What separates lawyers from most other professions — and what will distinguish us and ensure our continuing success in an uncertain future — is professionalism. Professionalism covers the wide range of attributes that make a lawyer a lawyer. The Florida Bar offers members six pages of “expectations” for professionalism, as well as a “Creed of Professionalism.” County and state bar associations, as well as the ABA, have written codes of professionalism. Perhaps The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism says it best: “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, commitment, and civility.”
Ramón A. Abadin, Ensuring Our Success in an Uncertain Future, Fla. B. J., Sept.-Oct. 2015.