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 or email us. 

 

The following states have incorporated civility language in their attorney oaths:

South Carolina: “To opposing parties and their counsel, I pledge fairness, integrity, and civility, not only in court, but also in all written and oral communications”
Oath modified October 22, 2003
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Utah: “I will discharge the duties of attorney and counselor at law as an officer of the courts of this State with honesty, fidelity, professionalism, and civility; and that I will faithfully observe the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Standards of Professionalism and Civility”
Oath Modified August 14, 2007
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New Mexico: “I will maintain civility at all times”
Oath modified March 30, 2010
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Florida: “To opposing parties and their counsel, I pledge fairness, integrity, and civility, not only in court, but also in all written and oral communications.”
Oath modified September 12, 2011
Source: Florida Bar

 

Arkansas:  Civility Oath
Oath modified Spring 2012

 

Michigan: "I will in all other respects conduct myself personally and professionally in conformity with the high standards of conduct imposed upon members of the bar as conditions for the privilege to practice law in this State."
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