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UF Law continues to lead The Florida Bar with alumnus Eugene Pettis
In January, University of Florida Levin College of Law alum Eugene Pettis (JD 85) became The Florida Bar’s presidentelect designate. When Pettis takes over the office in 2013 he will make history as the first African-
American president of The Florida Bar.
Pettis, a member of the University of Florida Law Center Association Board
of Trustees, will be sworn in as presidentelect in June when fellow UF Law alum Gwynne Young (JD 74) becomes The Florida Bar president. (For more about The Florida Bar, see Page 48.)
Pettis specializes in medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial litigation and employment law. He is a founding partner at Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm in Fort Lauderdale. During his tenure as president,
Pettis said judicial funding will be high on his list of priorities. Pettis will be the fourth consecutive UF Law graduate to serve as president of The Florida Bar and the fifth of the past six presidents.
“I will continue the advancement of identifying a long-term, predictable source of court funding so that every Floridian will be assured access to our courts,” he said. “We must also appreciate that an effective judicial
system also includes well-funded court clerks, state attorneys’ offices and public defenders, which all contribute to our quality of life and
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