May 06, 2021

Civility Pledge

Civility Pledge: Employers of Attorneys

As an employer (e.g., law firm, law enforcement agency, regulatory body, governmental agency) of attorneys, we hereby declare that every lawyer who is employed by or associated with us is expected to abide by the Guidelines for Conduct of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. We recognize that overly aggressive litigation tactics and incivility among lawyers bring disrespect to the legal system and the role of the lawyer, increase the cost of resolving disputes, and do not advance legitimate interests.

We further pledge to use our best efforts to assure that all our employees recognize the foregoing Guidelines and do not put lawyers or others employed by us in a position that would compromise their ability to meet the Guidelines for Conduct.

As an employer (e.g., law firm, law enforcement agency, regulatory body, governmental agency) of attorneys, we hereby declare that every lawyer who is employed by or associated with us is expected to abide by the Guidelines for Conduct of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. We recognize that overly aggressive litigation tactics and incivility among lawyers bring disrespect to the legal system and the role of the lawyer, increase the cost of resolving disputes, and do not advance legitimate interests.

We further pledge to use our best efforts to assure that all our employees recognize the foregoing Guidelines and do not put lawyers or others employed by us in a position that would compromise their ability to meet the Guidelines for Conduct.

 

As a judge, I declare that I will endeavor to abide by the Guidelines for Conduct of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. I recognize that overly aggressive litigation tactics and incivility among lawyers (including among judges and between judges and lawyers) bring disrespect to the legal system and the role of the lawyer, increase the cost of resolving disputes, and do not advance legitimate interests.