Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Upholding Civility:  A Lawyer’s Challenge & Obligation

June 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Jeremy Rogers

In 1971, Chief Justice Warren Burger, in remarks at an American Law Institute conference, cautioned that: “Without civility no private discussion, no public debate ... no trial of any case, can serve its purpose or achieve its objective. When men [and women] shout and shriek or call names, we witness the end of rational thought process if not the beginning of blows and combat.”1

Chief Justice Burger continued:

Today more and more new and vexing problems reach the courts and they call for the highest order of thoughtful exploration and careful study. Yet all too often, overzealous advocates seem to think the zeal...

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