ELECTION TIME!

My name is Bill Gelin, and I am running for Florida Bar Board of Governors in the 17th Circuit. If you are a lawyer or judge with an office in Broward, or know an eligible member in the 17th Circuit, please vote or urge your friends and colleagues to support change by voting for me.

Both an E-Ballot and a paper ballot will be sent out to Broward voters starting February 28th. If you elected back in January for an E-Ballot only, you will not receive a paper ballot, so please check your email and spam folders in the coming days. For those receiving both, whichever ballot the Bar receives first, E-Ballot or paper, will be counted.

These are traditionally low turnout elections, and I’m as guilty as anyone for typically placing my ballot in the trash instead of making an informed contribution. In the last contested race for Board of Governors in the 17th Circuit, only 1,289 of 7,215 eligible votes were cast. It’s now reached a point where collective apathy, mine included, has reached a crisis point.

The Bar, once a proud and respected institution, is suffering. Bar Associations are under legal assault at the national level, and many members of the Florida Bar are rooting for the opposition.

Animosity by lawyers against a Bar that’s perceived to collect dues and do nothing more has grown to epic proportions. Compounding the problem, the Bar’s disciplinary arm has been criticized by lawyers and from the bench for launching misguided investigations and prosecutions against well-respected practitioners with little to no advance research or diligent preparation. Such actions, which may support the Bar and a corresponding bar defense cottage industry, do not serve to protect the public, and are disrespectful, irresponsible, and distracting stands against lawyers who have spent their careers helping others.

Think about it. So many lawyers have a Bar horror story to tell. By example, ominous, stress-inducing, and unfounded letters requiring time-consuming responses by counsel or their attorneys have been sent to lawyers with perfectly clean disciplinary records for speaking against a judge’s reelection, for asking for a reset of a trial date when the target lawyer was facing child care issues due to a family member facing her final hours in hospice care, and just last week, inviting a private attorney into fee arbitration at the behest of a seasoned criminal defendant with mental health concerns represented by the Public Defender who falsely claimed that he had instead hired the private lawyer. These are just a few examples, but when coupled with the perception that fat cat, powerful lawyers like Scott Rothstein are politically immune from bar scrutiny until law enforcement steps in, the need for reform at the highest levels of the Bar becomes clear.

Make no mistake about it, this isn’t about going soft on discipline, but rather making the system fair, efficient, and focused to free up the resources necessary to convict and weed out bad apples, powerful or not, that give all of us a bad name.

As my colleague Michael Shelley, running for the Board of Governors in the 11th Circuit, says in his platform statement, the Bar needs transparency and consistency in the discipline process, and a shift away from attacks on constitutionally protected speech. I strongly echo his beliefs, and ask for your support as an agent for much needed change.

Lastly, a word about my opponent, Jay Kim. You may have received campaign emails from him already, or met him if he came to your office, as he did to the Broward State Attorney’s Office last week seeking votes. He’s endorsed by former bar presidents, and as a fixture on the rubber chicken dinner legal circuit, which I definitely am not, enjoys establishment support. He seemingly has plenty of time for campaign activities, while refusing to even acknowledge my numerous emailed requests to publicly debate him on the many pressing issues facing the Bar today. I believe he’s afraid, or at best reluctant, to publicly air and address the legitimate grievances and concerns of many, many members, and I hope you take his anti-transparency position into account when deciding who to vote for.

In closing, if you are happy with the status quo, then by all means abstain, or vote for my opponent. But if you would like to see real dialogue and meaningful change implemented at the highest levels, I promise to fight for fairness, transparency, and common sense reform if I am fortunate enough to be elected to represent you on the Board of Governors.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Bill Gelin

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49 thoughts on “ELECTION TIME!”

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    the bar I the entire state is a joke. It only protects bad lawyers, criminal, especially prosecutors’ egregious specifically stated criminal misconduct instead of protecting the citizens from them. They have absolutely NO oversight in the Fla Const. and lack integrity with hubris and supreme confidence that most -MOST likely, the Bar will dismiss any complaints and if someone wastes tike accessing their ‘review/appellate” with meet with the same IGNORE-ance. the Br’s History on this is irrefutable when applying the “habit and pattern” Rules of Evidence. And it is the same people who have been run up the line to replace the garbage before because of their demonstrated Willingness to follow tis path and play this game, like Adria Quintela IN Ft. Lauderdale, the Seat of corrupt power. This IS the culture and I seriously doubt Bill Gelin is going to even make a dent. When lying, ineffective crap like Theresa Williams stands for the BACDL as its leader and now even wants to be SA, no greater buffoonery, because the lawyers who elected her are the same POSs that criticize her uselessness. and You ALL KNOW who they are and what none of you DID anything about according to your very own rules of both reporting the misconduct and correcting all the chelating, especially the SAO’s impermissible prejudicial malpractice that you even LOST to without comment in trial or even outed on appeals to the Opaque Bar for disciplinary review. With that history, and the fact that even mighty candidate Bill Gelin refuses to even return phone calls about it tell the TRUE Story to support his campaign rhetoric,

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        Quintela I just another Hispanic vagina who protected Gardiner and all she spread, stood, bent over and laid down for. What new POS replaced her as the head of all disciplinary review? When I asked Ana’s Bar prosecutor to let me testify against her, she had the court Dep threaten to throw me out of the trial. So what have they done with complicit Bar personnel. They told me that when a Bar Lawyer reviews a case and dumps it after receiving credible substantial and substantiated information of criminal misconduct, the Bar Rules regarding reporting the criminal misconduct they instantly became aware of from the complaint, does not apply to lawyers who work for the Fla. Bar so they neither have to investigate and prosecute or report it to any tribunal. So how’s that going to work in YOUR administration, if you get elected, Bill?

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      Agree..the entire state but he cant rock the boat to get in. People. V. Money by Mark STOPA..days it all. Catherine chapter 25 page 455

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    You’ve got my full support, Bill. The Bar is in great need of reform. It has digressed into nothing but a political tool for judges, and bad ones at that.

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    Doesn’t Criminal mean dealing with kooky defendants? Low paid Prosecutors? Low paid Judges? Low paid Bar Prosecutors? If one chooses a mediocre field, then is one not obligated to play by mediocre rules and standards? Just saying.

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    I really should invest in some tissues or handkerchiefs. I’m spending way too much money buying new ties to wipe my boogers on.

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    We really need to change the trends.
    We just got finished with a witch breeder as President, who uses non members to practice law, and who traffic’s kids through legal aid and Jeff Epstein.

    And the 17 A Grievance Committee Chair who does the same, while leveraging her craft her craft into the SA election.

    Witches are Evil.

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        New Rule 4-“17” (T).
        Florida Bar members “shall “not fly out of state to search, stalk and/or set up hits on material witnesses in active court cases.

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    Bogenputz doesn’t have a chance with Hawkins when he goes to trial in April except to further bring attention to the total incompetent whackos we’ve got sitting on the bench in Broward.
    I take the phoney baloney he spews these days with the pound of poop he’s toting around with the rest of his baggage train.
    Time to pack it in Pooper. You just don’t have what it takes anymore.

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