Expediting Litigation

Expediting Litigation

Discover the requirement for lawyers to expedite litigation, including avoiding unnecessary postponements and extensions, frustrating opposing counsel, or attempting to derive financial or other benefits from undue delay.


In this clip we will review Model Rule 3.2 and its requirement for lawyers to expedite litigation. We will analyze the language of the Rule, and then look at three specific scenarios: first, how to properly obtain postponements and extensions; second, the role of trying to frustrate opposing counsel; and third, whether financial benefit can be a reason for delaying litigation.

I. Model Rule

The language of Model Rule of Professional Conduct 3.2 is straightforward and to the point: lawyers are...