December2015/January 2016: Exciting Events and Opportunities Ahead in 2016
Happy New Year! 2016 is starting out with a lot of exciting events and opportunities ahead. Eat healthy, work out, stop procrastinating, learn Spanish — and take time to make your New Year’s resolutions. One big resolution you should add to your list is to improve your legal career by being more professional.
Be a nice lawyer. The temptation is to react to jerky opposing counsel with equal hostility. Do not go there. Don’t use zealous advocacy as an excuse to be rude or disrespectful.
Remember as members of the Louisiana State Bar Association, we agree to abide by the Code of Professionalism. Among other things, the Code requires us to conduct ourselves with dignity, civility, courtesy and a sense of fair play, and to cooperate with counsel. Now is a good time to read (or reread) the Code.
Being courteous and nice does not mean rolling over or allowing yourself to get sandbagged. Acting like a courteous attorney will get better results for your clients, not worse. A Juris Doctor is a professional degree — so act like a professional.
Your reputation will be comprised of your skill, talent, personality, integrity, ethical standards, imagination, judgment and diligence. Each encounter you have with another attorney, judge or client either builds on or detracts from your reputation. You want to be regarded as reliable, intelligent, diligent, practical, talented and trustworthy.
Another great New Year’s resolution . . . . Attend an upcoming Young Lawyers Division (YLD) event! There are several Wills for Heroes events coming up, including in New Orleans, Lafayette and Baton Rouge. If you are interested in volunteering or want to have an event in your city, email Adam P. Johnson at email@example.com
, or Kristi W. Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have other exciting events happening this spring, including the state High School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse, 300 North Blvd., Baton Rouge. Volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in participating, email Carrie L. Jones at email@example.com
or Kassie L. Hargis at firstname.lastname@example.org