PROFESSIONALISM ETHICS AND CIVILITY
ABOTA is an organization that requires its members to be responsible for elevating the standards of integrity, honor, ethics, civility and courtesy in the legal profession. Members cultivate a spirit of camaraderie and fellowship among each other and work to encourage and advance members of ABOTA professionally. ABOTA’s Code of Professionalism and Principles of Civility, Integrity and Professionalism provide a guide of proper conduct for lawyers.
ABOTA recently produced an new program called 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 all ABOTA educational activities, other bar and professional programs, and, especially, in every law school in the country.
The two Civility Matters publications — Why Civility and Why Now? and Presentation Materials — and accompanying DVDs are available through ABOTA provide all the resources needed to host a Civility Matters session, as well as some guidelines for doing so.
ABOTA Chapters host and promote successful Civility Matters programs. The programs feature first-hand lessons learned and experiences of ABOTA members who’ve successfully implemented these programs in the past and offered their wisdom during its development. Much appreciation goes to these members.
If you are planning an event, please let ABOTA know by calling (800) 779-5879). We’d be happy to address any questions or concerns you might have and to help you make your event a success.
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
- 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
- New Mexico: “I will maintain civility at all times”
Oath modified March 30, 2010
- 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
- Arkansas: “I will, to the best of my ability, abide by the Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct and
any other standards of ethics proclaimed by the courts.”
Oath modified Spring 2012
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