Florida Bar to get first black president

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Fort Lauderdale trial attorney Eugene K. Pettis is slated in 2013 to become the first black president of the 93,000-member Florida Bar, the organization announced Friday. Pettis, a partner in the firm Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, will be sworn in as president-elect in June 2012 and move into the top position a year later. Pettis said in a prepared statement that one of his top priorities is to make sure the court system receives adequate funding instead of relying on fees that can vary with the economy. “Our challenge is to make it clear that sufficient funding for our court system is not an option but is essential,” Pettis said. He added that he will continue trying to identify “a long-term, predictable source of court funding so that every Floridian will be assured access to our courts.” Pettis earned bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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