Can civility co-exist with an adversarial system predicated on zealous advocacy?
In the oath of admission to the Florida bar, we “pledge fairness, integrity, and civility” to opposing parties and counsel. Florida is not unique in this regard. In fact, civility in our profession is required by the codes of professional conduct of each state. Can civility co-exist with an adversarial system predicated on zealous advocacy?
Why I asked LCA Senior Fellow and President-Elect Adam Arceneaux
Adam, who practices with Ice Miller LLP, in Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the most courteous and effective attorneys I know. He was lead defense counsel in eight significant class action lawsuits, and he has developed a specialty in representing clients seeking or defending against emergency relief. One might expect that such cases engender less civility. And yet, even Adam’s adversaries concede that he remains a pillar of courtesy and a paragon of professionalism.
Adam graciously shared his views on the central importance of civility to being an excellent trial lawyer and the balance between civility and zealous advocacy.
I encourage you to watch our conversation HERE.
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