May 01, 2018

Putting Some Teeth into Professionalism Principles: One Bar Association’s Odyssey

By Marvin L. Karp

Commencing in the 1970s, lawyers engaged in litigation began to experience a troubling new phenomenon: More and more of their adversaries were employing a “hardball” approach to their practice. For those lawyers, deliberate rudeness had become their operating norm; requests for reasonable accommodations in scheduling were rejected out of hand or acceded to only grudgingly; opposing parties and witnesses were verbally abused; and ad hominem attacks on the character, competence, and integrity of opposing counsel were now regular attributes of their briefs and motions.

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