DiGangi, White lead the Young Lawyers Division
“It’s Sahn-to, not S-ant-o,” coached former Bar President Greg Coleman, instructing the audience last month at the Bar Convention’s General Assembly on how to pronounce the name of the Young Lawyers Division’s new president, Santo DiGangi.
Difficulties of the name aside, Coleman said it won’t take Bar members, particularly YLD members, long to learn about DiGangi’s diligence.
“He is simply the epitome of professionalism and civility. He believes them at his core. He lives them every day,” Coleman said. “When Santo believes in something, he simply does not let go. Santo will not be outworked. He puts his head down and gets the job done with efficiency and the highest degree of quality.”
DiGangi said there will be no higher priority for the coming year than to continue the YLD’s health and wellness initiatives, including its Stigma Free YLD campaign, which he said was an “incredible success” under outgoing YLD President Christian George.
“I hope to keep up this momentum started by Christian and roll into this year’s initiatives,” said DiGangi, particularly with an outreach to lawyers in the public sector whom he said are frequently not part of local and state bar activities and efforts.
His plans include a November 1 conference in Orlando, under the leadership of YLD Board of Governors members Celia Thacker Dorn and Randall Richardson, specifically for government lawyers.
“This initiative is a natural evolution from the Stigma Free YLD campaign, because government lawyers are working 70-hour weeks with huge caseloads and enormous responsibility in their hands,” said DiGangi, who practices with Coleman at Critton, Luttier & Coleman in West Palm Beach. “.. . . It is a noble path and possibly the truest example of what a lawyer should look like. So why aren’t more of them here? Let’s change that.
“The YLD will also be tackling other tough issues this year,” he continued. “Iris Elijah, Ciara Willis, and their Law School Committee, are diligently working to restructure the former [YLD] Law Student Division into a new and more effective entity that will better address the needs of law students and law schools. G.C. Murray, Nick Zbrzeznj, and their Pro Bono/Community Service Committee will be focused on making the YLD and its affiliates more community service oriented. Annika Ashton, Michael Sasso, and the Inclusion and Equality Committee will be working toward a joint event with the Leadership Academy while also ensuring YLD programming continues to maintain diverse speakers and perspectives.”
DiGangi also introduced incoming YLD President-elect Adam White, a member of Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon in Pensacola.
“Adam is a huge Missouri fan, probably the only Missouri fan in Florida,” DiGangi said as the audience laughed. “Adam has been the hardest working member of our board for the last several years. When he accepts a task, he just doesn’t complete it, he does it enthusiastically and exceptionally.”