May 15, 2017

Be Civil and Courteous to Other Lawyers

Marian Lee

It should go without saying: Be civil and courteous to other lawyers, including opposing counsel. Most young lawyers intuitively know this, and they enter the profession with the best intentions. Then something happens, usually some combination of witnessing unprofessional behavior by their senior colleagues and getting frustrated with uncooperative opposing counsel over a particular communication or series of interactions. The young lawyer may be tempted to emulate more experienced lawyers, who should know better but still act unprofessionally.

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