Florida Bar selects new president-elect designate, set to take over in 2024

by | Dec 19, 2022

  • Miami attorney Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr has been elected as the Florida Bar’s president-elect designate after running unopposed
  • Sanchez-Medina, who will serve in a next-in-line role under the incoming Bar president F. Scott Westheimer, is set to take over the top position in June 2024
  • Sanchez-Medina’s campaign platform included efforts to bolster the Bar association’s status as well as the providing of legal services to those who lack access

Attorney Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr. of Miami was named president-elect designate of The Florida Bar last weekend after being elected without opposition.

According to the Florida Bar, Sanchez-Medina, a long-time member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors and a former leader of the Cuban American Bar Association, will be sworn in as president-elect on June 23 at the Annual Florida Bar Convention, when the current president-elect F. Scott Westheimer assumes the presidency.

After Westheimer replaces outgoing President Gary Lesser at the annual convention in June, Sanchez-Medina will work in a next-in-line role through Jun. 2024, when he will begin his one-year tenure as Bar president.

“We’re only stewards for a year, so one of my priorities is going to be finishing up projects for President Lesser and President Westheimer,” Medina-Sanchez told the Florida Bar.

Sanchez-Medina’s platform for the election, “Promote Integrity, Justice, and Service,” included commitments to “Defend the mandatory and unified status of The Florida Bar as an agency of the Supreme Court” and to “Fortify the significance of civility and professionalism among members, in our service to the courts, and for the public.”

Sanchez-Medina’s campaign additionally called for the furthering of “real-world solutions that concentrate on fairness and merit to improve diversity and equality in Florida’s legal profession” and “a dedicated road to justice for individuals who lack access to and representation by attorneys,” the Bar reports on its profile of the new president-elect designate.

Sanchez-Medina is a member of the Business Law Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, and the International Law Section.

Westheimer, a Sarasota attorney, was elected to serve as president-elect in March, defeating Lorna Brown-Burton with nearly 60 percent of the vote.

Westheimer has been a member of the Bar since 1996 and has served as a managing partner at Syprett Meshad, P.A. since 2002.

Upon his candidacy, Westheimer stated his main goals as assisting members with their operations and quality of life, upholding the Bar’s status as a self-regulatory body, preserving the independence of the judiciary, and enhancing connections with members.


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