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Group Professionalism Award

The purpose of the Group Professionalism Award is to recognize an organization (such as a bar association, judicial organization, inn of court, or law school organization) that has enhanced professionalism among lawyers and students through innovative programs that can be implemented by other organizations to promote and encourage professionalism across the legal community.

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
2016 – Orange County Bar Association, New Lawyer Training Program: Fundamentals in Practice
2017 – Palm Beach County Bar Association, Breakfast with Judges

The Center and The Standing Committee will begin accepting award nominations for the awards soon. Please stay tuned for more information.

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

All questions regarding the judicial award should be directed to the Center for Professionalism, email [email protected] or by phone at (850) 561-5747.

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.