Panama City Beach Chamber News
Franklin Harrison Elected Board of Trustees Chair of NCBE
Franklin R. Harrison of Panama City, Florida, was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) at an August meeting of the Board held in Burlington, Vermont. NCBE develops the tests that are used as part of the bar examination in virtually every U.S. jurisdiction, including Florida.
Harrison has served as the committee chair of the Multistate Bar Examination, the organization’s flagship test, since 2008. He will continue in that role during the year that he chairs the National Conference Board of Trustees.
Harrison is a founding partner of the law firm Harrison Sale McCloy, with his practice concentrated in the areas of real estate, commercial, and education law. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Education Law.
He is a former chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and now serves as an emeritus member reviewing the character and fitness of applicants to the Florida Bar. Harrison was selected by the Supreme Court of Florida to serve as chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners’ Testing Commission in 2008 and as a member of the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in 2010. He was appointed in 2009 by the president of the Florida Bar to serve on the Education Law Certification Committee, the first such committee in the nation. As past president of the Florida School Board Attorneys Association, Harrison was honored by the Florida School Boards Association with the 2010 Richard “Spike” Fitzpatrick Award for his lifelong service to education in Florida.
Harrison received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida, where he was elected president of Florida Blue Key and elected to the Hall of Fame. He has served as chair of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and the Bay County Economic Development Alliance. He was honored with the Lauren Merriam Memorial Award from the Chamber in 2011.
NCBE is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1931. It is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Among the examinations that NCBE provides are the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). NCBE also prepares and coordinates the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Florida administers the MBE and the MPRE as part of its lawyer licensing process. NCBE also conducts background investigations of applicants for admission to the bar and provides educational programming and other services to bar admission authorities.