JBA Board of Governors election

Five board of governors seats up for grabs at Jacksonville Bar Association .

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President-Elect (unopposed)

Elizabeth B. Ferguson
Elizabeth B. Ferguson

Elizabeth B. Ferguson

JBA activities

• Treasurer, 2017-18

• Board of governors, 2012 to present

• Young Lawyers Section, president, 2011-12

• Young Lawyers Section, vice president, 2010-11

• Young Lawyers Section, secretary, 2009-10

• Young Lawyers Section, treasurer, 2008-09

• Young Lawyers Section, board of governors, 2006-10

• Law Week Committee, 2007

• Holiday Project chair, 2006

• Guardian ad Litem Permanency Project, 2005

• Construction Law Section, 2011 to present

Florida Bar/other Bar activities

• American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, 2009 to present

• American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Women and Minority Fellowship, 2009-12

• American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 7, Annual Concepts & Ideas Book Working Group chair, 2010-11

• American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Social Media/Technology Working Group, 2010-11

• American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Young Lawyer Committee, Division 7 liaison, 2010-14

• The Florida Bar Construction Law Committee, 2005 to present

• The Florida Bar Construction Law Committee, Jury Instructions Subcommittee, 2012-13

• The Florida Bar Construction Law Committee, Construction Law Certification Review Course co-vice chair, 2017 to present

• The Florida Bar Construction Law Committee, Construction Law Certification Review Course speaker, 2015 to present

• The Florida Bar 4th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “A”, 2017 to present

• The Florida Bar RPPTL Section, 2005 to present

• The Florida Bar RPPTL Section Executive Committee, 2017 to present

• The Florida Bar RPPTL Section Property & Liability Insurance/Suretyship Committee, 2012-13

Civic activities

I was appointed to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers by the governor in 2016 and have actively served as a public member since that time. I previously participated in the Associated Builders and Contractors of Northeast Florida and have volunteered for the ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida. I have served as an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, teaching construction law, and was on the ASFP Florida First Coast Community Walk Committee in 2014.

Goals for the JBA

The role of the Jacksonville Bar Association in the legal community continues to evolve, as does the practice of law. With that changing landscape, it has never been more important that the JBA serve as an asset and partner to each of its members. This requires the JBA to be more adaptable to the varied needs of its members and that it work to grow its member benefits. In order to meet these goals, the JBA must actively work to identify these needs and strive to meet those needs in the form of relevant and informative CLEs, networking events and community involvement opportunities.

Board of governors candidates

Fraz Ahmed
Fraz Ahmed

Fraz Ahmed

JBA activities

• Board of governors, 2012 to present

• Young Lawyers Section board of governors, 2008-12

• Chair, Law Day Committee, 2010-12

• Member, Law Day Committee, 2008 to present

• Chair, Law Day High School Mock Trial Competition, 2008 -10

• Chair and co-chair, YLS Afternoon at the Courthouse Seminar, 2008-09

• Speaker at the Law Day Naturalization Ceremony, 2009

• Chair, YLS Noon in June, 2012

• Chair, YLS Sports League, 2011

• Chair and co-chair, YLS Holiday in January Project to benefit foster children, 2009-11

Florida Bar/other Bar activities

• Participated and assisted with numerous activities, including the JBA Holiday Project to benefit senior citizens involved with Meals On Wheels, JBA YLS Run for Cover 5K to benefit the Florida Skin Cancer Foundation and JBA YLS Annual Golf Tournament. 

• Chester Bedell Inn of Court, associate, 2009

• Chester Bedell Inn of Court, barrister, 2012-15

Civic activities

• Volunteer at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, 2008 to present

• Dreams Come True Horizon Board member, 2009-15

• Florida Coastal School of Law Mock Trial Team Coach, 2006-12

Goals for the JBA

I would like to continue to see a steady growth in membership and encourage greater involvement. Becoming involved with the JBA has been one of the most rewarding experiences. To encourage greater involvement, I would like to exceed the goals our membership sets for us including developing ways to better serve our membership, providing better member benefits, continuing to promote the highest degree of professionalism and fostering a stronger bond between the JBA and our community to promote public perception of the legal community.

Michelle Bedoya Barnett
Michelle Bedoya Barnett

Michelle Bedoya Barnett

JBA activities

• Secretary, 2017-18

• Board of governors, 2013 to present

• Appointed to the JBA Investment Committee

• President, Young Lawyers Section, 2013-14

• Vice president, Young Lawyers Section, 2012-13

• Secretary, Young Lawyers Section, 2011-12

• Treasurer, Young Lawyers Section, 2010-11

• Board member, Young Lawyers Section, 2006-10

• Founder of Noon in June, an award-winning program that introduces law students to the Jacksonville Bar and the Jacksonville civic community.

Florida Bar/other Bar activities

• Chester Bedell Inn of Court, barrister

• Member, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association

• Member, Florida Association of Women Lawyers

• Past member, 4th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee

• Past member and vice-chair, 4th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Civic activities

• Ethics Commission, City of Jacksonville, member

• Rotary Club of Jacksonville, member

• San Jose Catholic School, board member

• San Jose Catholic Church, member

• Vanderbilt Alumni Association, member

• Girl Scouts Gateway Council, former board member

• Jacksonville Housing Authority, former board member

• Berkman Plaza, former board member

• The Performer’s Academy, former board member

Goals for the JBA

To continue to work to make the Jacksonville Bar relevant to every lawyer in our community by providing resources, support and networking opportunities.

