Florida Professional Conduct

Terms in this set (9)

Legislature can establish standards, but authority to regulate practice w/in courts vested in Florida Supreme Court. Florida Bar is an integrated bar association (all attorneys must join)
- Federal regulation
- Admission to practice (educational requirement, bar exam, basic skills course, continuing legal education requirement, citizenship requirements, residency requirements, character requirements, age, authorized house counsel)

- Disciplinary process: lawyer must not:
1. violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or knowingly assist another in doing so
2. Commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on lawyer's honesty, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects
3. State or imply ability to improperly influence a gov't agency or official or to achieve results by means that violate the RPC or other law
4. Intentionally engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, or misrepresentation
5. Engage in conduct prejudicial to admin to justice
6. knowing assist judge/judicial officer in conduct that violates applicable rules of judicial conduct or other law
7. knowingly, o through callous indifference, disparage, humiliate, discriminate against any person involving the litigation process on ANY basis, including race, ethnicity, etc.
8. fail to réponse in writing to any official inquiry by a disciplinary agency investing the attorney's conduct
9. willfully refuse to timely pay child support
10. engage in sexual conduct w/ client or representative of a client that exploits or adversely affects the attorney-client relationship

- Unauthorized practice of law : CMR at 5-7