West Palm Beach, Fla., civil litigator John “Jay” White III faces a laundry list of major issues dogging the legal community as he is sworn in as president of the Florida Bar at its annual convention, which started Wednesday in Boca Raton.

White, 53, has spent a third of his 24-year career as a member of the Bar’s board of governors. He is the fifth lawyer from Richman Greer Weil Brumbaugh Mirabito & Christensen to become a Florida Bar president in the firm’s 46-year history.