FAWL Launches ‘Board Certification Boot Camp’ for Women Lawyers

Becoming a Florida Bar board certified attorney is certainly no easy feat. According to the Florida Bar, board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice, which suggests that there’s additional pressure imposed on lawyers who aspire to become board-certified.   Florida Bar President Gregory Coleman explains that “Board certification is one of the highest recognitions a lawyer in Florida can receive,” of the prestigious nature of the board certified status. He continues, “The very difficult testing and extensive background peer review to confirm professional conduct is such a high standard that just seven percent of our eligible membership has achieved this level of recognition.” With so many facets of the board certification process weighing on attorneys’ knowledge of the law as well as their history of professional ethics, it’s important that Florida-based attorneys have access to resources to guide them. One such resource can be found via the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), whose Palm Beach County Chapter recently announced the launch of a new program called “Board Certification Boot Camp.” This “Boot Camp” was designed to educate women lawyers on the benefits and criteria for becoming Florida Bar board certified.   According to the Town-Crier Online, after conducting research on gender statistics with the Florida Bar, FAWL chapter leaders learned that the gender gap for board certification in the state of Florida is 80 percent men and only 20 percent women. The discovery of this significant gender disparity is what led to the FAWL’s creation of the “Board Certification Boot Camp,” which will consist of a series of educational programs designed to provide more information about how to become board certified, as well as to assist qualified female lawyers in their application process.   “Our chapter is committed to developing innovative programs for our members, and the Boot Camp program is the latest example of these efforts,” FAWL President Lindsay Demmery remarked. Since its founding in 1951, FAWL has been committed to advancing women in law by providing more opportunities and advocacy initiatives to help them achieve successful careers in the legal profession. The newly developed “Board Certification Boot Camp” certainly aligns with the ethos of the organization, and will hopefully contribute to more women lawyers becoming board certified in the state of Florida and beyond.     For further reading on board certification and women in law, here are some key resources:   Florida Bar Board Certification – What does it mean?   Florida Association for Women Lawyers Official Site   Big Data reveals big gender inequality in Big Law – Article Related posts: Top Resources from the Florida Bar The Depiction Of Lawyers in Media Becoming Resilient is Key For Young...

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Top Resources from the Florida Bar

The Florida Bar is a guardian for the integrity of the legal profession; its duties include regulating, disciplining, and educating attorneys in Florida, where it serves as a specialized organization for the state’s legal professionals. The Florida Bar is the third largest bar association in the United States, and offers an abundance of resources for lawyers and paralegals, as well as the public. Members of the Florida Bar have access to articles, ethics opinions, mentorship programs, and more to encourage continual education within the legal field. Read on for some of the most vital resources offered by the Florida Bar:   The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute The Practice Resource Institute (PRI) was created to assist members dealing with all of the business and technical aspects of establishing, managing, merging or closing a professional practice. The PRI essentially offers resources to assist lawyers with all aspects of opening and maintaining a legal practice, from office technology management to effectively marketing one’s firm through social media, and everything in between.   Lawyers Advising Lawyers Lawyers Advising Lawyers is a part of the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar, and serves as a mentorship resource to new lawyers looking to consult with other attorneys. This service allows inexperienced lawyers to talk with an experienced attorney to learn more about a new area of law or simply what it takes to excel in the legal profession.   The Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy According to the Florida Bar, the Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within the legal profession. This resource enhances the leadership skills of all lawyers who partake in the intensive program, no matter what area of law they practice. Learn more about how to apply to this esteemed program here.   Ethics Opinions The Florida Bar’s Ethics department works hard to help its members negotiate the complicated legal system, explains the organization. The Ethics Opinions section is a portion of the Florida Bar website that is dedicated to maintaining integrity among lawyers by granting them access to articles, Ethics Counsel announcements, and insights from legal professionals that pertain to ethics in the legal field. This resource is one of the things that makes the Florida Bar one of the most esteemed legal organizations in the country.   For more resources from the Florida Bar, visit the organization’s member services page. Related posts: FAWL Launches ‘Board Certification Boot Camp’ for Women Lawyers Foreclosure Jurisprudence in Florida with Kendall Coffey Supreme Court Hears Brief About Florida’s Death Penalty 5 Legal Podcasts Worth Tuning In...

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