The Florida Bar

Group Professionalism Award Guidelines

    The Florida Bar, through the Standing Committee on Professionalism, is seeking applications for the Group Professionalism Award for a group such as a bar association, judicial organization, inn of court, or law school organization that has enhanced professionalism among lawyers and students. The purpose of this award is to recognize one organization that has an innovative program that can be implemented by other organizations to promote and encourage professionalism within the legal community. The deadline for the submission is February 15, 2016.

    A cash award in the amount of $500 will be presented to the recipient at the Annual Convention of The Florida Bar in June 2015.

    Past winners include:

    1994 -
    Clearwater Bar Association - Mentor Committee
    1995 -
    Florida Council of American Inns of Court - The American Inns of Court
    1996 -
    Orange Co. Bar Association - Professionalism Committee
    1997 -
    Hillsborough County Bar Association - Standards of Professional Courtesy
    1998 -
    Palm Beach Co. Bar Association - Professionalism Council
    1999 -
    Jacksonville Bar Association - Professionalism: Increasing Professionalism Within the Circuit
    2000 - Co-winners:

    University of Miami Law School - Center for Ethics & Public Service
    Dade County Bar Association Professionalism Committee - "The Heart of Professionalism"
    2001 -
    Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, Inc. - "Annual Diversity Lunch and Continuing Legal Education Program"
    2002 -
    Hernando County Bar Association, Citrus County Bar Association - "Citrus- Hernando Inn of Court"
    2003 -
    Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association - "Afternoon in the Courthouse"
    2004 -
    The George Edgecomb Bar Association - "Annual Sligh Middle School Role Model Program"
    2005 -
    Stetson University College of Law - "Excellence in Advocacy and Elder Law"
    2006 -
    Fifth Circuit Professionalism Committee, Fifth Judicial Circuit - 2005 5th Circuit Professionalism Conference
    2007 -
    The George Edgecomb Bar Association - "The George Edgecomb Mentoring Program"
    2008 -
    The Fourth Judicial Circuit – “Judicial Professionalism Symposium”
    2013 -
    Palm Beach County Bar Association, Broward County Bar Association, Dade County Bar Association, Martin County Bar Association, and Cuban American Bar Association - "Joint Civility Project"
    2014 -
    Probate and Guardianship Committee of the Dade County Bar Association - PROGUARD
    2015 - Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Student Professionalism Enhancement Program

    Group Professionalism Award Guidelines PDF document opens in new window
    Group Professionalism Award Nomination Form PDF document opens in new window

    Nominations can be submitted electronically or mailed to:

    Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism
    The Florida Bar
    651 E. Jefferson St.
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300

    All questions regarding the judicial award should be directed to Sarah Bolinder, Assistant Director for the Center for Professionalism, email or by phone at (850) 561-5646.

    1. Eligibility

    Any individual federal, state or local bar association; inn of court; judicial organization; or law school organization is eligible for the award.

    2. Judging

    The entries will be received by the Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism and the selection will be made by The Standing Committee on Professionalism.

    3. Criteria for Evaluation
      a. Overall quality of the program.

      b. Ability for replication by other interested groups.

      c. Likelihood of continuation of the program.

      d. Substantive strength of the program in the area of professionalism.

      e. Success of the program.

      f. Number of lawyers and/or law students directly and indirectly involved or affected.

      g. Uniqueness, creativity, or other distinguishing and/or particularly meri­torious features of the program.

      h. Potential for impact in the legal community.

    4. Application Procedures
      a. All individual entrants must submit an original of the completed project application, including attachments.

      b. Applications must be typewritten.

      c. Up to four (4) additional sheets (excluding the narrative summary) may be attached should more room be needed to respond to questions on the application.

      d. All applications and supporting documents must be received on or before February 14, 2016 and should be addressed to:
        Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism
        The Florida Bar
        651 East Jefferson Street
        Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300
      e. All entries, including exhibits, become the property of The Florida Bar and may appear in The Florida Bar News and other publications.

      f. The award will be presented at the Annual Convention of The Florida Bar, June 2016.

      g. Questions regarding the award should be directed to Sarah Bolinder, Assistant Director for the Center for Professionalism, email or by phone at (850) 561-5646.

[Revised: 11-18-2015]