- Lawyers are required to have a college degree and a law degree. There are no legal education requirements for nonlawyers.
- Lawyers are required to pass a stringent admittance examination to determine their competency, as well as a thorough character and fitness investigation, before being admitted to practice law. There are no such requirements for nonlawyers.
- Lawyers are required to maintain current legal education and take ethics courses periodically. There is no continuing education requirement for nonlawyers.
- Lawyers are subject to comprehensive and tough ethical rules. There are no written ethical standards for nonlawyers.
- Lawyers who are accused of misbehavior are investigated by The Florida Bar, and such an investigation can lead to the loss of a license to practice law. Nonlawyers are not professionally accountable to any authority, although they can be investigated and prosecuted for engaging in the unlicensed practice of law.
- Lawyers are required to maintain client confidences. Nonlawyers have no such requirement and could tell your secrets to anyone, even the other side.
- Lawyers as a profession maintain a Clients’ Security Fund, which is intended to reimburse clients for some of their losses if a lawyer misappropriates trust funds. There is no such program for nonlawyers. A nonlawyer who steals from you or does not provide the services that were promised cannot be forced to give you your money back.
This year, the annual Firm Outing was held at Kennedy Space Center. It was a day of laughter and team bonding as we investigated the