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Florida Board of Bar Examiners salutes its staff’s dedication

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Bar Examiners staff luncheon

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners recently honored its staff at its annual longevity and merit awards luncheon in Tallahassee. Executive Director Michele Gavagni lauded her staff for overcoming the obstacles presented by the pandemic and said even though not everything may have “happened on the applicants’ preferred time frame” the Bar Examiners were able to shift to remote working “remarkably fast” and kept the central operation going during the transition. Gavagni, who has led the organization since 2006, said she is excited about the return to in-person testing in February. Pictured in the front from the left is board Chair Jennifer Martinez Mooney and past board Chair Jane A. Rose.

“Excellence in action” is how Rachelle Munson, vice chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, described the work of the examiners’ staff during the pandemic.

Gathering for the first time in three years to present longevity and merit awards at its annual staff appreciation luncheon January 13 in Tallahassee, board Chair Jennifer Martinez Mooney said making the shift to remote work and administering remote bar examinations “only worked” because the efforts of the Bar Examiners’ professional staff.

“It’s a lot of work, but when you are doing the work with amazing people and everyone who cares about what they are doing and cares about their job and cares about their mission, it doesn’t seem like work anymore,” said Mooney, a Land O’Lakes lawyer and senior staff attorney with the 13th Judicial Circuit. “Congratulation to every single one of you.”

Executive Director Michele Gavagni lauded her staff for overcoming the obstacles presented by the pandemic and said even though not everything may have “happened on the applicants’ preferred time frame” the Bar Examiners were able to shift to remote working “remarkably fast” and kept the central operation going during the transition.

“And we were able to successfully administer the remote exam and able to shorten the grading period for those applicants,” said Gavagni, who was also recognized for her 30 years with the board. “As challenging as these last two years have been, we persevered, and I think we are stronger than ever.”

Gavagni, who has led the organization since 2006, said she is excited about the return to in-person testing in February and noted collective longevity recognized at the luncheon totaled 358 years.

“It is your dedication to the Board of Bar Examiners that is truly remarkable,” Gavagni said. “The rest of the directors and I are so grateful that you have chosen to be here; that you have chosen to stay here as long as you each have.”

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