Whether it’s best practices guides (and there are many, from electronic communication to professional conduct), quick tips or codes of trial conduct, you’ll find it here.
Quick snippets of professionalism advice.
Mandi Clay: Ask for exactly what you want
Erin Weinstock: Make studying for Bar Exam a 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m. job
Sara Peacock: Improve work-life balance by taking control of calendar
Esther Osim: Do less so you can do more better
Mike Tanner: Immediately correct any misstatement
Rebecca Bandy: Professionalism is expected in Florida
Ita Neymotin: In death penalty cases, treat witnesses with civility
Heather Thom on the importance of building and maintaining your credibility
Eddie Stephens: Don't over extend yourself or put all your eggs in one basket
Judge Ross Goodman: Professionalism is the key to success
Elizabeth Tarbert on difference between confidentiality and privilege
Alexcia Cox: Seek guidance on potential ethical issue
Melissa Zelniker-Presser: Saying yes to saying no
Hillary Thornton on responding to awkward comments
Eddie Stephens: Master your craft by writing everything down longhand
Josh Magidson: Focus on the client, not on yourself
John Schifino on the benefits of shutting down the phone
Gary Lesser on the importance of patience
Nik Harris on the importance of self-care
Joe Corsmeier on responding to internet complaints
Maribel Diaz on teamwork
Brijesh Patel on a lawyer's duty to act with reasonable promptness
Mike Tanner: New case? Introduce yourself to opposing counsel
Dori Foster-Morales on responding to emotional phone calls
Melanie Griffin: Always show others grace
Henry Paul on responding to negative reviews
Judge Jessica Costello on the "commerce of integrity"
Steve Davis: Professionalism in the virtual world
Molly Paris: If you need help, reach out
Alexis Lambert: Help people who can't do anything for you
Judge Donald Myers: Put First Things First
Christine Phipps on finding your network
Maribel Diaz on Guardian ad Litem
Larry Smith on diversity and inclusion
Judge Gisela Laurent on professionalism in the virtual courtroom
G.C. Murray on mentorship
John Cardillo on how to support vulnerable lawyers
Paul Lipton on being honorable
David Grimes on instilling leadership through mentoring
Valeria Obi on community involvement
Melanie Kalmanson on giving voice to the voiceless
Watch what you say
Just make the call
John M. Stewart, immediate past president, on etiquette in the digital age
Diriki T. Geuka on the importance of community involvement
Brian Cuban: There's no such thing as a high-functioning lawyer struggling with addiction
Jason Jones on the importance of candor toward the tribunal
Rosanna Catalano: Finding the right job fit
Marvin Schulman: The dual role of counselor and advocate
Workgroup on Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID-19 Best Practices: This Supreme Court workgroup has developed best practices on the following topics:
- Facilitating Pro Se Litigants with Remote Appearance Technology
- Representing Yourself and Using Remote Appearance Technology with the Courts
- Management of Evidence in Remote Hearings in Civil and Family Cases
- Out-of-County Inmates
Proposed Model Consent and Joint Stipulation Forms for Virtual Jury Trials: prepared by ABOTA Fort Lauderdale with feedback from the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Best Practices for Remote Court Proceedings: This guide was produced by the Florida Bar Board Technology Committee.
This handbook includes a collection of professionalism resources designed to help attorneys and students at Florida law schools learn the importance of civility and professionalism in the legal profession. This guide embodies and reflects the substance of the professional identity, personality, character, and fitness to practice law that each member of the Bar should exemplify.
Also see, Resources For Young Lawyers
Legal Professionalism in the Electronic Age
With the shift to video conferencing, it is crucial to uphold the expectation of professionalism and civility within the legal profession. This guide provides some best practices and recommendations for practicing with professionalism virtually.
Best Practices for Professional Electronic Communication
Lawyers use multiple forms of communication on a daily basis to diligently advocate and are in a constant state of communication with clients, opposing counsel, the court and colleagues. This guide provides best practices for the most popularly used forms of electronic communication.
Bounds of Advocacy: Goals for Family Lawyers in Florida
Developed by The Family Law Section, Bounds of Advocacy is a tool to guide Florida family lawyers through the quagmire of professional and ethical dilemmas that are unique to the practice of family law. The intent is to suggest a higher level of practice than the minimum baseline of conduct required by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and the goal is to elevate professionalism in the practice of family law.
TRIAL LAWYERS SECTION GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
Guidelines for Professional Conduct by the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar were developed as part of a continuous effort increase the level of professionalism in trial practice in Florida.
WELL-BEING TOOLKIT FOR LAWYERS AND LEGAL EMPLOYERS
This Well-Being Toolkit, created by Anne M. Brafford for use by the American Bar Association, offers reasons for prioritizing lawyer well-being as well as information, strategies, and resources for implementing a plan for positive change.
Engle Grant Presentations
The Center for Professionalism received a $400,000 grant in February of 2019 to develop and maintain long-term professionalism and ethics programming for Florida law schools and young Florida Lawyers. These presentations were part of that effort.
How to Become the Lawyer You’re Supposed to Be
The Center organized and presented two Continuing Legal Education panel discussions (one at Florida State University College of Law and the other at the Florida Coastal School of Law) focused on professionalism and ethics. Topics included:
- What it means to be client-focused;
- How to help clients solve problems;
- How to improve your interpersonal communications skills;
- Health and wellness strategies;
- The importance of mentoring; and
- What Florida Bar resources are available to new attorneys.
American College of Trial Lawyers Videos
The American College of Trial Lawyers Civility Initiative Project (February 2020) featuring Eugene K. Pettis, past president of The Florida Bar.