Promoting Professionalism in Florida
It is an unfortunate fact that not all lawyers exercise the best judgment regarding their obligation to maintain professional behavior when dealing with the courts, the public, and their colleagues. The Florida Bar has clear ethical standards for its members, along with defined protocols for appropriate sanctions.
The Florida Supreme Court has established specific methods of countering unprofessional behavior, whether or not it rises to the level of an ethical breach. One of those methods is working through your Local Professionalism Panel (LPP).
Each judicial circuit has an LPP composed of local attorneys who have been appointed review complaints about attorneys’ perceived unprofessional behavior. This may be done informally by phone or more formally by email or regular mail. A local panel member will attempt to resolve the complaint informally if possible, or may choose to refer it to the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program (ACAP) for further action.