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S C BA N E W S Our greatest challenge: Minimizing spread of virus United we stand, divided we fall T his column is written in the middle of March, as COVID-19 is rapidly gaining a foothold in our community and changing our way of life. As an example, curfews were announced today in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and they are likely to announced at any moment here in Florida. In an effort to promote the safety of its members and the rest of our community, the SCBA announced its decision last week to suspend all programs through the end of April, with a pledge to examine the feasibility of continuing some other programs in May. To say that these times are unprecedented would be a gross understatement. Given our 24/7 news cycle and the polarized political environment we live in, it is not surprising that we see finger-pointing from both sides of the political aisle as this virus wreaks havoc worldwide. The toxic blame- game needs to stop, at least for now. SCBA PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Drew Clayton, Esq. Icard Merrill We can turn our attention to fixing the failures of leadership and plan- ning once we get past this crisis. For the present, we should focus instead on what should bring us together, which is the common challenge of overcoming our vulnerability to this dread coronavirus. By the time this column appears in the next issue of The Docket, it is likely that many if not most of us will be hibernating at home, that curfews will be in effect, and that there will be a dramatic increase in coronavirus-related casualties. I wish that dire prediction was off the mark, but it is fair to assume that we have some tough times ahead. So, our greatest challenge will be in remembering that we will more easily get through this pandemic, difficult though it will be, if we act together by being mindful of what we reasonably can do to minimize the spread of the virus and to keep our community as healthy as we can. My parents, who passed away several years ago, were part of the BA R L E A D E R S H I P MEMBERSHIP SCBA Board nominates 2020–2021 leadership team By STACY DILLARD-SPAHN, Governance Committee Chair T he SCBA Board of Directors nominates the following members to serve as Officers of the orga- nization for the 2020–2021 term: Jennifer L . Grosso, President; Dana Keane, President-elect; and Mark A. Haskins, Treasurer/Secretary. W. Andrew Clayton, Jr. will remain on the Board as the Immediate Past President. The Board also nominates the following SCBA members to serve as Directors-at-Large for a three- year term: Bonnie L. Polk (second term), Jason Gaskill (second term), Michele Stephan (first term), and Jay F. Castle (first term). Current Directors, Edwin L. Ford, Adria M. Jensen, Neil T. Lyons, Jeanne M. Bennett, and Amanda R. Kison will continue to serve on the Board until “Greatest Generation.” That gener- ation earned its well-deserved moni- ker because it confronted common enemies together by making extraor- dinary sacrifices here at home and on the battlefield during the Second World War. That generation’s focus was not on political parties or the other differences that divided them. It was, instead, focused on what they could do together to overcome a shared threat to their survival. Stated another way, they placed their community’s and nation’s interest above their own narrow, self-inter- ests, in order to survive and preserve the way of life they cherished. COVID-19 is tantamount to being our World War III. We will more effectively rise to the challenge of this virus by focusing on what we can do together to defeat it. And, wouldn’t it be ideal if we could adopt an attitude of community togetherness as a springboard — as the virus subsides — to solve other problems that confront our nation? Regardless, stay healthy! Welcome, new members! T he following represents each new member’s name, law school, year of admission to The Florida Bar, and law firm association. the expiration of their respective staggered terms. The Young Lawyers Division will be represented on the SCBA Board by its incoming Pres- ident, Sara Castro , and the South County Division will be represented by its incoming President, Anthony G. Mowry . The above slate of Director and Officer nominees shall be elected by voice acclamation of the Regular Members present at the SCBA’s annual membership meet- ing on May 21, 2020. Any Regular SCBA Member wishing to contest a nominee must submit a petition for a contested election signed by forty (40) Regular Members to the SCBA office no later than April 15, 2020, resulting in election for any contested position by written ballot of a majority of the Regular Members present at the annual meet- ing. n J  effrey Appel: Capital University; 2018; Appel & Hellstedt LLP n N  icholas Chiappetta: Nova Southeastern Univer- sity; 2018; Marten Chiapetta n E  dward Eliasberg, Jr.: University of Michigan Law School 1995; McConnaughhay, Coonrod et al. n D  anielle Hixon: William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV; 2015; Roig Lawyers n M  eghan O’Connell: Stetson University; Expected Graduation Date: May 2021 The Docket · April 2020 5