--- 1.0 CLE Credit for AZ,CA,CT,FL,NH,NJ,NY,NV,PA,WA
--- ethics - professionalism/civility
--- course production date: 5/30/2019

Lawyer professionalism and ethics is a topic of great importance to judges, lawyers, and the legal profession. Understanding how professionalism implicates and affects ethics and understanding how to act professionally and ethically and handing unprofessional conduct by other lawyers is extremely important in the lawyer’s daily practice.

Key course points are:
• Ethics and professionalism are intertwined and interrelated, identify professionalism issues and conduct which implicate the ethics rules.
• Identify professionalism issues and conduct which implicate the ethics rules.
• Identify ethics issues which involve lack of professionalism.
• Assist attendees in recognizing and handling unethical/unprofessional conduct by other lawyers.

This program discusses
ABA Model Rule 6.1: Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service
ABA Model Rule 6.4: Law Reform Activities Affecting Client Interests
Amended Florida Bar Rule 6-10.3(b)
Florida Bar Rule 4-8.4: Misconduct: Maintaining the Integrity of The Profession


Joseph A. Corsmeier is an "AV" rated attorney practicing in Clearwater, Florida. He concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of defense of attorney disciplinary matters before The Florida Bar, attorney admission matters before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and professional license and disciplinary matters before the Boards of the State of Florida. He provides expert analysis and opinion on conflict of interest and other attorney disqualification and legal malpractice issues and he has testified as an expert in both the federal and Florida courts.

Mr. Corsmeier served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1986 to 1990 where he prosecuted felonies exclusively from June 1987, and as Bar Counsel for The Florida Bar's Department of Lawyer Regulation from 1990 to 1998. He also represents police officers as counsel to the Fraternal Order of Police.

Mr. Corsmeier is the author of numerous articles for many bar publications, he has spoken at numerous local and statewide seminars on various topics, including ethics and professionalism. He was an instructor of paralegal ethics at the Rollins College Tampa campus until it closed in 1996 and he is currently an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College teaching paralegal ethics. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his J.D. from Mercer University.

Mr. Corsmeier is admitted to practice in all Florida Courts, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Middle District of Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations.