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July 1, 2017
Panel to review Bar elections process

A special Elections Committee to look at the Bar’s president-elect process has been appointed by incoming President Michael Higer.

Higer announced the committee at the Board of Governors’ Key West meeting and said it could have recommendations at the board’s July 21 meeting in Miami.

Michael Higer “The committee will be charged with developing a set of best practices that shall serve as a guideline for future elections,” Higer said. “The committee should develop a set of guidelines for how candidates go about the process of campaigning for election as president-elect, and establish guidelines for everything from when do they first put their name in and start campaigning to how they go about using social media, how many times they send out messages, and how they go about seeking endorsements.”

The committee will be chaired by former Bar President Miles McGrane. Other members are former board member and YLD President Juliet Roulhac, former YLD President Gordon Glover, former board member Scott Baena, and current board member Leslie Lott.

“I think for our candidates ultimately . . . it’s an unstructured process,” Higer said. “They don’t know when they can start campaigning, how they can start campaigning, and so on. I think it will give them some structure.

“Clearly there are some bumps and issues that need to be ironed out. I certainly don’t want to turn this body into a tribunal every election cycle. I certainly don’t want us to be involved in the politics of a campaign during every election cycle. Ultimately, from a policy standpoint, we will have to decide what’s in the best interest in terms of our Bar.”

Higer said he might be looking for quick action, so any policy changes can be made before the next election cycle. Filing deadline for the next president-elect race is December 15.

[Revised: 11-21-2017]