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Welcome to the award-winning Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism created as a joint project of the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar to promote and encourage professionalism throughout Florida. The Center is named after Judge Henry Latimer, one of the first African-American judges in Florida. During his 30-year career as a lawyer and judge, he mentored thousands, instilling in them his passion for equality, excellence, respect and professionalism.

The Center’s mission is to promote the fundamental ideals and values of the justice system within the legal system, and to instill those ideals of character, civility, competence, and commitment in all those persons serving therein.

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The Professional is now a blog updated regularly with articles from attorneys and student contributors celebrating and encouraging professionalism.

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Short videos that go a long way toward helping young attorneys and those new to practice stay focused on practicing with professionalism.

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Judge Seitz’s ‘Never Contemplated’ episode tops the Professionalism Center’s podcasts for 2021

Senior U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz can add yet another distinction to an already long and distinguished resume — top-rated legal podcaster. “Congratulations to Judge Patricia Seitz on having the most popular ‘Never Contemplated’ episode in 2021,” said Rebecca Bandy, Director of the Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, the series creator. Judge Seitz’s Season 1,…

Nominations sought for professionalism awards

The Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism is now accepting nominations for its annual William M. Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism, Law Faculty/Administrator, and Group Professionalism awards. Nominations are due by February 11 and nominations can be made or nominating forms downloaded by going to www.floridabar.org/prof/pawards/. The Hoeveler Award, named after the late distinguished U.S. Southern District of…

Professionalism review panel to present recommendations in March

The Special Committee for the Review of Professionalism in Florida expects to deliver its final recommendations in March, President-elect Gary Lesser told the Board of Governors. Lesser, who serves as co-chair, told the board at a December 3 meeting that the committee has decided on a final game plan for implementing one of President Michael…