West Palm Beach lawyer to lead Barby John Kennedy | June 15th, 2011
West Palm Beach lawyer Scott Hawkins is expected to be sworn-in next week as president of the Florida Bar, the organization charged with overseeing lawyer regulation in the state.
Bar members played a central role this spring in fighting House Speaker Dean Cannon’s push to add three members to the state Supreme Court, while splitting it into criminal and civil divisions.
The legislation also would have set aside a specific funding level for the courts, which the Bar generally supported as a way to stave-off shortfalls like one this spring which threatened courtroom closures and employee furloughs.
Hawkins, a partner with Jones, Foster, Johnston and Stubbs, is scheduled to take office June 24, at the Bar’s annual convention in Orlando. Hawkins has been with the firm since 1985.
During his term, Hawkins wants to study how the Bar handles the grievance process through which lawyers face discipline when violating rules governing the profession.
“We need to honor our obligation as effectively as we can,” said Hawkins. “I want to have a broad, representative group, some of whom are not serving on the Board of Governors, to take a look at the grievance process.”