Presidential Perspectives: Tod Aronvitz — 2002-2003
As part of a project to document the history of The Florida Bar, the former presidents were asked to comment on the same three questions. In this new series, the News will share their answers, some of which were edited or condensed.
Tod Aronovitz — 2002-03
Q: How would you like to be remembered as a lawyer and a former Bar president?
Aronovitz: I was mentored by my father to always vigorously advocate on behalf of each client. And, to always remember that your client has retained you to zealously protect their rights. I have followed that creed for 44 years. That is how I would like to be remembered.
In 2002, The Florida Bar Board of Governors and I undertook a public awareness campaign called Dignity in Law, which was designed to promote dignity in the profession as well as emphasizing the need for a fair and impartial judiciary by applying an intensive, consistent communications effort. The effort was directed to all Florida journalists to provide current information on the real-life activities of the judges and lawyers of Florida.
Q: How do you think the legal profession has changed over the years?
Aronovitz: My career covers 1974-2018. Lawyering has become more of a business than a profession. I have observed the growth of national law firms; the emphasis on areas of specialization of practice; the wholly unreasonable billing requirements placed on attorneys, whether an entry-level associate or a law firm elder statesman; and the inability of attorneys to find the time for personal interaction among colleagues.
Q: What suggestions do you have for improving the profession or for young lawyers?
Aronovitz: Read your Oath of Admission to The Florida Bar on each anniversary of your
Bar admission and pause and consider the words that you have sworn to obey.
As your career unfolds, never forget the teachings of your parents and apply them with honor and respect each day of your legal career. Always remember that you are a person first and a lawyer second. And, don’t take yourself too seriously.