I do solemnly swear:
I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Florida.
I will maintain the respect due to Courts of Justice and Judicial Officers.
I will not counsel or maintain any suit or proceedings which shall appear to me to be unjust, nor any defense except such as I believe to be honestly debatable under the law of the land.
I will employ for the purpose of maintaining the causes confided to me such means only as are consistent with truth and honor, and will never seek to mislead the Judge or Jury by any artifice or false statement of fact or law.
I will maintain the confidence and preserve inviolate the secrets of my clients, and will accept no compensation in connection with their business except from from them or with their knowledge and approval.
To opposing parties and their counsel, I pledge fairness, integrity, and civility, not only in court, but also in all written and oral communications.
I will abstain from all offensive personality and advance no fact prejudicial to the honor or reputation of a party or witness, unless required by the justice of the cause with which I am charged.
I will never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed, or delay anyone's cause for lucre or malice. So help me God.Reading through it again gives me chills . . . the good kind. It's a weighty task with which lawyers are charged. And yes, there are definitely those of the profession who serve less than satisfactorily. But this oath embodies the ideal to which we should strive. And the conduct which it prescribes has a broader application - to all aspects of our lives and all interactions. We should act with truth and honor. We should keep the secrets entrusted to us (with exceptions). We should act fairly and civilly with integrity and strength of conviction. We should be kind and refrain from offensive personality. And we should champion the defenseless and oppressed! So help me God!
Just ponder the words and think for a moment about how they could apply in your life.