Board of Governors nominating petitions are due December 15
Nominating petitions for the 2023 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in The Florida Bar headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15. All of the board positions are for two-year terms.
Executive Director Joshua E. Doyle on October 17 certified to John A. Tomasino, clerk of the Supreme Court, the number of members of The Florida Bar in good standing in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits and outside the State of Florida, and the number of circuit representatives based on the apportionment formula set forth in Rule 2-3.3, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.
Application of the apportionment formula this year resulted in the shift of one seat currently in the 20th Circuit to the 11th Circuit. Bylaw 2-3.4(a) outlines that the reapportionment established by the annual certification becomes effective on December 1, unless the court orders otherwise. Under this provision, the Board of Governors has requested the court maintain the current apportionment while the board studies the apportionment formula outlined in Bylaw 2-3.3 “to ensure it remains the most effective calculation.” When the court rules on this request, that result will be reported in the News and posted on The Florida Bar’s website.
Pursuant to Rule 2-3.4(b), incumbent board members must advise the executive director of their intention to seek reelection to a new term. The board members who do not plan to run again are indicated by an asterisk next to their names.
Nominating petitions for the Board of Governors must be signed by no fewer than five members in good standing whose official Bar address is in the same judicial circuit (or out-of-state, if applicable) as the nominee (see links below).
Election ballots will be emailed on or before March 1, (instructions for requesting a paper ballot, if so desired, will be available in January 2023) and voted ballots must be received prior to midnight EST, March 21.
Present Board of Governors members whose terms are expiring on June 23, include:
*Lawrence E. Sellers, Jr., Second Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2003
W. Braxton Gillam IV, Fourth Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2020
Gordon J. Glover, Fifth Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2021
Sandra Fascell Diamond, Sixth Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2011
Stephanie M. Marchman, Eight Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2017
*Julia L. Frey, Ninth Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2017
Nikki L. Simon, 11th Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2019
Jorge L. Piedra, 11th Circuit, Seat 4, elected in 2019
Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg (Ret.), 11th Circuit, Seat 6, elected in 2021
**New Seat, 11th Circuit, Seat 8
Jesse R. Butler, 12th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2022
Amy S. Farrior, 13th Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2017
J. Carter Andersen, 13th Circuit, Seat 3, elected in 2019
*Ronald P. Ponzoli, Jr., 15th Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2013
Michael J. Gelfand, 15th Circuit, Seat 4, elected in 2021
Wayne LaRue Smith, 16th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2015
Diana Santa Maria, 17th Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2013
Lorna E. Brown-Burton, 17th Circuit, Seat 3, elected in 2012
Adam G. Rabinowitz, 17th Circuit, Seat 5, elected in 2013
Gregory S. Weiss, 19th Circuit, Seat 1, elected in 2018
**John D. Agnew, 20th Circuit, Seat 2, elected in 2019
E. Duffy Myrtetus, Out of State, Seat 1, elected in 2015
Eric L. Meeks, Out of State, Seat 3, elected in 2007
*Does not intend to seek reelection
**Reapportionment requires moving a seat from the 20th Circuit to the 11th Circuit
Nominating petitions must be completed and returned to the Bar by December 15. They may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Joshua E. Doyle, Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300.