Communicating During Conflict: Understanding Your Role

Incivility in the legal profession continues to be a challenge. According to the Commission’s 2021 Survey on Professionalism, 54% of Illinois attorneys have experienced uncivil or unprofessional behavior from another lawyer in the past 6 months.  

A significant amount of the incivility reported comes in the form of communication: sarcastic comments or a condescending attitude, inflammatory writing, inappropriate language, and interrupting others (e.g., clients, colleagues, counsel, judges, witness).  

“Communicating During Conflict: Understanding Your Role,” is a 30-minute eLearning that uses role-playing and problem-solving to help attorneys manage their emotions in high-stress situations that could undermine civil communication.

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Attorneys will develop strategies for identifying competing interests, avoiding adversarial positions, and building mutually beneficial outcomes. They will also learn how to gain buy-in from others and deter further conflict.

As a result of taking this course, participants can expect to learn how to: 

  • Understand the impacts of engaging in uncivil discourse  
  • Manage their reaction to uncivil communication  
  • Reframe their response to incivility 

This course is approved for 0.5 hours of professionalism professional responsibility CLE credit in Illinois 

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