The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates is proud to present Civility Matters, an effort to promote the first specific purpose in ABOTA’s constitution:
“To elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.”
ABOTA created Civility Matters with the hope that the program would be presented at ABOTA educational activities, other bar and professional programs, and, especially, in every law school in the country. The programs feature first-hand lessons and experience from ABOTA members and are intended to instill values and standards that promote high regard for the legal profession.
Articles & Documents
Civility: Setting the Tone for Respect! By William B. Smith
Judges' Top 10 Pet Peeves Prepared by Caroline C. Emery
Why Civility Matters - It is the Essence of Professionalism By the Hon. Douglas S. Lang
Civility in the Legal Profession -- Our Common Goal By Justice Donald W. Lemons
Enforcing Civility in an Uncivilized World By Donald J. Winder and Jerald V. Hale
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About Civility Matters Chapman University program On Rudeness & Bullying
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Attorney Oaths by State
Across the country, states have incorporated civility language into their attorney oaths to promote higher levels of professionalism and ethics. ABOTA seeks to have civility language added to the attorney oath in each state. For information on getting language added in your state, contact the ABOTA Foundation at 800-779-5879.
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