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Schifino to join the Board of Governors

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John A. Schifino

John A. Schifino

Tampa attorney John A. Schifino has been elected to the Bar Board of Governors from the 13th Circuit after incumbent board member Kenneth G. Turkel withdrew from the race. Schifino was certified as a board member-elect on January 3.

Aside from the Bar president-elect contest between board members Lorna Brown-Burton and Scott Westheimer, Turkel’s withdrawal leaves two contested board races in the Bar’s March elections. In the 10th Circuit incumbent board member C. Richard Nail is being challenged by Victor R. Smith and in the 17th Circuit William Gelin is running against incumbent board member Jay Kim.

There is also one contested seat for the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors where Joseph Coleman and Francesca L. Passidomo are running in the 20th Circuit.

The Bar’s elections company will mail ballots in the contested races on or before March 1. Bar members will have the option of voting online or returning a paper ballot. All ballots must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 21.

The Bar News will publish online platform statements from candidates in contested races, and those from the Bar board candidates will also appear in the printed February News. Winners of the races will be sworn in at the Bar’s Annual Convention in June.

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