|Local Professionalism Panel|
Established by Administrative Order 2014-08.2, signed by Chief Judge Andrew Owens, Jr. on April 10, 2014, the Local Professionalism Panel Committee was created as a circuit-wide committee comprised of judicial officers and attorneys from the counties in the Twelfth Circuit. The purpose of the LPP is to receive and resolve complaints of unprofessional behavior on an informal basis. The Administrative Order permits any person to initiate a complaint alleging unprofessional conduct against an attorney. Unprofessional conduct includes “substantial or repeated violations” of, among other things, The Florid Bar Creed of Professionalism, Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, and the Twelfth Circuit’s Standards of Professionalism.
A complaint form may be filled out and submitted electronically. Upon submission of a complaint, the LPP chair will review and determine whether it is appropriate for referral to a three-member panel. If referred, the panel may then meet with the subject attorney, discuss the alleged offensive conduct, and determine whether the attorney would benefit from some form of mentoring or other practice and professionalism enhancement program. In instances of egregious conduct where the matter cannot be disposed of on an informal basis, the panel may refer the matter to the Attorney Consumer Assistance and Intake Program (ACAP) of The Florida Bar. Although compliance with the LPP process is voluntary, the LPP and the Circuit must report to the Florida Supreme Court regarding the resolution of matters referred to the LPP. Individual Reporting Forms will track the resolution of each complaint filed, and the Chief Judge is also required to submit a Quarterly Reporting Form to the Florida Supreme Court.
Members of the LPP Committee