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Professional Etiquette for the Courtroom and Other Legal Situations

OnDemand Webinar (64 minutes)

Learn professional etiquette for the courtroom and what may be expected of you as a legal professional.Litigation is an adversarial process, but it does not have to be uncivil. Learn how civility, etiquette, and professional courtesy in the courtroom, and in other legal situations, improves the practice of law. As attorneys, we wear several different hats as mediators, litigators, negotiators, advocates, and advisors. Ethical rules and the rules of civil procedure govern our conduct in litigation, but interactions with clients, opposing counsel and the court should be controlled by broader principles of civility. It is important to not only be properly prepared for any type of scenario but learn to balance the relationship and expectations of clients in order to deliver the best possible outcome. This topic will cover professional etiquette in a variety of legal situations, with a focus on rules of civil procedure, interaction with clients, interaction with opposing counsel and courtroom professionals, and voluntary standards of civility.


James P. Steele, Carr Maloney P.C.


Defining Civility and Cooperation

• Oath of Admission

• Rules of Civil Procedure

• Ethical Rules for Attorneys and Judges

Interactions With Clients

• Communication and Responsiveness

• Realistic Case Evaluation, Communicated Clearly to the Client(s)

• Case Efficiency, Fees and Costs

Interactions With Opposing Counsel

• Opposing Counsel Is Just That, Opposing Counsel - Not the Enemy

• Tone of Pleadings and Other Filings

• Discovery Disputes

• Professional Courtesies

• Vexatious Litigants

Interactions With Judges, Juries, Courtroom Staff

• Best Practices

• Courtroom Technology

• Interactions With Judges and Their Staff

• Presentation to the Jury

Voluntary Standards of Civility

• Survey of Jurisdictions With Voluntary Standards

• Proper and Improper Uses of Voluntary Standards

• Voluntary Standards and Zealous Representation of Clients