Know Lawyers Demonstrating Professional Ethics?

demonstrating professional ethicsThe media rarely shines a light on lawyers demonstrating professional ethics, either inside or outside of the courtroom. The public image of lawyers, both fictional and real, is often far more negative than the experience many of us have with our fellow members of the bar.

Lawyers are essential to the effective running of our justice system, a justice system that has been under strong attack over the past few years.

More than ever, we, as legal professionals, need to highlight lawyers practicing today who advocate for their clients while holding true to the tenets of professionalism, civility and ethical lawyering.

Since 1994, the Michael Franck Award, presented by the American Bar Association, has honored lawyers who demonstrate this heightened awareness of civility and professionalism.

Named after Michael Franck, the late director of the State Bar of Michigan, the award recognizes one lawyer every year “whose career commitments in areas such as legal ethics, disciplinary enforcement and lawyer professionalism demonstrate the best accomplishments of lawyers.”

Currently, nominations for lawyers demonstrating professional ethics are open until December 31, 2015. Once the recipient is selected, the honor will be presented on June 2, 2016 at the National Conference on Professional Responsibility in Philadelphia, PA.

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
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