Florida Bar President Gary Lesser takes the oath of office as his wife, Jennifer, a Florida lawyer, and their three daughters, Rebecca, Lillian, and Josie look on. Lesser said he would not be where he is today without the help of great mentors and his first priority will be the creation of a statewide mentoring program focusing on Florida lawyers with three or less years of experience, working at firms with three or fewer lawyers, a group Lesser says often goes without meaningful mentorships.

Building the best mentorship program in the country, expanding access to justice, and working to ensure an independent court system and vibrant legal profession are the goals of newly sworn President Gary Lesser.

Addressing the Annual Convention in Orlando, Lesser, the 74th president of The Florida Bar, said another priority will be a public education campaign, “Life Legal Moments,” that will emphasize the importance of hiring a lawyer.