Michael Fox Orr
Michael Fox Orr

Michael Fox Orr

JBA activities

• Board of governors, current

• Long Range Planning Committee

• Chair, Technology Conference at TPC

• President, Young Lawyers Section

• Vice President, Young Lawyers Section

• Secretary, Young Lawyers Section

• Treasurer, Young Lawyers Section

• Chair, YLS Special Olympics Committee

• Chair, YLS Afternoon at the Courthouse

• Chair, YLS Noon in June

• Vice chair, YLS annual meeting

• Vice chair, YLS Run for Cover

• Vice chair, YLS Tee it Up Charity Golf Tournament

Florida Bar/other Bar activities

• Governor, The Florida Bar board of governors

• Member, Disciplinary Review Committee, The Florida Bar board of governors

• President, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division

• President-elect, YLD

• 4th Judicial Circuit representative, The Florida Bar board of governors, YLD

• Member, Executive Committee, YLD

• Chair, Technology Committee YLD

• Chair, Moot Court Competition Committee, YLD

• Chair, Law Schools Committee, YLD

• Chair, Sponsorship Committee, YLD

• Vice chair, Bylaws Committee, YLD

• Vice chair, Budget Committee, YLD

• Vice chair, Communications Committee, YLD

• Member, Long Range Planning Committee, YLD

• Raising the Bar, Florida’s Legal Community Service Day

• Moderator, Basic Appellate Practice CLE, YLD

• Moderator, Practicing with Professionalism, YLD

• Speaker, Ethics & Professionalism in Law Office Management CLE

• Speaker, Business Contracts A–Z CLE

• Panelist, Practicing with Professionalism, YLD

Civic activities

• Participant, V for Victory Foundation

• Member, Clara White Mission board of directors

• Volunteer, Special Olympics of Duval County

• President, Family Nurturing Center of Florida Inc. board of directors

• Member, Cummer Museum Up & Cummers of Jacksonville board of directors

• Member, Blueprint for Leadership, HandsOn Jacksonville

Goals for the JBA

For more than a decade, I have been heavily involved in the local and statewide Bar associations. More than ever, I believe our Bar association needs to be relevant to more lawyers. It’s a difficult task because what one lawyer finds helpful or interesting, another may not. I think we can accomplish our goal of relevance by analyzing data and conferring with more lawyers. We should sharpen our focus on: (1) membership value; (2) health & wellness; (3) technology; (4) mentorship; (5) implicit bias; (6) and professionalism, in addition to the many projects already underway. Some projects, such as an effort to develop better tracking and programming for lawyer referral services between the JBA and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, are ones that I hope to see become successful by remaining on the board. We have worked very hard toward becoming more relevant in recent years and I will push for that to continue. I promise to be diligent and to collaborate with other Bar associations around Florida about ways to improve our organization. The 4th Circuit has a strong, collegial and dedicated Bar association. I will further that reputation and work with board members and Bar staff to explore all opportunities for our profession.

Seth L. Rothstein
Seth L. Rothstein

Seth L. Rothstein

JBA activities

• Proud member

Florida Bar/other Bar activities

• Proud member since September 1999

• Young Lawyers Division

• Real Estate Section member

Civic activities

• Past master Solomon Lodge No. 20

• Past district deputy grand master

• General counsel for Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Florida

Goals for the JBA

The Jacksonville Bar Association should serve, lead and advocate. We should serve our members with engaging and informative CLE programs and special events which focus on diverse areas of law. The association’s calendar should include frequent professional and leadership growth opportunities, as well as foster the relationship between the bench and the Bar. We can lead by promoting competence, ethical conduct and professionalism in the practice. We can advocate for the disadvantaged through pro bono services, public service programs and legislative activities. Promoting full and equal participation in the association, our profession and the justice system by all persons.

Art Stresing
Art Stresing

Art Stresing

JBA activities

• Member, 2015 to present

• Co-chair of the JBA Basketball League, 2016 to present

• Diversity Committee, 2014 to present

Florida Bar/other Bar activities

• Admitted to The Florida Bar, April 2011

• Admitted to U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

• Jacksonville Asian-American Bar Association, president, 2014 to present, vice president, 2013-14

• Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Inc., member, 2016 to present

• Northeast Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Inc., member, 2016 to present

• Jacksonville Scene Basketball League/JBA basketball, captain, 2015 to present

• American Association for Justice, member, 2014

Civic activities

• Participated in various Ask-A-Lawyer Tables through JAABA and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid with the Vietnamese Association of Jacksonville.

• Participated in “Project R: Restoring Rights, Repairing Records and Rebuilding Hope” with Three Rivers Legal Services Inc.

• Volunteered at Filipino Pride Day 2017.

• Volunteered and donated to Night of Asia Food Drive Party with River City Science Academy benefiting Clara White Misson.

