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.
The Professional is now a blog updated regularly with articles from attorneys and student contributors celebrating and encouraging professionalism.
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Candid discussion with celebrated judges about professionalism and how to address unprofessional and uncivil behavior.
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Best practices guides (including Legal Professionalism in the Electronic Age), videos, articles, Pro Tips, and more.
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May 18, 2023
The opposing counsel didn’t give Tallahassee attorney Edwin Bayó’s client, a veterinarian, much of a choice. Accept their terms regarding a civil matter or face negative online reviews and a Board of Veterinary Medicine complaint. To Bayo, it had the whiff of extortion. “It really left a bad taste in my mouth,” he said. A…
May 2, 2023
When GPT-4 – the latest version of OpenAI’s language model systems – was released in mid-March, several aspiring lawyers and law professors used it to take the bar exam. The Large Language Model chatbot passed every subject and performed better than 90% of human test takers. This news was a bit shocking, undoubtedly, and raised numerous questions. Preparing for the bar exam, for most unassisted…
April 25, 2023
Rule 4-4.2, Rules of Professional Conduct, provides that, in representing a client, a lawyer cannot communicate with a person the lawyer knows to be represented by another lawyer in the matter unless the other lawyer gives consent. On the Ethics Hotline, we get questions from lawyers asking if they can “reply all” when opposing counsel…