The Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism and the Standing Committee on Professionalism honored their annual Professionalism Awards winners June 23, 2022, at the annual Judicial Luncheon held in conjunction with The Florida Bar Annual Convention.
William M. Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award
Judge Lauren L. Brodie, 20th Judicial Circuit
The Hoeveler Award recognizes an active judge who best exemplifies strength of character, service, and competence as a jurist, lawyer, and public servant.
Since 1991, Brodie has been a committed member of the judiciary. She was a Miami-Dade County judge from 1991-1995 and an 11th Circuit judge from 1995-1998 before retiring and relocating to Naples, serving as a senior judge from 1999-2001 until her appointment to the bench in 2001 by Gov. Jeb Bush.
She received the Chief Justice’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award in 2007 for her efforts in the juvenile justice area. In 2015, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) selected her as one of six Extraordinary Women Leaders in the State of Florida for her vision, courage, and passion in helping create ‘Drug Free Collier,’ a non-profit organization that aims at uniting the community to protect the children of Collier County from substance abuse.
She has also been a leader in the establishment of the newly formed “Attorney Wellness Initiative,” which features confidential, convenient, and cost-free access to professional psychological services as well as a peer-to-peer network for all Collier County attorneys.
Judge Brodie is committed to the ideals of professionalism in her courtroom and models best practices of civility, competence, and strength of character to anyone who steps in it.
Law Faculty/Administrator Award
Rosario Lozada, FIU Law Professor
The award recognizes a faculty member or administrator of one of Florida’s accredited law schools who, through teaching, scholarship, and service to the profession, best supports or exemplifies the mission of the Standing Committee on Professionalism.
Lozada joined FIU Law in 2012 and became the director of Well-Being in Law, a program she co-developed alongside Associate Dean of Students Angelique Ortega, in 2021. Lozada promotes a model of legal education that examines the conditions that allow students to succeed academically, personally, and professionally. Well-Being at FIU was the recipient of the 2021 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award administered by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, which recognizes exemplary and innovative programs that help maintain the highest principles of integrity and dedication to the legal profession and the public.
In recognition of her commitment to the ideals of professionalism, Professor Lozada was recently awarded FIU’s distinguished Torch Award, which recognizes an individual who exemplifies FIU’s institutional values of truth, freedom, respect, responsibility, and excellence by exhibiting the highest standards of character and ethical behavior.
Group Professionalism Award
The Florida Bar Solo and Small Firm Section
This award honors one program instituted and coordinated by a bar association, judicial organization, Inn of Court, or law school organization aimed at enhancing professionalism among lawyers and law students and that can be implemented by other organizations to promote and encourage professionalism within the legal community.
Every year the Solo and Small Firm Section provides a CLE conference to assist and provide resources to those that are in solo practice and small firms. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, professionalism, ethics, technology, wellness, setting client expectations, and law office management.
This year’s conference was titled “Pivoting Your Law Practice: The Resilience and Grit You Need to Survive.” The curriculum was aimed at providing tips, tools, and resources to aid those that are solo and in small firms with the things they need to run a successful business, gain more clients, and have a more fulfilling career.
Even during the pandemic and having to pivot from an in-person training, this conference was still a success,” the committee said. “The section worked diligently to move the networking opportunities to social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter and encouraged participants to connect with speakers and sponsors through these virtual outlets. Despite all the hurdles, the Solo and Small Firm Section still saw an increase in section membership, partnerships, and sponsors after this conference.