A Lesson in Civility

54 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2018

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David Grenardo

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), School of Law

Date Written: October 27, 2018


The inherent importance of civility in the legal profession necessitates teaching civility by law schools. This Article demonstrates how civility applies to advocacy and the practice of law, the efficiency of our justice system, lawyer well-being, obtaining a job and professional identity formation, and public confidence in the legal system. The Article can assist courts, attorneys, and professors in understanding civility and its significance. Most critically, this Article provides a turnkey lesson plan for law schools on civility that professors can employ in a variety of classes, including, among others, Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure, and Constitutional Law. Teaching law students the importance of how to interact civilly with others, particularly opposing counsel, can help a law student enjoy a long and satisfying legal career while avoiding the negative consequences of incivility, which can inhibit and stain an attorney’s career.

Keywords: civility, professionalism, legal education, legal pedagogy, practice of law, civil, professional identity formation

JEL Classification: K4

Suggested Citation

Grenardo, David, A Lesson in Civility (October 27, 2018). Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3273693

David Grenardo (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), School of Law ( email )

1000 LaSalle Avenue, MSL 338
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States

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