The Winning Edge mentor event was hosted on Nov. 11, 2015 by Florida Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, the Standing Committee on Professionalism, the Young Lawyers Division, and the Young Lawyers Division Law Student Division. The panel discussion revolved around professionalism and how to build a positive reputation in the law community.
The panel consisted of the Hon. LaRose from the Second District Court of Appeals, Attorney Caroline Johnson Levine with the Florida Office of the Attorney General, Attorney Michael Colgan with the firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, and Attorney Henry Paul with the firm Henry Lee Paul, P.A.
The mentors brought a unique approach to professionalism from a diverse background of experiences. The distinguished panel discussed the importance of a first impression, and how a lawyer should continually be mindful of both their attire and demeanor. The impression you make is a responsibility to be taken seriously.
The panel also discussed the concepts of reliability and accountability. All concluded that a lawyer must always take ownership of mistakes and to learn from those mistakes. Effective communication with clients, co-counsel and the public are skills that can effect a young attorney’s reputation for many years to come.
The panel was gracious enough to answer numerous questions from the students in attendance regarding advice on mentors, achieving goals and ethical dilemmas. The WMU-Cooley Young Lawyers Division, as well as the student body in attendance, were grateful to have seasoned professionals and mentors available to impart valuable knowledge and to answer questions from law students.