Kitchen to lead Second Circuit’s new Professionalism Committee

first_img Kitchen to lead Second Circuit’s new Professionalism Committee Chief Judge Charles A. Francis has reappointed the Second Judicial Circuit Committee on Professionalism. The committee ­— a Florida Supreme Court mandate for each judicial circuit — is headed by Chair E.C. Deeno Kitchen, and seeks to assess the status and conditions of professionalism within the Second Circuit.To promote professionalism and ethics with the establishment of such a committee, members agree, accomplishes several goals.“It heightens everyone’s awareness; it helps to raise the bar for professional behavior; and it provides a mechanism for identifying problems early,” said Mike Glazer, a member of the committee, who also represents the Second Circuit on the Bar’s Board of Governors.Glazer said one of the primary goals of the committee is to be able to recognize situations where an attorney’s conduct is not up to the level the Bar expects, and encourage change before things get out of control.Without an immediate idea of all of the issues to be addressed, Kitchen said the committee plans to survey the lawyers in the circuit to assess their concerns.“Essentially, we want to know, what can be better and what can we do to make it better?,” Kitchen said.Working with the circuit’s previously appointed Bench/Bar Liaison Circuit Committee, Kitchen hopes the two panels will be able to coordinate efforts to better identify issues to be addressed.Glazer said that with the number of government and private sector attorneys in the circuit, the committee should be meaningful to all lawyers.The three principles that encompass what the committee aims for are “professionalism, ethics, and civility,” said Kitchen, who takes pride in the committee’s efforts to make a difference.“That’s what we’re all about — helping in any way we can.” Kitchen to lead Second Circuit’s new Professionalism Committeecenter_img November 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img

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