Leader of the Pack: Alum elected president of Florida Bar YLD

FCA-053Michael Orr, Class of 2005, was elected by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors in January to serve as president-elect in 2013 and as president in 2014. Orr is the first Florida Coastal alumnus to serve as president of the division, be a member of the Senior Florida Bar Board of Governors, and serve on the Executive Committee of The Florida Bar.

Orr is admitted to practice in the state of Florida and is a member of The Florida Bar. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and the Federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Lucky, humbled and blessed all come to mind,” said Orr, when asked how it felt to be elected. “Of course, prepared, ready and anxious are also apropos.”

Orr has been a member of the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors for the past seven years, and has held nearly every chair position on the board and chaired nearly every committee. Orr’s interest in leadership positions began as an undergraduate through student government and continued into his law school career at Coastal where he participated in moot court and served as president of the SBA for two years.

“I think one of the great things Coastal did was provide a platform to engage in leadership roles,” said Orr. “The administration, that being Dean Goplerud and his predecessors, gave me those opportunities that more or less jump-started my experience to the higher level of leadership. There are so many professors who helped me along the way outside of the classroom. Gerry Moran was and still is an unbelievable mentor, and Sander Moody has been a great help to me even long after I’ve left law school. Coastal Law also gave me the opportunity as an alumnus to serve as president of the Alumni Association. It’s all about having that platform – that ability to help people and serve.”

During his time in this position, Orr will coordinate his efforts with Greg Coleman, who will be serving as president of The Florida Bar in 2014. Orr is looking forward to discussions at Long Range Planning meetings over the next year between select members of the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, which will determine his pursuits during his presidency.

Orr will be sworn in as president-elect by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston at The Bar’s General Assembly meeting June 28 in Boca Raton.

“It all comes back to service – I really love to serve and help people.”

In the Northeast Florida community, Orr aids various organizations through board service and volunteer work. He was president of the Family Nurturing Center of Florida and serves the Special Olympics of Florida through miscellaneous roles in fundraising, management and volunteerism.