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June 14, 2017
Mark Hohmeister; [email protected],
The Florida Bar
(850) 561-5666

The Florida Bar will hold its Annual Convention from June 21-24 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, with a focus on the future of the legal profession and the challenges lawyers face.

Miami attorney Michael J. Higer will be sworn in as the Bar's 69th president, and West Palm Beach attorney Michelle Suskauer will be sworn in as president-elect. Suskauer will become Bar president in June 2018.

“Inspire the Future,” the theme of this year’s convention, focuses on the future of the legal profession and the importance of working with colleagues to bring about positive change. Seminars and programs will address the rapid technological changes in legal services.

At the convention, Florida Bar members can expand their knowledge with 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.

Highlights include:

Judicial Luncheon – The June 22 luncheon, always an important part of the convention, features Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga as keynote speaker. The Judicial Luncheon will include a tribute to retiring Florida Bar Executive Director John F. “Jack” Harkness, Jr., who has served as the Bar’s executive director for 37 years.

General Assembly – The centerpiece event on June 23 will include installation of incoming Bar officers and Board of Governors members. Higer will be sworn in as the Bar's new president, and Suskauer will be sworn in as president-elect.

50-year members – The Florida Bar will honor 254 attorneys for 50 years of service, with a luncheon sponsored by the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division. Also honored will be nine senior counselors, who have practiced for 50 years or more but have not been members of The Florida Bar for the entire time.

CLE seminars – Attendees can choose from seminars offering Continuing Legal Education credits. They include:

“Basic Law Firm Data Security, Privacy and Cyber Liability” and “Basic Technology for Today’s Law Practice,” presented by The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute and the Young Lawyers Division.

“2017 Master’s Seminar on Ethics,” a President’s Showcase presented June 23. The focus is to outline various conflicts of interest attorneys face in areas including technology, social media and disqualification motions.

“Constitution Revision Commission & Florida’s Judiciary,” a President’s Showcase presented June 22. The goal is to ensure that Florida Bar members are informed as to how CRC proposals may affect the judiciary and, in turn, the practice of law in Florida.

“First Amendment and the U.S Supreme Court” is a perennial session updating attorneys on how the nation’s top court ruled on First Amendment issues.

Go to and click on "CLE Credits Overview" for a list of credits offered.

Registration will be available onsite at the convention. For details, go to The Florida Bar website at A mobile app provides meeting schedules, exhibitor and sponsor listings with links, a personal schedule tracker and updates throughout the convention.

With more than 104,000 members, The Florida Bar is one of the largest unified 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.

The Florida Bar's website has more information
on incoming President Michael J. Higer and incoming President-elect Michelle Suskauer.

Media advisory: Reporters planning to cover any events at the convention can find the 2017 Media Guidelines at

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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: 06-14-2017]