he is board certified by The Florida Bar in Labor and Employment Law, Civil Law, and Education Law.
The FBBE is an administrative agency of the Florida Supreme Court charged with the responsibility of enforcing the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar. This involves the supervision of character background investigations and the administration and grading of the Florida bar examination.