UF LAW alumna new Florida Bar leader

15Gwynne Young (JD 74) was sworn in as president of The Florida Bar June 22. The Tampa-based partner for Carlton Fields specializes in business litigation.

She made her top priority assuring adequate funding for the judicial system. Young has also criticized the politicization of Supreme Court justice retention during the November election. All justices on the ballot were retained by voters.

When President-elect Eugene Pettis (JD 85) succeeds Young in June, UF Law alumni will have held the post for four successive terms and five of the last six terms. UF Law graduates have accounted for more than half the presidents of The Florida Bar since it was unified in 1950. Today, The Florida Bar has 94,000 members and a $43 million budget. Among state bars, only California has more members.