ABAW CLE Event - Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession (1 hour of ethics credit) (July 16, 2015)
Civility is the cornerstone of justice. When all participants involved in the legal system act with civility by treating others with respect, listening with an open mind, and working towards best outcomes, all participants benefit and justice is served. On the contrary, when participants act with incivility, it extracts a high cost for our profession both in terms of impacting the bottom line and long term negative health effects for practitioners. For example, a study by Pearson and Porath, estimated that one multi-national law firm had lost over 2.8 million dollars because of one senior partner’s acts of incivility toward associates and staff. There is a growing body of scientific evidence that incivility often reduces productivity, creates inefficiency, and ultimately costs both practitioners and their clients time and money. Incivility often creates unnecessary conflict, which can cost some practitioners compromised mental and physical health. Perhaps most importantly, incivility compromises the administration of justice at all levels.
The social event follows after the CLE.