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Center for Professionalism releases updated Professionalism Handbook

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Professionalism Handbook“Professionalism is the pursuit and practice of the highest ideals and tenets of the legal profession. It embraces far more than simply complying with the minimal standards of professional conduct. The essential ingredients of professionalism are character, competence, civility, and commitment,” according to The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism.

Toward that end, the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism just released the latest edition of its Professionalism Handbook, that may be downloaded for free from the center’s website at www.floridabar.org/prof/presources/presources001/.

“The handbooks are traditionally used by law students in professional responsibility courses, but practicing lawyers and judges request and use them as well,” said Rebecca Bandy, director of the Center for Professionalism.

The 171-page handbook, which is updated every two years, includes a collection of professionalism resources that highlight the importance of civility and professionalism in the legal profession. It includes selected chapters of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar along with Professionalism Expectations, and the Guidelines for Professional Conduct. The handbook also includes the Creed of Professionalism, the Oath of Admission to The Florida Bar, and In re: Code for Resolving Professionalism Complaints (SC13-688).

“These resources embody and reflect the substance of the professional identity, personality, character, and fitness to practice law, which each member of the Bar should exemplify,” said Adriannette Williams, assistant director of the Center for Professionalism.