Consistent with the Foundation’s mission to foster programs of law-related education, the Foundation provides an annual professionalism seminar at Stetson University College of Law each spring. The 2018 program will be held on the afternoon of Friday, February 9, 2018.
The genesis of this seminar is a result of our close legal community in St. Petersburg and the commitment to those with whom we practice and hold in high regard. In February of 2013, two of the pillars of our legal community died of cancer – Mike Keane and Marty Rice – who were both in the prime of their legal careers. As we gathered to mourn, we told inspiring Mike and Marty stories and were motivated to begin a professionalism seminar series in their honor. Thus the first of the professionalism seminar series began in February of 2014. As we were planning for our first program, we realized that seventeen members of our legal community had died within that year. Some old and some young.
As we honor our late friends each year, the goal is to provide tools to help each other improve the way we think about ourselves and the clients we serve. It is our hope that those attending will leave each program with greater insight into the many benefits of practicing with civility and professionalism.
Each year we apply a different and unique approach to this meaningful seminar.
Among the many benefits of attending are obtaining regular CLE credits and special CLE credits for legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse and mental illness which will be dependent on the scope and nature of the substance of each year’s seminar. The programs are known for lively and thought provoking topics. This is truly a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with fellow colleagues and be reminded of what is most important in our practice and in our life in general.
Usually the program has a health and wellness component. Many vendors demonstrate and display their products and services in Stetson’s Mann Lounge, which adds to the spirit of this event. One highlight last year was the Southeast guide dogs, trained to help the disabled and infirm. What better way to learn, mingle with fellow lawyers and visit with our furry friends?
Finally, the day will conclude with a delicious spread of food and drink, accompanied by lively music.