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Articles on Civility

Courthouse couture: Jefferson County’s dress code By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 LawPulse, Page 498 Have business at the Jefferson County courthouse? Don't show up wearing your muscle shirt or see-through top.
Uncivil Action By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2010 Article, Page 408 Despite all the energy devoted to collegiality and professionalism, lawyers too often confront rudeness, even hostility, in opponents. Here's what to do.
Yes, “nice” can work for you By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2010 LawPulse, Page 286 An ISBA lawyer makes the case that niceness can pay professional dividends.
Civility Initiatives: The 2008 Allerton House Conference By Jeffrey A. Parness December 2008 Article, Page 636 What are the best ways to combat incivility? Tougher rules? More sanctions? Allerton House conferees considered these options and more.
Are Civility and Zealous Advocacy Compatible? By Hon. Ron Spears May 2008 Column, Page 260 Reason can change minds when rudeness won't.
Professionalism and Civility in an Adversary System By Joseph G. Bisceglia April 2008 Column, Page 172  Incivility tarnishes our image and makes practice less rewarding.
Correspondence from Our Readers November 2005 Column, Page 554 Poor lawyer image - incivility not the culprit? Mediator as peacemaker.
Increasing Your Civility Quotient By Karen Erger February 2004 Column, Page 103 Civility isn't just a nice thing; it is a hallmark of professionalism and a key component of malpractice prevention.
Correspondence from Our Readers March 2002 Column, Page 110 Civility begins and ends with judges.
Incivility: The Exception, Not the Rule By Tim Eaton January 2002 Column, Page 8 A few years ago, as we finished closing arguments in a trial, my opposing counsel came over, shook my hand, and congratulated me on a job well done. I reciprocated with the same compliment.
Correspondence from Our Readers December 2000 Column, Page 678 Civility, please.
A Civil Action By Maureen B. Collins October 2000 Column, Page 601 It may not be in your client's best interest to approach your relationship with opposing counsel as if it were war.