Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The Civility Code:Civility to Ourselves as Attorneys in a Difficult Practice

October 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Elise Buie

Family law can be a very difficult, emotional and contentious practice area. A lot has been written about being civil to one another while practicing in high-conflict legal areas. What about being civil to ourselves? If we are civil to ourselves, it is easier to be civil to others. Civility in the profession and civility to ourselves are complementary; you cannot have one without the other.

Civility is defined as “a set of attitudes, behaviors, and skills that call upon us to respect others, to remain open-minded, and to engage in honest and constructive discourse.”1 There are numerous resources...

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