The Florida Bar Board of Governors adopted a new set of “Professionalism Expectations” on January 30, 2015. These Expectations are divided into seven categories:
1. Commitment to Equal Justice and to the Public Good;
2. Honest and Effective Communication;
3. Adherence to a Fundamental Sense of Honor, Integrity, and Fair Play
4. Fair and Efficient Administration of Justice;
5. Decorum and Courtesy;
6. Respect for the Time and Commitments of Others; and
7. Independence of Judgment.
The vast majority of the expectations are expressed as “should” or “should not” which is to signal, as stated in the Preamble, that these are recommendations of correct action rather than matters covered by the Professional Rules of Conduct. A few of the expectations are stated as “must” or “must not” to indicate that they correlate with the Rules.
For a full copy, see here:
I am not convinced that this additional layer of recommendations will add much to the professionalism of Florida Lawyers, but let’s see.