October 03, 2016

Civility Pledge

Civility Pledge

Employers of Attorneys, Clients, Judges

Civility Pledge: Employers of Attorneys

As an employer (e.g., law firm, law enforcement agency,regulatory body, governmental agency) of attorneys, we herebydeclare that every lawyer who is employed by or associated withus is expected to abide by the Guidelines for Conduct of theSection of Litigation of the American Bar Association. Werecognize that overly aggressive litigation tactics andincivility among lawyers bring disrespect to the legal system andthe 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 ouremployees recognize the foregoing Guidelines and do not putlawyers or others employed by us in a position that wouldcompromise 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 herebydeclare that every lawyer who is employed by or associated withus is expected to abide by the Guidelines for Conduct of theSection of Litigation of the American Bar Association. Werecognize that overly aggressive litigation tactics andincivility among lawyers bring disrespect to the legal system andthe 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 theGuidelines for Conduct of the Section of Litigation of theAmerican Bar Association. I recognize that overly aggressivelitigation tactics and incivility among lawyers (including amongjudges and between judges and lawyers) bring disrespect to thelegal system and the role of the lawyer, increase the cost ofresolving disputes, and do not advance legitimate interests.