The American Bar Association Model Rules, as well as the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, indicate that civility is required for the practice of law. However, in the legal profession, negative and derogatory comments are often directed at opposing counsel and even judges. With incivility on the rise within the legal workplace it is important to ask, do lawyers know what constitutes incivility? Are they aware of the disciplinary actions that can result from unprofessional behavior?
This interactive eLearning course will help lawyers to:
1. Understand the forms of incivility in the legal workplace;
2. Recognize the causes and consequences of workplace incivility; and
3. Incorporate effective tools for managing incivility in their organization and in person-to-person interactions.
In this course, attorneys are placed in real-life situations to manage individual situations where workplace incivility arises and identify organizational changes that can lead to a more equitable work environment. Before you launch the course, be sure to read the agenda. You are also encouraged to review the following course materials which are also available in the Resources tab of this eLearning course:
- Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
- 2014 Supreme Court Commission Survey on Professionalism
- Filing a Request for an Investigation of an Attorney
- Weber Shandwick Report on Civility in America
- Rules of Professional Conduct: 4.4
- Rules of Professional Conduct: 8.4
- ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
- Essential Qualities of the Professional Lawyer
- 2016 Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Study on Substance Use in Attorneys
- 2Civility Blog Featuring Additional Strategies and Tips for Workplace Incivility
Approved for 1.0 Hours Professional Responsibility CLE Credit in Illinois
The Commission on Professionalism would like to thank the following people and organizations for their contribution to this course: The Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), Steven M. Elrod, John K. Kim, Wendy Muchman, John F. O’Reilly, Hon. Diane M. Shelley.