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Civility and Professionalism in the Courtroom

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Produced on May 25, 2018

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Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Civility and professionalism are seemingly under attack in our society today. The line between reasonable, respectful behavior and inappropriate, offensive conduct has been blurred. However, there are specific rules for attorneys regarding civility and proper conduct in the courtroom. Failure to follow these rules can damage an attorney’s reputation, diminish the public’s perception about the legal system, and result in adverse consequences.  

This course, presented by Steven R. Dyki, explores the concepts of civility and professionalism for attorneys and judges, including federal and state rules. Using New York as an example, Dyki will provide examples of civilized (and uncivilized) behavior, and potential consequences of that behavior. This course will benefit all practitioners regardless of where they practice.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Define civility, and understand a lawyer’s civility obligations in the courtroom and beyond
  2. Explore the ethical rules that mandate civilized and professional behavior in both local and federal courts
  3. Walk through examples of unprofessional behavior, with a close look at cases that have litigated the issue
  4. Discuss the consequences of uncivilized behavior, and the various harms that it causes

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit

Faculty

Steven Dyki

Hannum Feretic Prendergast & Merlino

Steven Dyki is a 1999 graduate of DePaul University College of Law having obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University. Mr. Dyki focuses his practice on liability and insurance defense with an emphasis on accidents involving alleged violations of Labor Law sections 200, 240(1) and 241(6), traumatic brain injury, amputation and other catastrophic personal injury and property damage claims. He also provides insurance coverage opinions on a wide variety of claims. Prior to his current position, he was a partner at Russo & Toner, LLP and handled trials and appeals throughout New York, including New York City, Buffalo and Rochester. Mr. Dyki has given several lectures on topics including how to prepare the defense of a construction accident case, the discovery and admission of internet evidence in personal injury litigation, and risk transfer including contractual indemnification. Mr. Dyki has authored articles on construction accidents and the admission of criminal convictions in civil cases. He is a member of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, Defense Association of New York, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, DRI – the Voice of the Defense Bar, the New York Women’s Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is a member of the board of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York.



Reviews

KG
Kenneth G.

A truly engaging, informative program

DF
Daniel B. F.

Really funny and solid morals.

AP
Andrew P.

A very timely course All attorneys should review this

JW
Joel W.

excellent

DD
David D.

Presentation was clear and coherent. He kept it interesting.

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Debra S.

Articulate and interesting lecturer.

PS
Peter S.

This was very good.

MW
Martin W.

Well done.

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DANIEL D.

A very good instructor! Thanks.

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Thomas S.

Particularly now, it's never a bad idea to reemphasize the importance and benefits of civility.

JM
JC M.

Very well done

DK
Dean K.

Excellent presentation will real-life examples and personal experiences to illustrate points of law.

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Leslie O.

This presentation is thoughtful & inspiring. Mr. Dyki's tone is calm and respectful modeling his subject matter. The examples, quotes and rules emphasized are timely and hopefully thought provoking to all who practice law. Bringing back dignity, civility and respect to the legal profession is a noble goal or in the least moving the reputation of lawyers and the practice of law into a positive light would be great. Highly recommend this course.

KB
Kimberly B.

I enjoyed this presentation. I appreciate the examples given. Good speaking voice.

PA
Philip A.

Excellent, all-round presentation. Easy to listen to and relate to the examples given.

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Susan K.

Good reminder, solid presentation

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SHAWN C.

It was informative.

DG
Danielle G.

Mr. Dyki is a great role model for our profession!

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Ed D.

it was a very good course

SJ
Skye J.

Great course

JA
Jonathan A.

Great presentation!

RH
Richard H.

Well done! A good reminder for all who practice law that it is nice to be important but that it is more to important to be nice.

BG
Baruch G.

Really well-researched and interesting class

BB
Burl R B.

Very knowledgeable. Good examples to explain his point.

MB
Mark B.

i liked this course.

WS
William S.

Excellent presentation. Terrific examples. Appreciated the genuine expression of commitment to seeing civility rule the bench and bar.

DP
David P.

The demeanor of this presenter was excellent. His sincerity helped make the points he was expressing more effectively.

JK
James K.

A very effective and enlightening presentation

AM
Anthony M.

Very good presentation.

GM
Gerard M.

Good speaker.

GL
Gary L.

Excellent material on protecting lawyers with lessons about the ramifications of uncivil behavior and timely in its understanding of how social media can magnify a lawyer’s incivility.

DB
Duane B.

Excellent presentation with great materials and personal insights! Thank you for your important message.

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ALEXANDER Y.

Very good overall presentation.

JB
John B.

Very thoughtful presentation. Enjoyed it.

RN
Ronald N.

very informative.

GO
Grant O.

Effective presenter

AK
Andrew K.

I thought the instructor was very good and used actual situations to back up his points.

CH
CJ H.

Extremely good speaker.

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