Thursday, October 8, 2015

Is It That Hard to Not Be a D*&K?


Gotta love state court.

Don't be that lawyer who sits next to opposing counsel while waiting for the hearing, doesn't say a word, then in the hearing five minutes later drops a huge bombshell such as "new" controlling authority or an amended pleading or some other stupid example of low-rent gamesmanship.

Show some respect for yourself and your profession, sheesh.

Here's an example that goes way beyond that, but it's the same old story:  be nice to people (even when you vehemently disagree):
In that case, Respondent made threatening and disparaging statements to a senior judge, who had been appointed to serve as a provisional director by civil trial Judge Dresnick. This misconduct violated Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 4-8.2(a) (a lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, mediator, arbitrator, adjudicatory officer, or public legal officer) and 4-8.4(a) (a lawyer shall not violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct).

Respondent also demonstrated unprofessional and antagonistic behavior during numerous hearings in the civil case. Respondent’s behavior was offensive to both Judge Dresnick and successor Judge Valerie Manno Schurr. His conduct also disrupted the proceedings, in violation of rule 4-3.5(c) (a lawyer shall not engage in conduct intended to disrupt a tribunal).

Finally, Respondent made approximately ten disparaging or humiliating statements to opposing counsel. Respondent yelled insults at opposing counsel in the hallway of a courthouse in front of other attorneys. Respondent shouted in front of a judicial assistant and other attorneys that opposing counsel was a liar. Such misconduct was in violation of rule 4-8.4(d) (prohibiting an attorney from engaging in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, including to knowingly, or through callous indifference, disparage, humiliate, or discriminate against other lawyers on any basis).
WTF people?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

sadly I now assume that my opposing counsel is a dick unless he/she shows me otherwise. When that happens, less than 50% of the time, I am thrilled. Golden rule, people, golden rule.