Florida Bar President Engages with Students

Press Date
February 7, 2020

Florida Bar President John Stewart answers questions from FSU Law students.


TALLAHASSEE — On January 29, 2020,  FSU Law welcomed Florida Bar President John Stewart to campus for a Q&A session with students and other law school community members. Stewart shared candid advice with students on beginning their careers and on professionalism. He encouraged students to immerse themselves in learning and not be afraid to ask questions. “Take chances and take risks,” Stewart said. “Hard work is rewarded. Become very good at your craft.”

Stewart, who has held bar leadership positions for more than 20 years, also discussed leadership, technology, wellness and bar resources. In addition to engaging with The Florida Bar, Stewart suggested that students become involved locally, advising them to find a local bar that suits their personality and interests. Stewart chairs the Bar’s Special Committee on Technology Affecting the Practice of Law and joked he could talk about technology’s impact on the profession for hours. He discussed many positive effects of technology, but cautioned students to make professional decisions when connecting with clients via texts and emails. He also urged students to make efforts to disconnect. “We have to learn to untether,” Stewart said. “You’re a lawyer 24/7, but you don’t have to practice 24/7.” In addition to serving as Florida Bar president, Stewart is a partner at Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver, PL, in Vero Beach.