In September of 2011, the Florida Supreme Court added the following language to the Oath of Attorney.

"To opposing parties and their counsel, I pledge fairness, integrity, and civility, not only in court, but also in all written and oral communications."

I, along with other concerned lawyers, Circuit Court Judges and ABOTA members throughout the State of Florida led the effort and worked with the Supreme Court to have this new statement of obligation added to the oath.

The ideal and obligation of "professionalism and civility" is now becoming a focus of bar associations, trial lawyer organizations, as well as the judiciary with regard to current legal educational programs. I recently received an invitation to participate in a Professionalism and Civility Conference being sponsored by the 19th Circuit Judicial Liaison Committee serving Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties. The conference is scheduled for April 12, 2013. In the meantime, I will continue to update our clients and the legal community on issues relating to lawyer professionalism and civility.

To read more, visit The Florida Bar News.

Robert A. Cole is a mediation panelist at the firm of Upchurch, Watson, White and Max. For more information visit Robert A. Cole's biography.

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