The Florida Bar
The Florida Bar News
July 1, 2013
NEARLY 700 MEMBERS of the Palm Beach County Bar stood for the retaking of the Attorney Oath of Admission, including the new pledge of lawyer civility. Chief Judge Peter Blanc administered the oath during the association’s annual Bench Bar Conference.
South Florida bars honored for professionalism efforts
Forty-two South Florida voluntary bar associations (VBAs) will receive The Florida Bar’s Group Professionalism Award during its annual convention in Boca Raton.
The award recognizes the VBAs “Got Civility?” project, where the 42 VBAs signed a joint resolution to promote lawyer civility and a more consistent following of the standards of professional courtesy throughout South Florida. The Florida Bar will provide the VBAs with a $1,000 cash prize in addition to the award.
“It is great for the VBAs to be recognized for uniting to promote this important cause that directly impacts the reputation of our profession and how attorneys interact with each other on a daily basis,” said Palm Beach County Bar President Adam Rabin.
Dade County Bar President Garrett Biondo said: “We hope that by promoting lawyer civility, we can continue to create an improved practice culture in South Florida.”
Broward County Bar President, Deborah Fitzgerald said: “The joint resolution symbolizes what can be accomplished when South Florida’s VBAs work together.”
Greg Weiss, Martin County Bar president, said: “It was significant for the VBAs in both the northern and southern parts of South Florida to work together in promoting a more uniform standard of professional courtesy.”
Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz and Annie Hernandez of the Cuban American Bar Association came up with the idea of creating “Got Civility?” buttons to promote the project and were distributed at conferences, major events, and membership lunches.
“The involvement of South Florida’s six chief judges was a key part of our success in promoting the joint resolution,” said Larry Corman, president of the South Palm Beach County Bar.
The six chief judges who signed the joint resolution were Chief Judge Federico Moreno, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; Chief Judge Paul Hyman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida; Chief Judge Peter Blanc, 15th Judicial Circuit; Chief Judge Joel Brown, 11th Judicial Circuit; Chief Judge Peter Weinstein, 17th Judicial Circuit; and Chief Judge Steven Levin, 19th Judicial Circuit.