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June 15, 2022
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TALLAHASSEE, FL – West Palm Beach attorney Gary S. Lesser, West Palm Beach, will be sworn in as The Florida Bar’s 74th president and Sarasota attorney Scott Westheimer will become president-elect at the 2022 Annual Florida Bar Convention in Orlando on June 22-25, 2022. The convention, including the General Assembly and social functions, will take place at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek & Waldorf Astoria.

“Back to the Future,” is the theme of this year’s convention, in acknowledgment of the return to a fully in-person event and the Bar forging ahead in adapting to changes in technology, the courts and the legal profession. From committee meetings to receptions, to networking one-on-one, to outstanding CLE seminars, there will be many opportunities offered for Florida Bar members.

Convention highlights include:

Judicial Luncheon Honoring Florida’s Judiciary: Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady will deliver the State of the Judiciary address.

General Assembly: This centerpiece event, held on June 24, will feature a State of the Bar address by outgoing President Michael G. Tanner and a State of the Judiciary address by Chief Justice Canady. There will also be an installation of incoming Bar officers and Board of Governors members, and presentation of President’s Merit Awards.

50-Year Member Luncheon: The Florida Bar will honor attorneys and senior counselors for 50 years of dedication to the practice of law during a luncheon at the convention on Friday, June 24. The Florida Bar will also recognize veteran lawyers at the luncheon. Marjorie Gadarian Graham, a 50-year honoree, will be the featured speaker.

President’s Reception: The live event will be hosted by President Tanner. Join us as we go “Back to the Future” and celebrate the conclusion of the Bar year!

The convention web page details the schedule of meetings and events, all CLE programs, and other important information, including media coverage guidelines.


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