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Civility with Opposing Counsel

Civility with Opposing Counsel

Learn to embody the professionalism at the foundation of legal practice, through civil behavior toward opposing counsel.


Welcome to Civility with Opposing Counsel!

Rule 1.3 of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct requires competent and diligent representation. According to the official comment, this means the lawyer must, among other things, advocate zealously for the client.

But too many lawyers interpret this obligation to permit, or even require, obnoxious behavior toward opposing counsel. This mindset grossly misinterprets the duty of zealous advocacy. The official comment to...