Encouraging Civility in Courts

On October 24, the Phoenix Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society sponsored a discussion on civility together with the St. Thomas More Society of Phoenix and the Christian Legal Society. Presentations were made by the Honorable David Campbell, United States District Court, Andy Halaby, Arizona State Bar Ethics Advisory Group, and Presiding Judge Joseph C Welty of the Maricopa County Superior Court. The focus of the discussion was on what lawyers can do to encourage civility both in and out of the court room. A good group of participants heard interesting stories from the panelists that highlighted the importance of civility before the court and in public. The panel also answered questions about how to respond to uncivil conduct by other lawyers and what to do when members of the public attack the judicial system.