The Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, 2nd District, is pleased to announce that The Florida Bar President, Honorable Dori Foster-Morales, has appointed Regional Counsel Ita M. Neymotin as Chair of the Committee on Professionalism. Neymotin oversees 14 counties within the Second District Court of Appeal and manages 140 attorneys and staff. In addition to being Regional Counsel, she will begin her new voluntary appointed position beginning July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
The Florida Bar is the organization of all lawyers licensed by the Supreme Court of Florida to practice law in the state. The Florida Bar’s core functions are to regulate the practice of law in Florida, ensure the highest standards of legal professionalism, protect the public by prosecuting unethical attorneys and prevent the unlicensed practice of law. Currently, there are more than 107,000 attorneys licensed in the state of Florida.
Neymotin was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2011 and confirmed by the full Florida Senate. She is the youngest (38) and the first appointed female to hold a position as Regional Counsel in the state of Florida. Neymotin was also appointed by the chief judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit to chair the Professionalism Panel for the past five years. In addition, Neymotin has worked tirelessly as a member of the Standing Committee of Professionalism by helping to educate attorneys on the “Ideas and Goals of Professionalism.” In her role as Chair of The Florida Bar Committee on Professionalism, Neymotin will champion other licensed attorneys in the state of Florida to advance professionalism and civility in the practice of law. The function of the committee is to assist the Henry T. Latimer Center for Professionalism in implementing programs, events, and activities to promote professionalism throughout the state.
Neymotin is excited to be working with Rebecca Bandy, the Director for the Henry T. Latimer Center for Professionalism, and the other members of this committee. She is honored that Foster-Morales has the utmost confidence in her leadership skills and abilities to handle this incredible appointment.
“I believe that professionalism and civility together are the true heart of the legal profession because without those crucial values, the legal profession’s integrity suffers,” Neymotin said. She added, “This appointment gives me the opportunity to help ensure that professionalism is growing towards the highest ideals and standards outlined by The Supreme Court of Florida and I can work with my colleagues to ensure that civility and professionalism are raised to the highest standards of “excellence.””