Civility Matters

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.

Host a Civility Matters Program

ABOTA Chapters across the country host and promote successful Civility Matters programs, which feature first-hand lessons and experiences from ABOTA members.

If you would like to plan an event in your area, please contact ABOTA Foundation at 800-779-5879 or email us. We'd be happy to address any questions or concerns you might have and to help you make your event a success.

Civility Matters Publication >> DOWNLOAD HERE


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CHAPTERS: Tell us about your Civility Matters Programs!


Civility Matters Resource Library


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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Video Library

About Civility Matters            
    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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We remain thankful to the sponsors who contributed to the creation of Civility Matters including:

American Inns of Court

American Association for Justice

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys

Defense REsearch Institute

Federal Bar Association

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

National Center for State Courts