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2021 National Conversation on Civility: Mandating Civility—Yes or No?

Civility—or lack thereof—is a hot button issue in the legal profession. Civility is the stuff of professional creeds, firm handbooks, and courtroom procedures. It is a cornerstone of the American Inns of Court and other legal organizations. Some states—Florida, South Carolina, Arizona and Michigan – are mandating civility as a requirement for practicing law in that jurisdiction. Is this going too far? This program will address questions arising from the issue:
  • Should civility be mandated?
  • How can civility be mandated?
  • Doesn't requiring and policing civility interfere with advocacy?
  • What are the consequences of policing civility in the legal profession?

Hon. Barbara M. G. Lynn
Chief United States District Judge
U. S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

David A. Grenardo

Professor of Law
St. Mary’s University School of Law
Join us for a conversation that explores the pros and cons of mandating civility. Share your own thoughts and ideas on the subject in advance of the program and we will engage in some devilish advocacy to address them:


Members: $30
Non-members: $45

Register today and get 25% off through the end of Civility Month (October) !


This program is designed to be eligible for 1 CLE hour of professional conduct or ethics credit.
  • It has been approved in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Louisiana, Nevada and Texas.
  • Florida attorneys can self-report.
Please visit our Resource Library for specifics on other jurisdictions or check your state bar's website for instructions on attorney self-reporting.

If you are unsure if your state has been approved or have any questions, please contact us before taking the time to purchase and complete this program!