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The annual committee preference forms for Bar members seeking appointments for the term of President-elect Bill Schifino are available at beginning December 1

Bill Schifino As president-elect, Schifino will make 500 or so committee appointments, and he wants to make sure he has a diverse group of lawyers from which to choose.

“It is a privilege to practice law in this state, and with that privilege comes a responsibility,” Schifino said. “We need the active engagement of our membership to work together to address the many challenges facing our profession.”

Schifino said the quality of work performed by the Bar’s standing committees is a direct reflection on the reputation of The Florida Bar.

In making committee appointments in spring 2016, Schifino said several factors will be considered, including:

• Prior service to the Bar and voluntary bar organizations;

• The need to infuse new members into a particular committee; and

• Diversity, which includes, but is not limited to, gender, ethnicity, geography, practice area, and firm size.

• Previous committee participation and contributions in conjunction with the evaluation of committee chairs.

Schifino said to provide more opportunities to serve on standing committees, members should not request more than one appointment.

If you are currently serving on a standing committee, check The Florida Bar’s website to determine when your term on the committee expires. If your term expires in 2016, you must complete and submit your committee preference form to be considered for reappointment.

If you are not currently serving on a standing committee and wish to be considered, complete the form and return it prior to January 15.

“Serving on a Florida Bar committee can be a meaningful and rewarding experience,” Schifino said. “It will also provide you with the opportunity to enhance our profession and to improve the services we provide the citizens of our state and our fellow members.”

If you are serving on a Florida Bar substantive law committee and wish to continue to do so, you must complete and return the committee preference form by January 15 to be considered for reappointment.

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