The Florida Bar may need to hold lawyers to a “higher standard” when it comes to misconduct, according to a much-anticipated report by the Hawkins Comission on Review of the Discipline System.
The commission was formed in the wake of two major scandals that rocked the legal profession in Florida – the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme and the robo-signing controversy over forged foreclosure docuements.
The report recognizes that the Florida Supreme Court is moving toward “stronger sanctions” for attorneys who commit wrongdoing on the job.
Although light on detail, the report recommends that the Florida Bar acknowledge the court’s strong sanctions: “The Court and The Florida Bar have a duty to protect the public from harm by lawyers and it may be that holding lawyers to a higher standard may increase the reputation of all lawyers in the eyes of the public.”
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Florida Bar Report Proposes New Attorney Discipline Standards