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Judge Seitz’s ‘Never Contemplated’ episode tops the Professionalism Center’s podcasts for 2021

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Judge Seitz’s ‘Never Contemplated’ episode tops the Professionalism Center’s podcasts for 2021
Judge Pat Seitz

Judge Pat Seitz

Senior U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz can add yet another distinction to an already long and distinguished resume — top-rated legal podcaster.

“Congratulations to Judge Patricia Seitz on having the most popular ‘Never Contemplated’ episode in 2021,” said Rebecca Bandy, Director of the Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, the series creator.

Judge Seitz’s Season 1, Episode 5 appearance, “You Cannot be Afraid of Doing Things for the First Time” was downloaded more than 300 times, Bandy said.

The Florida Bar’s first woman president and a noted champion of pro bono legal service, Judge Seitz’s tenure in 1993 coincided with the Bar’s implementation of its first pro bono reporting requirements.

“Never Contemplated” takes its name from an 1872 U.S. Supreme Court opinion asserting that the Constitution “never contemplated” women lawyers.

The series is a “candid discussion with female judges from across the state about gender bias, professionalism, and civility in the judicial system,” according to the Henry Latimer Center.

Authorized for professionalism CLE, the free podcasts are hosted by Florida Administrative Law Judge Hetal Desai and produced in-house by The Florida Bar’s Clay Shaw.

“We are so grateful to all who have listened and shared our series and to Judge Hetal Desai for being such an amazing host,” Bandy said.

Florida Bar Rule 6-10.3 requires that:

“Each member must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of approved continuing legal education activity every three years. At least 5 of the 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs, with at least 1 of the 5 hours in an approved professionalism program, and at least 3 of the 33 credit hours must be in approved technology programs.”