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Tanner wins election for Bar president-elect

first_img Mar 24, 2020 By Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Top Stories Jacksonville attorney Michael G. Tanner has prevailed over fellow Board of Governors member Renée E. Thompson of Ocala in a neck-and-neck race to become president-elect of The Florida Bar.In results released March 24, Tanner received 8,647 votes to Thompson’s 8,558. The 89-vote margin (50.3 to 49.7%) out of more than 17,000 ballots cast marks it as one of the closest contests in Bar history.“I am humbled and honored to serve as The Florida Bar’s president-elect beginning this June,” Tanner said in a statement on his Facebook page. “Current events demonstrate that we live in challenging and uncertain times. I thank all of my supporters for your encouragement and hard work during the campaign.“In my platform statement, I described myself as an optimist. That is still true and I believe the best days for our profession are ahead. With your help, I look forward to making that a reality.”Four other seats on the Board of Governors were also decided when balloting ended at midnight March 23; as was one seat on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors while another YLD race goes to a runoff.Thompson, a former Young Lawyers Division president who still has more than a year left on her board term, said she will continue to be active there and in other Bar-related activities as well as spending time with her family and practice.“I’m so grateful for all of the help and support I received over the last year and a half,” Thompson said. “While it’s disappointing, we have so many other challenges we have to be focused on.”In announcing his candidacy, Tanner listed his goals as maintaining the integrity of the judicial branch including adequate court funding, maintaining and improving professionalism and diversity among lawyers and the courts, and promoting member and other benefits for Bar members, including on health and wellness initiatives.Board RacesResults for the contested seats on the Bar Board of Governors include:• In the Fourth Circuit, Seat 2, W. Braxton Gillam IV of Jacksonville defeated John M. Phillips of Jacksonville 1,044 to 416 votes.• In the 11th Circuit, Seat 7, Alice Sum of Miami defeated Michael Shelley of Miami Beach 1,894 to 572.• In the 17th Circuit, Seat 1, incumbent Jay Kim of Ft. Lauderdale defeated Bill Gelin of Oakland Park 1,295 to 663 votes.• In the 17th Circuit, Seat 4, incumbent Hilary Creary of Ft. Lauderdale defeated Christina McKinnon of Miramar 1,063 to 758.Results for the two contested seats for the YLD Board of Governors, include:• In the Sixth Circuit, Seat 2, Benjamin S. Thomas defeated Randall D. Baskin 103 to 68.• In the Fourth Circuit, Seat 2, Valeen Arena, with 143 votes, will face Sarah Morris, with 118 votes, in a runoff. The third candidate, Angela Huston Miller, garnered 80 votes and was eliminated.For those involved in the run-off election, ballots will be emailed and/or mailed by the election services provider, Election Services Corporation, on or before April 1. Voters will receive an eballot and have the option of voting online (using their Personal Identification Number and member number) in lieu of returning a paper ballot. There will also be a link posted on the Bar’s homepage. All votes must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EDT), Wednesday, April 22.Michael TannerTanner, who practices business commercial litigation and “some election law,” has served on the Board of Governors since 2011, including on the Legislation Committee since 2013 and has chaired or co-chaired that committee three times. He has also served on the Program Evaluation Committee, was chair for the 2016-17 Bar year, and chaired the board’s Constitution Revision Committee during the CRC’s recent deliberations.Tanner served on the Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council from 1992-99 and served as section chair in 1999-2000. He also spent five years on the Board of Legal Specialization and Education, including one year as chair.Tanner has received awards, recognition, and membership from many peer-evaluated organizations. He is board certified in both civil trial law and business litigation. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member and past Jacksonville branch president of the American Board of Trial Advocates.Tanner has been named as a “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend since 2006 and in its Hall of Fame since 2014, and listed in The Best Lawyers in America’s Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Appellate Law categories since 2006. He has been designated among Florida Super Lawyers since 2007, including several years in the Top 100 Lawyers in Florida and Top 25 Lawyers in Jacksonville.Tanner is a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and has been a Bar member since 1978. He is a member of the Appellate Practice, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, and Trial Lawyers sections.He is married and has two daughters and three grandchildren. Tanner wins election for Bar president-electlast_img read more

