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The work of the Florida Board of Bar examiners staff is ‘essential’ to the rule of law

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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 their dedication and hard work. Board of Bar Examiners Chair Rachelle Munson said the work of the professional staff is “definitely incomparable” and sets the “gold standard” for the nation.

The work of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners professional staff is “truly essential” to the rule of rule of law in Florida, Justice Charles Canady told those attending the examiners annual longevity and merit awards March 9 in Tallahassee.

“Thank you all for your service to our court and to the mission we have for the people of Florida,” Canady said. “As Americans, one of the greatest privilege and blessing that we enjoy is living under the rule of law . . . and not many people in the whole history of the world, if you look at it over time, have enjoyed that privilege and blessing as we do in this country.”

Ensuring the rule of law takes lawyers who are competent and of good character, he said.

“In Florida, we would not have lawyers who are competent and of good character without the work you do,” Canady told the Board of Bar Examiners staffers, adding their work is “truly essential to the life of the rule of law in our state.”

Examiners Chair Rachelle Munson, a senior assistant attorney general in the Administrative Law Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General, said the “exceptionalism of the work” of the staff is “definitely incomparable.”

“Each of you are seen, you are valued, you are appreciated,” Munson said. “Thank you so much for all you do and please know that [the board] cannot do what we do without you.”

Honored for 20 years of service were:

  • Fran Moniz
  • Tara Newman
  • Janey Stuart

Honored for 15 years of service were:

  • David Herrington
  • Andrae Washington

Honored for 10 years of service was:

  • Stephen Pridemore

Honored for five years of service was:

  • James Almon

Honored for two years or service were:

  • Lee Fowler
  • Betty Lashley
  • Amanda Menendez-Aponte
  • Olivia Russell
  • Amanda Smith

 

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