When it convenes December 3 on Amelia Island, the Board of Governors is expected to weigh a host of issues, from a special committee’s highly anticipated recommendations for improving professionalism, to a proposed rule change that would require Bar members to indicate their retired status.

In June, President Michael Tanner formed the Special Committee for the Review of Professionalism in Florida and directed it to “study and recommend ways to improve the definition, teaching, and enforcement of professionalism standards.”

The Florida Bar received some 8,000 complaints about lawyers in 2019, but only a small fraction, 325, resulted in a disciplinary action, suggesting that the overwhelming majority of the Bar’s 110,000 members live up to the high standards the profession demands.