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Life is Too Short for Incivility: Professionalism Ethics for Attorneys


Created on June 26, 2020





The image of the lawyer as an unscrupulous, aggressive, and unmannered professional is hardwired into our culture, but that doesn't mean we should carry it into our practice. Incivility among attorneys is a cause (and perhaps an effect) of attorney burnout and job dissatisfaction, not to mention the image of the profession held by many non-lawyers. How can we change behavior that is considered by some to be the hallmark of the "zealous attorney"? The ABA Model Rules and Utah's rules of civility are a good starting point for revisiting the way you practice law, including how to respond to unreasonable demands from opposing counsel who may not have considered their own civility obligations. 

In this program, Joseph Jardine, a criminal defense and personal injury attorney in Utah, will examine "codified common courtesy" and how it can help reshape the practice of law. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss common scenarios that lead to incivility
  2. Be zealous and courteous at the same time
  3. Respond to uncivil attorneys with professionalism and ease

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