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Florida Bar Kicks Off Annual Convention With Historic Moments


More than 7,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Annual Florida Bar Convention in Boca Raton. The four-day convention, which started Wednesday, will also include the induction of the group’s first African American president.

This year’s theme for the Florida Bar’s Annual Convention is “Inclusion: The Path to Unity.” And, Convention Chair Michelle Suskauer says it’s very relevant and reflects the diversity of current and incoming leadership.

“It’s celebrating Gwynne Young’s year, who is the fifth women President of the Florida Bar, and installing Eugene Pettis, who’s from Fort Lauderdale, as our first African American Florida Bar President. So, it’s very historic. And, again, looking at our theme, which is inclusion, it is really incredible,” said Suskauer.

Pettis will be formally sworn in Friday at the convention. West Palm Beach attorney Gregory Coleman will be sworn in as president-elect during the same ceremony.

Suskauer says there are also a record breaking number of 30 seminars to choose from this year, from a unique workshop about Human Trafficking to looking at historic landmark decisions in the Florida Supreme Court.  And, Chief Justice Ricky Polston and former CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien will be guest speakers at a Thursday lunch.

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