The Florida Bar

Florida Bar to hold Annual Convention in Orlando

June 12, 2012
Susannah Lyle; ,
The Florida Bar
(850) 561-5666

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Bar will hold its Annual Convention in Orlando at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center from June 20 to 23.

Tampa attorney Gwynne A. Young will be sworn in as the Bar's 64th president and the fifth woman president at the General Assembly on Friday, June 22, while Eugene K. Pettis of Fort Lauderdale will be sworn in as president-elect during the same ceremony. Pettis will become president of the Bar and its first African American leader in June 2013.

"Then, Now and Always – A Heritage of Leadership" is the convention theme. Current President Scott G. Hawkins wrote in a letter to convention attendees that the theme encourages members "to lead by example at both the state and local levels as we promote equal justice and improve access for all."

The convention gives Florida Bar members a chance to choose from an array of seminars for Continuing Legal Education credit, meet with their committees and sections dedicated to advancing the Bar's work and attend special luncheons and events including:

This year, convention attendees have 14 seminars from which to choose. Among them are:

The Annual Convention includes a local charitable project for the Osceola Council on Aging. Convention attendees and Bar members are asked to make a donation to feed hungry and homeless Central Floridians of all ages. Donations can be made online through PayPal or at a table the council will have at the convention in the Exhibitors' Hall.

With more than 93,000 members, The Florida Bar is one of the largest Bars in the nation. It is charged by the Florida Supreme Court with regulating the practice of law in the state as well as promoting the administration of justice.

Registration fees and ticket costs and other details are available on The Florida Bar website at

News reporters interested in covering convention events can read coverage guidelines online. They also may contact Public Information Director Francine A. Walker ( or Assistant Public Information Director Zannah Lyle ( at (850) 561-5666.


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EDITORS: Please note The Florida Bar is not an association and "Association" is not part of our name. Proper reference is "The Florida Bar." Local bar organizations are properly termed "associations."

[Revised: 06-12-2012]