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Pause For Professionalism - Civility in the Trial Court

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By the Indianapolis Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism

“The great end of life is not knowledge but action.” – Thomas Henry Huxley

Law schools are wonderful institutions that fulfill a need for those who wish to become attorneys—they teach people to think logically, to argue effectively, and to write efficiently. However, even the best law school does not teach everything that a lawyer needs to know. For example, law school does not teach professionalism and civility—these are things that must be learned through experience and through mentorship by individuals who pass their ideas along.

To that end, the Professionalism Committee has recently released a video of Hon. Gerald Zore of the Marion Superior Court Probate Division. The video is entitled “Civility in the Trial Court.” In the video, Judge Zore provides helpful advice to attorneys on being civil in practice. Some of the tips are things that attorneys and staff may think that judges don’t notice—Judge Zore is here to let us all know that judges certainly do notice the behavior of attorneys.

As with past and future videos, although the title of this video is “Civility in the Trial Court,” the tips provided by Judge Zore can be adapted and used by practitioners regardless of where they practice.

New videos will be distributed every other month and are available on the IndyBar website at http://www.indybar.org/resources/video-gallery.php. If you have any suggestions for future topics regarding professionalism and civility, please email them to Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.•

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