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.
Jeff Hazen on The Florida Bar Ethics Hotline service
Jennifer Strouf: Productive ways to offer help
Iman Zekri on pro bono service
Victor R. Smith: Return calls in a timely manner
Brenda Ramirez: Make time for breaks
Paul Zelnick: Prepare a comprehensive engagement letter
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
Best Practices for Remote Court Proceedings: This guide was produced by the Florida Bar Board Technology Committee.
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
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.
The Attorney-Client Relationship
The Student Education and Admission to the Bar Committee of The Florida Bar is proud to present an interactive workshop on the attorney-client relationship. This workshop begins with a brief panel discussion on the attorney-client relationship in general. Students will learn how to find clients, how to sign clients, and how to maintain happy paying clients.
Professionalism vs. Ethics
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.