Civility and Professionalism in the Courtroom

(609 Ratings)

Produced on: May 25, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

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


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.


Ed D.

it was a very good course

Skye J.

Great course

Jonathan A.

Great presentation!

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.

Baruch G.

Really well-researched and interesting class

Burl R B.

Very knowledgeable. Good examples to explain his point.

Mark B.

i liked this course.

William S.

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

David P.

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

James K.

A very effective and enlightening presentation

Anthony M.

Very good presentation.

Gerard M.

Good speaker.

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.

Duane B.

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


Very good overall presentation.

John B.

Very thoughtful presentation. Enjoyed it.

Ronald N.

very informative.

Grant O.

Effective presenter

Andrew K.

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


Extremely good speaker.

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