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S C BA N E W S 12th Circuit makes history with Bonner’s election O n February 8, 2019, our 12th Circuit Judiciary made history when it elected The Honorable Kimberly C. Bonner to serve as our next Chief Judge. When Judge Bonner takes her Chief Judge seat on July 1, 2019, not only will it mark the beginning of what I am certain will be a very successful Chief Judge- ship, it will also mark the very first time in the history of the 12th Judi- cial Circuit that a woman has been elected to serve as our Chief Judge. This election is extra special for me as it comes during the same time I am honored to serve as your SCBA President, along with fellow local Bar leaders, South County President Susan Hines and YLD President Erin Itts . It is quite refreshing to see that, even at a time when our country is struggling with issues of gender equality/discrimination, your 12th Circuit has responded with a full slate of women being elected in all of its major leadership positions. This is something for which we can all be very proud. Judge Bonner’s Chief Judge elec- SCBA PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Nancy Cason, Esq. Syprett Meshad Law Firm tion was unanimous, and for very, very good reason. Her superb judi- cial temperament and intellect exem- plify what a Chief Judge should be. She is universally beloved by our Bar and Bench, having served our 12th Circuit with distinction since she was first appointed to the County Court Bench in 2002. During this time, I was just beginning my legal career, and a significant portion of my liti- gation work took place in County Court. Although being a brand new lawyer in a sea of vastly more expe- rienced lawyers can be a bit intimi- dating at first, I felt quickly at ease in Judge Bonner’s courtroom. Each day, despite having a heavy docket of what appeared to be hundreds of cases on any given date, she always gave each attorney and each litigant that appeared in her courtroom her full and undivided attention and prepared consideration. She allowed everyone to speak and be heard (and you could see that she was always actually listening to you). With each ruling, she ensured that both the attorneys and litigants knew why she S C BA N E W S MEMBERSHIP Nominating Committee proposes 2019–2020 officer and director slate By W. ANDREW CLAYTON, Jr. Nominating Committee Chair T he SCBA Nominating Committee nominates the following members to serve as officers of the orga- nization in the 2019-2020 year: W. Andrew Clayton, Jr., President; Jennifer L. Grosso, President-elect; Mark A. Haskins, Treasurer/Secretary. Nancy E. Cason will remain on the Board as Immediate Past President. The Nominating Committee also nominates the following SCBA members to serve as Directors-at- Large for a three-year term: Edwin L. Ford, Adria M. Jensen and Neil T. Lyons. Current Directors, Jeanne M. Bennett, Stacy Dillard-Spahn, Jason Gaskill, Dana B. Keane, Amanda R. Kison and Bonnie L. Polk will continue to serve on the Board until the expiration of their staggered ruled the way she did. Win or lose, you always felt like both you and your clients “got your day in court.” I have the honor of serving on your 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee, which has presided over at least a dozen local judicial appointment proceedings in recent years. In almost every interview, at least one Commissioner will ask the judicial candidate what local judge they admire the most and why. The answer to that question is almost always Judge Kimberly Bonner. The answer Judge Bonner gave when asked that very question during the JNC interview, which lead to her appointment to the Circuit Court Bench in 2013, was our current Chief Judge, Charles Williams , for the same reasons. Excellence will indeed follow excellence. Congratulations to Judge Kimberly Bonner on yet another milestone accomplishment in her service to our Bar, and for making history as the first woman to ever hold this most prestigious position in our Judiciary. Welcome, new members! T he following represents each new member’s name, law school, year of admission to The Florida Bar, and law firm association. The nominees shall be elected by voice acclamation at the May general membership meeting. n Timothy D. Battin: Marshall – Wythe School of Law; 2018; Straus & Boies, LLP n Hanna Bramm: Student Member; Stetson Univer- sity; Graduation Date May 2021 terms. The Young Lawyers Division will be represented by its new Pres- ident, Brian D. Goodrich, and the South County Division will be repre- sented by its new President, Bryan S. n William R. Brees: University of Akron; 2012; Maxey-Fisher, PLLC Kessler. n Elan M. Feder : University of Baltimore; 2016; Feder Legal, PLLC Pursuant to Article III, Section 3 of the SCBA bylaws, any member wishing to contest a nominee for an open position must submit a peti- tion for a contested election signed by forty (40) active members to the SCBA office no later than April 15, 2019. Absent any such contest, the above nominated shall be elected by voice acclamation of the members present at the May general member- ship meeting. n AnnaMarie L. Mitchell: University of Florida; 2012: AnnaMarie L. Mitchell, P.A. n Stephanie L. Murphy: Stetson University; 2002; Murphy Law Group n Dominique Shephard: Louisiana State University; 2018; Boyer & Boyer, P.A. The Docket · March 2019 3