Court Decision on Elbe Deepening in February

first_imgThe long-awaited court decision on the Elbe deepening project will be announced on February 9th 2017, reports the Port of Hamburg.According to the port, the adjustment of the navigation channel on the Lower and Outer Elbe is the most important strategic expansion project for the Port of Hamburg.In view of the rapidly growing ships, Hamburg is dependent on adapting its seaward access to this technical development in the long term. This is the only way to ensure that Hamburg can be called at economically viable conditions and that its port remains competitive, the port said in today’s release.During the oral proceedings of the last three days, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig intensively discussed legal and technical questions related to the adjustment of the navigation channel for containerships with a depth of 14.5 meters.The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the federal government were able to present their arguments and to prove the results which were obtained in sound investigations.Frank Horch, Senator for Economy, Transport and Innovation of the City of Hamburg, said: “We are confidently looking forward to the pronouncement of the decision which is announced for the 9th February 2017.”The legal questions that were discussed partially touched new legal ground. The forthcoming decision of the court on the “Elbe deepening” will show for the first time how the legal framework on water resources management and water protection has to be applied Germany-wide.The Hamburg Port Authority said that it is prepared to start the dredging measures immediately in the event of a positive judgment.last_img read more

LSU bracing for dual action quarterback

first_imgBATON ROUGE – The last time Wisconsin starting quarterback Tanner McEvoy played the position in a game was in front of 2,984 fans in the El Toro Bowl at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Arizona, nearly two years ago.It was Dec. 1, 2012, and he completed 18 of 24 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns for his Arizona Western College Matadors in a 42-37 win over Nassau Community College. There will be more than 70,000 in Houston’s sold-out NRG Stadium, where the NFL Texans play, on Saturday when he takes the first snap for No. 14 Wisconsin against No. 13 LSU at 8:10 p.m. on ESPN.A transfer from South Carolina, McEvoy could not budge the depth chart at quarterback for Wisconsin last season and moved to receiver and defensive back. He is back as the starting QB now because of his running ability.“We’re preparing for the best offense that they have,” said LSU coach Les Miles, who will play a pair of green running quarterbacks himself in freshman Brandon Harris and sophomore Anthony Jennings.“That would be run and pass,” Miles said. “Obviously he (McEvoy) has got some abilities to move his feet. We expect the same route tree to be used, the same offense, maybe just a little bit more mobile quarterback.”LSU was 2-0 against the ultimate mobile college quarterback of recent years as it defeated Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel in 2012 and ’13.“We’ve had success with other dual threat guys, but this is a different style of offense,” Miles said. “Wisconsin has a quality ground game, a variety of formations and now a mobile quarterback as well as a really quality throwing game. It’ll be interesting to see how that comes out.”Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon finished 10th in the nation last season with 1,609 yards on 206 carries and led the nation with 7.8 yards per carry.LOUIS PLAYED HURT: LSU junior outside linebacker Lamar Louis of Breaux Bridge revealed recently that he played most of last season with a fractured right wrist.“Well, Lamar Louis is a tough kid, a quality person really committed to his game,” said Miles, who usually is not forthcoming about injuries and was not last season concerning Louis. “When asked to play with pain really by his teammates, he kind of stepped in. Honestly, he made a real sacrifice for his teammates.”Louis hurt his wrist before the 2013 season but still played in 13 games as a backup, making 25 tackles with a fumble recovery.TIGER ITINERARY: The Tigers will leave campus at 12:30 p.m. Friday for the Baton Rouge airport for a 1:30 p.m. charter flight to Houston for Saturday night’s game.After a one-hour flight, the team will have a short walk-through practice at NRG Stadium at 3:35 p.m. before checking in at the Omni Hotel, which is about 20 minutes from the stadium. The Tigers will leave the hotel at 5:35 p.m. Saturday for the game. The team is scheduled to fly back to Baton Rouge at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.last_img read more