Broward Blogger Bill Gelin Runs For Bar Post


Can blogger Bill Gelin take his act statewide?

There are few people, if any, who have had more effect in recent years on the Broward Courthouse than local lawyer Gelin.

His blog JAABLOG helped uncover laziness, favoritism and just plain nonsense among the Broward judiciary.

I’m not a big fan of his comments section, where posters user their anonymity to slam and slander others. The posts make professional and personal allegations that are often unproven. Many of the posters appear to need psychiatric treatment and have way too much time on their hands.

That said, Gelin’s blog has had a beneficial affect on exposing what is wrong in the courthouse. Now he is turning his attention to the Florida Bar.

He is running for a Bar Board of Governor’s post against Jay Kim, the incumbent. Only members of the Bar, i.e., lawyers, can vote.

Below is Gelin’s picture and platform as printed on the Florida Bar website.

My name is Bill Gelin, and I am running against Jay Kim for BOG in Broward. I graduated UC Berkeley, and Stanford Law School.

I am known as an aggressive criminal defense attorney after daily courtroom appearances over 18-plus years, and for my role as principal author of the courthouse blog, JAABLOG.

My work on “the blog” has led to a large body of local, national, and international news stories over 14 years, and helped to root out corruption. However, I am most proud of starting the public dialogue in Broward for criminal justice reform and diversity on the bench more than a decade before they became fashionable topics. For my service, I was named Broward-Palm Beach “Best Lawyer” and “Best Gadfly,” and JAABLOG “Best Blog” by local media. Despite helping to usher in needed reforms, TFB has never been a fan, and has pursued numerous unfounded, anti-free speech/reform-chilling complaints, for which probable cause has never been found.

Why run?

Because I believe in offering and working towards solutions, instead of simply pointing out flaws.

This is a critical time for TFB. Former President Michelle Suskauer is under investigation for serious ethics allegations discovered by a federal judge, and a Miami judge recently wrote a report that reads like an indictment of TFB’s disciplinary arm. Taken together with ongoing repressive Bar actions against critical free speech, I believe an independent audit of Bar practices is necessary to ensure the public is properly protected and reassured.

Enhancement of a disciplinary process viewed as inefficient, anti-due process, and sometimes politically manipulated both offensively and defensively, is not the only area of concern. Professionalism and civility must be addressed, namely combatting institutional racism via TFB’s educational and legislative advocacy functions. There is nothing more unprofessional and uncivilized than disparate systemic impacts upon minorities, and TFB should be exercising more leadership. If elected, lip service to ideals of behavior will not be espoused, but rather inconvenient truths stated and countered.

Why run against Jay Kim?

I don’t think he’s accomplished much on the BOG, and besides not adequately addressing the issues above, he voted to terminate a judicial professionalism feedback program, instead of working to fix it.

I also disagree with his mentoring position, stating for YLD consumption “your client is generally not worth a bad personal relationship with your opposing counsel.” The public distrusts the legal profession because it’s perceived as self-serving; I will work to educate everyone that clients are always paramount.

Lastly, I emailed Jay before and after announcing, with no response. Professionalism requires more, and I will faithfully communicate with all.

As a busy sole practitioner, I am sensitive to the needs of running a business. I will be there for lawyers interested in solving personal issues, as well as addressing “macro” problems. Transparency is key, and in the changing technological legal landscape of which we all are part, I will seek your input to help shape the future practice of law to both benefit hard-working attorneys and protect the public.

9 Responses to “Broward Blogger Bill Gelin Runs For Bar Post”

  1. City activist Robert Walsh says:

    I wish him luck.

  2. Las Olas Lawyer says:

    Didn’t he have a Bar complaint against him and isn’t he doing this out of revenge? The conservative Bar will never accept him.

  3. Educated voter says:

    Good luck to Bill Gelin. About time that we have a representative that speaks the truth. He has my vote for sure.

  4. Naff says:

    The conservative bar is exactly the problem.I hope he wins.

  5. Count LF Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz says:

    “Your client isnt generally worth a bad personal relationship with your opposing counsel” is a scary statement for an attorney’s clients if true n accurately quoted.

  6. Retiring Gent says:

    I agree with the comments problem but what he says is courageous and true.He would be a credit to their directors board.

  7. Newbie Here says:

    what exactly is the BOG?


    Florida Bar’s Board of Governors.

  8. Kristina says:

    I voted for you Bill! Good luck!

  9. Ben Kay says:

    the chicken licken lawyer…if you post the truth about his “pals” on his blog he blocks you. another loon who (has) the fried chicken money from mommy & daddy ………