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June 26, 2017
Francine A. Walker; [email protected],
The Florida Bar
(850) 561-5666

Three members of The Florida Bar were honored last week with the 2016-17 President’s Awards of Merit, presented by outgoing Bar President William J. Schifino, Jr. at the Bar’s annual convention. The honorees were Lorna Brown-Burton, Paul SanGiovanni and F. Scott Westheimer, all of whom have been tireless workers on behalf of the Bar.

Lorna Brown-Burton, of Brown-Burton & DeMicco, PLLC in Fort Lauderdale, has been on the Bar’s Board of Governors since 2012, serving on a number of committees, subcommittees and projects. She has been the board liaison to the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee for several years, and she was especially commended for her leadership as chair of the Bar’s Citizens Advisory Committee for the past two years. She has re-energized the committee and helped Bar leadership fully utilize and appreciate the contributions of this group.

Paul SanGiovanni, of Morgan & Morgan in Orlando, was elected to the Board of Governors in 2011. This year, he chaired the Budget Committee and focused on making sure that Bar programs were financially prudent, cost-efficient and effective. He also served on the Executive Committee and the Program Evaluation Committee, with an integral role in ensuring that the services that the Bar provides to members are helpful to them in their practices, and the Communications Committee, leading the effort to redesign the Bar’s website. He also served on The Florida Bar Special Committee on Gender Bias and as board liaison to the Diversity & Inclusion and Member Benefits committees.

The third President’s Award was presented to Scott Westheimer, of Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, et al in Sarasota. Westheimer was elected to the Board of Governors four years ago and quickly rose to serve on the Executive Committee and as this year’s chair-elect of Communications. He also has served on the Program Evaluation Committee, Disciplinary Review Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. This year, he had a hand in the re-launch of Lawyers Advising Lawyers (a peer-to-peer program giving members access to veteran attorneys who can help answer legal questions), enhancements to member benefits and the Practice Resource Institute (an online hub where lawyers can access everything from software and administrative forms to general information and CLE courses to help them manage their practices and grow business) and the website redesign.

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[Revised: 06-26-2017]