ATTORNEY CIVILITY AND PROFESSIONALISM
Attorney Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism (Civility Toolbox)
The Attorney Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism provide best practices of civility in the practice of law and are offered to promote both the effectiveness and the enjoyment of the practice of law and economical client representation.
At the request of Shelly Sloan, then president-elect of the Board of Trustees of the State Bar, the board appointed the Attorney Civility Task Force in August 2006 to study and recommend aspirational civility guidelines for adoption by the board. In July 2007, after the task force made further revisions to incorporate suggestions made in public comment, the Board of Trustees adopted the “California Attorney Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism” as a model set of guidelines for members, voluntary bar associations and courts to use and implement in a way that is effective for the local legal community.
California Rules of Court, Rule 9.4 - Revised Attorney Oath
Rule 9.4 of the California Rules of Court, effective May 27, 2014, was adopted to supplement the attorney oath for new lawyers. Rule 9.4 states:
In addition to the language required by Business and Professions Code section 6067, the oath to be taken by every person on admission to practice law is to conclude with the following: “As an officer of the court, I will strive to conduct myself at all times with dignity, courtesy, and integrity.”
Guidelines on civility and professionalism adopted by bar associations and courts
The following are links to guidelines on civility and professionalism adopted by local bar associations and courts::
The following are links to articles on attorney civility and professionalism::
- Attorney Civility: When zealous advocacy crosses the line, California Bar Journal, May 2016, Scott Garner
- Litigation, Civility, and How Nice Guys Can Finish First, Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2016, Jason D. Russell
- Civility Among Lawyers: Nice Guys Don't Have to Finish Last, Orange County Bar Association, March 2016, Scott Garner
- Overview of the Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism, Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2015, David B. Jonelis