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Tanner next in line for Bar President; four circuit board seats decided

March 24, 2020
CONTACT: Francine Walker, APR, CPRC, Director of Communications
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Attorney Mike Tanner of Jacksonville has been elected president-elect designate of The Florida Bar. Tanner won over fellow Board of Governors member Renee Thompson, receiving 8,647 votes to Thompson’s 8,558.

Tanner will become president-elect in June 2020 when Dori Foster-Morales of Miami is installed as president.

Four board circuit seats were also decided:

  • 4th Circuit, Seat 2: W. Braxton Gilliam IV of Jacksonville defeated John M. Phillips of Jacksonville with 1,044 votes to 416.
  • 11th Circuit, Seat 7: Alice Sum of Miami defeated Michael Shelley of Miami Beach with 1,894 votes to 572.
  • 17th Circuit, Seat 1, incumbent Jay Kim of Ft. Lauderdale defeated Bill Gelin of Oakland Park with 1,295 votes to 663.
  • 17th Circuit, Seat 4, incumbent Hilary Creary of Ft. Lauderdale defeated Christina McKinnon of Miramar with 1,063 votes to 758.

The Board of Governors is the governing body of The Florida Bar with exclusive authority to formulate and adopt matters of policy concerning the activities of the Bar subject to limitations in the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar is an arm of the Florida Supreme Court charged with lawyer regulation and other professional activities. The 52-member board includes the president and president-elect, the Young Lawyers Division’s president and president-elect, representatives elected from each of the state’s 20 judicial circuits, out-of-state representatives and two public/nonlawyer members appointed by the Florida Supreme Court.

As of March 1, The Florida Bar has 108,126 members with 89,706 of those eligible to practice.


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