Goals for the JBA

My goals for the JBA are to promote and encourage diversity in the Jacksonville legal community. I would also like to recruit as many attorneys as possible to participate in the many JBA committees. I’ve worked with a lot of dedicated attorneys that have spent many thankless hours on various JBA events and committees and we could always use more help. I’d also like to encourage younger attorneys to join the JBA and become more active in the socials and events.

Cyndy Trimmer
Cyndy Trimmer

Cyndy Trimmer

JBA activities

• Young Lawyers Section board of governors, 2014 to present, secretary, 2016-17

• Bar Bulletin editor-in-chief, 2014 to present

• Law Day Committee, 2014-present, co-chair in 2017, Citizenship Day Subcommittee and volunteer attorney, Poster Contest Subcommittee and classroom teacher, Rendezvous on the River subcommittee

• Senior Holiday Project Committee, 2013 to present, co-chair in 2013, chair in 2014

• Chili Cook-Off Committee, 2014 to present, co-chair in 2015

• Poker Tournament Committee, 2015 to present, chair in 2015 and 2016

• Social Committee, chair, 2016 to present

• Website committee, chair, 2016-17

• Afternoon at the Courthouse Committee, 2013 to 2016, chair in 2014, co-chair in 2015

• Professionalism & Mentoring Committee, 2018

Florida Bar/other Bar activities

• Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, membership chair in 2017, Judicial Reception Committee, 2015 to present and co-chair in 2017, Judicial Nominating Commission Oversight Committee, Date Auction Committee, 2014

• The Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy, Class IV Fellow

• The Florida Bar Annual Convention Committee

• The Florida Bar City, County and Local Government Law Section

• The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

• RPPTL Condominium and Planned Development Committee

• Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Civic activities

• Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Citizenship Day, Ask-A-Lawyer, Advance Directives for Seniors, Lawyers in Libraries, pro bono attorney

• Junior League of Jacksonville

• K9s for Warriors

Goals for the JBA

I have an established career with the JBA that shows I am willing to devote the time and energy to making the most of our organization and inspiring those around me to do the same.

I have been privileged to serve on a YLS board that has constantly sought ways to improve engagement and value for members through the transformation of events and services such as the Chili Cook-Off move to Riverside Arts Market, continued improvement of the YLS section of the JBA website and increased newsletter and social media presence to facilitate communication with members. I would like to carry the YLS’s dauntless willingness to re-evaluate itself to the big board level.

As editor-in-chief for five association presidents, I have lead the Bar Bulletin through various changes and will continue striving to provide worthwhile publication opportunities for members as well as a platform to showcase the accomplishments of our legal community and educate members regarding opportunities for involvement.

Through participation in the Senior Holiday Project, Holidays in January and the Law Week Poster Contest, I have seen the good the JBA can do beyond the legal community and want to explore additional opportunities for service and community outreach.

In short, I consider myself to be the poster child for developing a rewarding career and finding professional and personal satisfaction through involvement with the JBA, and I want to take my enthusiasm and dedication to the next level as a member of the JBA board of governors.

Lindsay L. Tygart
Lindsay L. Tygart

Lindsay L. Tygart

JBA activities

• Board of governors, 2015 to present

• Young Lawyers Section board of governors, 2008-16, president, 2015-16, president-elect, 2014-15, treasurer, 2013-14, secretary, 2012-13

• Recipient of JBA Chairperson of the Year Award, 2011

• 4th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, 2017 to present

• 4th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, 2014 to 2016

• 4th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, 2014-16

Florida Bar/other Bar activities

• The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division board of governors, 2012 to present

• Jacksonville Women Lawyers’ Association, 2006 to present, president, 2010-11, Executive Board, 2006-11

• Chester Bedell Inn of Courts, student member in 2006, associate in 2008, barrister, 2013-16

• Jacksonville Justice Association, 2012 to present, vice president, 2016 to present, treasurer, 2013-16

• Florida Justice Association, 2012 to present, Womens’ Caucus co-chair, 2013-15

• American Association for Justice, 2012 to present

Civic activities

• Florida Coastal School of Law alumni board of directors, 2007-17

• The Bolles School alumni board of directors, 2007-11

• Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, 2006 to present

• Certified Attorney Ad Litem, 2012 to present

• Labrador Rescue of North Florida, 2009 to present

• Jacksonville Humane Society, 2006 to present

Goals for the JBA

If re-elected to the Jacksonville Bar Association’s board of governors, I want to ensure that our Bar association is relevant to our membership and I want to continue to support the camaraderie which makes Jacksonville the absolute best city in which to practice law. The practice of law is changing and evolving every day, and with that evolution comes new challenges, but also great opportunities for growth and reflection.

One of the ways to foster that growth is by targeting our brand new lawyers and bringing them into the fold. This past year, the Bar has been working to revamp its mentorship program, which is a vital part of the continued success of our organization. I want to continue to focus on mentorship. The Jacksonville Bar is so unique in that its members continue to have very friendly and collegial relationships with one another. It is imperative that we, as a board, continue to foster that atmosphere of professionalism. This is one of the many things which makes being a Jacksonville lawyer so awesome.