Incivility in the legal profession impedes the pursuit of justice. Research shows that incivility wastes time, squanders economic resources, and burdens the courts. It also negatively impacts lawyers by increasing stress levels and creating greater propensity for them to suffer from substance and alcohol abuse, depression, isolation, and dissatisfaction with their work. Furthermore, it reduces the public’s perception of a fair and equitable process, thus decreasing confidence in our system.
Rooting the discussion in RPCs 1.1, 1.2, and 3.5, this one-hour presentation will identify characteristics of civility, explain the cost of incivility, and establish that civility both promotes a positive public perception of the justice system and is at the same time the best approach to serving individual clients’ interests. This session will demonstrate that the Washington State Rules of Professional Conduct neither mandate nor justify uncivil conduct; rather they discourage incivility and promote civility. We will end by considering personal strategies for fostering civility that both affirmatively build public confidence in the justice system and reduce the risk of unethical practice.
Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Noon - 1 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – noon — Registration
11:30 a.m. – noon — LAMP Business Meeting
Noon – 1 p.m. — CLE seminar
Ben Bridge Corporate Office
2901 3rd Ave., Seattle (View Map)
Tim Jassko-Fisher — Robert's Fund; Seattle University School of Law, Seattle
WSBA Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Section
Approved for 1 Ethics Credit.
Free to Members of the WSBA Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Section.
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