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SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEY OFFICIALLY IN LINE OF SUCCESSION TO THE FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENCY

 SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEY OFFICIALLY IN LINE OF
 SUCCESSION TO THE FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENCY
 TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Miami attorney Patricia A. Seitz, a six-year member of The Florida Bar's governing board, was elected Florida Bar President-elect designate today. When she assumes the presidency in June 1993, Seitz will be the first woman in the 43-year history of The Florida Bar to serve as president of that organization. With 55 percent of lawyers of The Florida Bar casting ballots (the highest percentage in 12 years), Seitz received 13,386 votes over John Edwin Fisher of Orlando who received 12,474 votes.
 When she announced her candidacy, Seitz pledged leadership and commitment to maintain lawyer ethics and enhance the professionalism of lawyers. She also promised to work to adapt the practice of law so it will provide increased access to the legal system for the poor and middle class.
 "More than 130 million Americans need affordable, prompt, uncomplicated legal counseling and advice," she said. "Lawyers need to be proactive in a business sense in providing economical service. The reality of the practice of law in the 1990s requires the profession to look to the future, not the past. Lawyers must adapt in order to meet the challenges of tomorrow. To demand that the future conform to the past is a losing battle."
 A Florida Bar board-certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Seitz has served on The Florida Bar's Board of Governors since 1986. Before that she served on the governing board of the Young Lawyers Division for four years. She has served as chair of The Florida Bar's Special Committee on Ideals and Goals of Professionalism, the Program Committee of The Florida Bar Committee on Lawyer Professionalism, and the Committee on Lawyer Competency and Continuing Legal Education. Seitz has also served on the budget, legislative, disciplinary review and long-range planning committees of The Florida Bar.
 Currently the president-elect designate is a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Dade County Bar Association and Association of Trial Lawyers of America. In addition to Florida courts, she is admitted to practice before the Northern, Middle and Southern U.S. District Courts, the 11th and 5th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Florida Public Service Commission.
 A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Seitz worked her way through law school covering the U.S. Supreme Court for the Dallas Times Herald D.C. Bureau.
 She is a partner in the Miami office of the Florida law firm of Steel, Hector & Davis and was the firm's first woman partner. She is married to trial lawyer Alan G. Greer.
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