With Holland & Knight LLP as its founding sponsor in 2008, Coastal Law launched an innovative program designed to impart the principles of ethics and professionalism from the perspective of practicing attorneys and judges. The Coastal Law Shadow Program provides students with opportunities to observe state and federal judges, private practice attorneys, public interest lawyers, and governmental law departments at trial and pretrial proceedings, mediations, settlements and other practice related activities. Consistent with Coastal Law’s encouragement of its students to gain practical experience and ethical awareness, the program bridges classroom instruction with exposure to daily practice activities and the tenets of professionalism.
The E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards recognize projects contributing to the understanding of professionalism among lawyers. Presented annually by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, the award was established in 1991 and is named for E. Smythe Gambrell, ABA and American Bar Foundation president from 1955 to 1956. Law schools, bar associations, law firms and other law-related organizations are eligible for the awards.
In 2010, The ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism selected the Shadow Program as one of only two recipients of the award.