Jon Polenberg is running for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar. He seeks to fill Seat 4 representing the 17th Circuit currently held by Jay Cohen, who is not running for re-election. Ballots will be mailed around March 1, 2018, and must be returned no later than midnight March 21. Bar members in the 17th Circuit will have the option of voting electronically or returning a paper ballot to the Bar’s election company. Instructions on voting will be included in the ballot. The winner will be sworn in at the Bar’s June Annual Convention in Boca Raton.
Jon’s Platform Statement
For nearly a decade, Jay Cohen has represented the Broward County legal community by serving as a member of the Board of Governors. Thank you, Jay, for your service. Before Jay, Jesse Diner, Past President of The Florida Bar, held that seat, and I am indebted to Jesse for his support and guidance over the past decade. Another distinguished Broward County attorney and Past President of The Florida Bar, Eugene Pettis, and Past President of The Florida Bar Foundation, Adele Stone, as well as Florida Bar Past Presidents William Schifino, Greg Coleman and Ed Blumberg have honored me with their support. Attorney leaders from throughout our community have humbled me with their support, including Jack Seiler, George Moriatis, and Kenneth Keechl. There are far too many attorneys who support me than I can list here. I cannot express how thankful I am for their support.
Because our leaders have set such high standards, I know I must work tirelessly to meet the expectations incumbent upon a member of the Board of Governors. To do so, I draw on my Bar experience to inform me how to address present and future challenges. For over a decade I have served the Bar by working in several positions, including Past Chair of the Florida Bar’s Business Law Section, Past Chair of the Federal Court Practice Committee of The Florida Bar, and Member of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure of The Florida Bar. Community service also remains central to my obligations: Past Chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Board of Directors for the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; Past Chair of the Board for the Transplant Foundation; and Chair of the Political Affairs Committee of the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
I look forward to addressing the following challenges:
Florida’s judiciary must remain independent and funded. Equally important is to adequately fund the State Attorney and Public Defender to protect our community. Broward County must solve these challenges.
Our attorneys must have help to develop better work-life balance and lifestyles, especially considering the significant stressors in our profession.
The legal community has long discussed ways to encourage and promote diversity and inclusion. It is now time for action; The Bar must reflect our communities’ demographics.
Bridging the access-to-justice gap is not only critical to securing our democracy, it is the embodiment of our oath. The Bar must facilitate ways for Floridians to have access to justice.
The Bar must shore up its ability to protect the legal community from suffering harm from non-lawyers performing legal services in Florida and prevent technology from hampering the Broward County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.