Civility mattersBy Jayne ReardonBench and Bar, November 2017Our democracy is complex and challenged regularly by controversies, complications. We should not allow the natural tendency to grab a headline or obtain a click, a retweet or retort, to undermine the need for thoughtful and respectful problem-solving.
Chair’s column: Be kind, rewindBy Tamika WalkerFamily Law, October 2017Family law is emotional. It is draining. And it is hard work. Regardless of the challenges of family law, we have a responsibility to be civil to one another.
No Pudd’nheadBy Hon. Michael B. HymanBench and Bar, July 2017The author imagines conversing with Mark Twain using his own words.
Are young lawyers less civilized?By Marie K. SarantakisYoung Lawyers Division, April 2016Numerous jurisdictions are recognizing and lamenting the deterioration of civility in the legal profession. However, incivility is not a new problem nor is it unique to professionals under the age of 35. This article addresses some of the reasons a young lawyer might be perceived as being less than civil.
Chair columnBy Matthew A. KirshFamily Law, September 2015A message from Section Chair Matt Kirsh.
Don’t!By Hon. Michael B. HymanGovernment Lawyers, October 2012Author and Judge Michael Hyman provides his list of DOs and DONTs that apply equally to proceedings in court and everyday life at the office.
Don’t!By Hon. Michael B. HymanBench and Bar, September 2012Author and Judge Michael Hyman provides his list of DOs and DONTs that apply equally to proceedings in court and everyday life at the office.
The best compliment I ever receivedBy Heather PfefferYoung Lawyers Division, August 2012The author reminds that being a good litigator and being a nice person are not mutually exclusive.
Can’t we all play nice?By Tiffany AlexanderFamily Law, April 2012Just like a college basketball team can play a clean game without fouling, it is possible to adequately represent a client without resorting to unprofessional tactics against your opponent.
Is nice a four-letter word?By Annemarie E. KillWomen and the Law, May 2010Does being considered a nice person mean you can't also be a successful, effective attorney?
Win with civilityBy Sandra BlakeBench and Bar, October 2009In 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Commission on Professionalism, making Illinois one of only 14 states that have a formal body working to promote professionalism and civility.
Win with civilityBy Sandra BlakeWomen and the Law, September 2009In 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Commission on Professionalism, making Illinois one of only 14 states that have a formal body working to promote professionalism and civility.
Civility and religious sensitivityBy Andrea M. SchleiferBench and Bar, April 2009Almost 75 years ago, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers was created to among other things, confront anti-Semitism and discrimination encountered by Jewish attorneys in the Courts. Unfortunately, at that time, many judges would knowingly schedule trials on Jewish holidays without compunction. That rarely happens today, when most judges respect the religious requirements of litigants and lawyers.
Whose side are you on?By Jamie L. BasYoung Lawyers Division, December 2008Like everyone, I had an image of what I thought my life would be like when I became a lawyer.
Sage adviceBy Judge William J. BauerBench and Bar, April 2006The pressures of large caseloads, the duties of running the courtroom day-to-day and all the other juggling of priorities that goes into the judicial business sometimes causes us to lose patience, to be less than kind.
Civil orders for uncivil behaviorBy Barbara CrowderBench and Bar, March 2004The Civil No Contact Order Act went into effect on January 1, 2004, and allows for entries of protective orders on behalf of any petitioner who is the victim of a non-consensual sexual conduct or penetration.
Blueprint for civilityBy Hugh W. Brenneman, Jr.Bench and Bar, January 2004John was a brand new lawyer. His client was pursuing a worker's disability claim. A prominent trial attorney, Joel Boyden, was defending the employer.
Civility in daily life: Give ‘em the fingerBy Michael W. RaridonRacial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, December 2003I was driving back to my office, loudly grooving on my Three Dog Night's Greatest Hits CD, when this guy in a pickup truck gave me the finger.
One-way streets: Making a case for civilityBy Alan G. GreerYoung Lawyers Division, April 2003These days it seems we are in danger of losing our civility as lawyers because far too many of us practice negative gamesmanship rather than positive professionalism.