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Civility is the Core of Your Successful Career


Not only do lawyers serve as representatives of their clients, they serve as officers of the legal system and public citizens having special responsibility to the quality of justice. But how can lawyers go about being professionals while remaining civil with the person on the other side of the table?

Learn what civility means and the consequences of bad behavior in this free webinar, “Civility is the Core of Your Successful Career.” The featured speaker in the webinar is Jayne Reardon of the Illinois State Commission on Professionalism in Chicago. The webinar is moderated by Erik J. Badia, a 2L at Georgia State University College of Law in Alpharetta, Ga.

“Civility and respect are all kind of the cornerstones of being a professional, being a lawyer,” Reardon said. “And as practicing lawyers, you’re going to learn that professionalism has a lot of different aspects. And it’s not necessarily definable in 10 words or less. It depends on the circumstances. It also has changed over time.”

The webinar covers:

  • Civility as a condition of getting and keeping your license
  • The difference between zealous advocacy and civility
  • Solutions to the lawyer incivility problem.
  • And the benefits of civility.

The slides from the webinar are available in this PDF. “Civility is the Core of Professionalsm,” a chapter written by Reardon, is available as well.

The webinar was sponsored by the ABA Law Student Division, the Center for Professional Responsibility, and the Young Lawyers Division.

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