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.
Dora Kaufman: Do unto others...
Jason Berger on the art of concession.
Steve Lesser: Look beyond the money
Judge Ross Goodman: Surprised? Stop. Think.
Ita Neymotin on professionalism with our adversaries
Jeff Hazen on The Florida Bar Ethics Hotline service
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So, You Want to Become a Lawyer?
This Law School Handbook is intended to help high school and undergraduate students who are interested in going to law school or are considering law as a career. It covers what to expect on your educational path in pursuit of a law degree, as well as the career opportunities that may be open to you once you obtain your law degree.
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
Best Practices for Remote Proceedings
This guide was produced by the Florida Bar Board Technology Committee.
Other Remote Proceedings Best Practices
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
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.
See Resources for Students for more videos.
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.