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CFO Sink Announces Daniel Y. Sumner Fellowship in Law and Public Policy


Contact: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, (850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced the Daniel Y. Sumner Fellowship in Law and Public Policy at a luncheon honoring Daniel Y. Sumner, a 1975 graduate of the Florida College of Law and Attorney with the Department of Financial Services. The fellowship will go to a recent graduate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law to participate in CFO Sink’s legal and public policy work.
“I can think of no better way to honor Dan Sumner’s dedication to public service and his work for the people of Florida than to help cultivate more public servants just like him,” said CFO Sink. “I am excited to work with the University of Florida and each new Sumner fellow to introduce government service to our future generation of leaders.”
“We are very excited about the development of the Sumner Fellowship,” said Robert Jerry, Dean of the University of Florida Levin College of Law.  “This innovative program will make it possible for exceptional graduates to serve Florida by helping develop insurance and financial regulatory policy.  The program will also help prepare the next generation of public servants for leadership positions in our state.  We are delighted to partner with the CFO on this program.”
Sumner, a Jacksonville, Florida native, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for CFO Sink and the Florida Department of Financial Services. Prior to serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, Sumner served as General Counsel for the Department.  Sumner’s service in the Department of Insurance prior to Cabinet reorganization included serving as Executive Senior Counsel, General Counsel, Director of Legal Services, Director of Insurance Rating and Deputy State Treasurer.
“My career in public service has exceeded my expectations in terms of both its challenges and rewards,” said Sumner.  “I am honored by this fellowship and proud that it will give recent graduates an opportunity to serve.”
The first Daniel Y. Sumner fellow is Lindsay Roshkind of West Palm Beach. Roshkind graduated Summa Cum Laude from The George Washington University and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2008.  She also received her LLM in Taxation from the University of Florida in 2009.  Roshkind was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2008 and recently took the Georgia Bar. 
“This Fellowship will give me the opportunity to participate in both the legal and public policy work of CFO Sink’s office,” said Roshkind. “I am honored to have the chance to participate in public service and to learn from the dedicated staff of the Department of Financial Services.”
Sumner also served as Interim Executive Director of the Florida Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association from its activation in September 2006 until it was merged into Citizens Property Insurance Corporation in June 2007.  He has been involved in the drafting and legal defense of key insurance reforms in the State of Florida, including the Tort Reform Act of 1986, Workers’ Compensation Reform Act of 1990, 1995 Property Insurance Reforms and creation of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation in 2002.
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