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Regulating Professionalism

The Florida Bar has many tools with which to promote and regulate professionalism.

  • Continuing Legal Education Requirement: The general goal of the professionalism CLE requirement is to create an interactive forum in which lawyers, judges, and law students can explore and reflect upon the meaning and application of professionalism in the daily practice of law.
  • Creed of Professionalism: Intended to reflect core concepts of professionalism.
  • Guidelines for Professional Conduct: Developed by the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, these guidelines give direction to both lawyers and judges concerning how lawyers should conduct themselves in all phases of trial practice.
  • Local Professionalism Panels: Established by the Florida Supreme Court to counter unprofessional behavior, whether or not it rises to the level of an ethical break.
  • Oath of Admission to The Florida Bar: The general principles which should ever control the lawyer in the practice of the legal profession are clearly set forth in the oath, which the lawyer is sworn on admission to obey.
  • Professionalism Expectations: Developed by the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism, these expectations originate both from the ethical duties established by the Florida Supreme Court in the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and the long-standing customs of fair, civil, and honorable legal practice in Florida.
  • Professionalism Handbook: 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.
  • Rules of Professional Conduct: Chapter 4 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar.