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Louisiana Association for Justice Lawyer's Creed

I.

I revere the law, the civil justice system, and the profession, and I pledge that in my private and professional life, and in my dealings with fellow members of the Bar, I will uphold the dignity and respect of each in my behavior toward others.

II.

In all dealings with fellow members of the bar, I will be guided by a fundamental sense of integrity and fair play; I know that effective advocacy does not mean hitting below the belt.

III.  I will not abuse the civil justice system or the profession by pursuing or opposing discovery through arbitrariness or for the purpose of harassment or undue delay.
IV. I will not seek accommodation from a fellow member of the bar for the rescheduling of any court setting or discovery unless a legitimate need exists. I will not misrepresent conflicts, nor will I ask for accommodation for the purpose of tactical advantage or undue delay.
V. In my dealings with the court and my fellow counsel, as well as others, my word is my bond.
VI. I will readily stipulate the undisputed facts to avoid needless cost and inconvenience to any party and will work with opposing counsel to reduce the expense of litigation.
VII. I recognize that my conduct is not governed solely by the Rules of Professional Conduct, but also by standards of fundamental decency and courtesy.
VIII. I will strive to be punctual in communications with others and in honoring scheduled appearances, and I will recognize that neglect and tardiness are demeaning to me and to the profession.
IX. If a fellow member of the bar makes a just request for cooperation, or seeks scheduling accommodation, I will not arbitrarily or unreasonably withhold consent.
X. I recognize that effective advocacy does not require antagonistic or obnoxious behavior, and as a member of the bar, I pledge to adhere to the higher standard of conduct which we, our clients, and the public may rightfully expect.

 




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