AS TO CLIENTS, I shall aspire:
b) To fully informed client decision-making. I should:
2) Counsel clients about the value of cooperation as a means toward the productive resolution of disputes
3) Maintain the sympathetic detachment that permits objective and independent advice to clients
4) Communicate promptly and clearly with clients, and
5) Reach clear agreements with clients concerning the nature of the representation.
c) To fair and equitable fee agreements. I should:
2) Offer fee arrangements that reflect the true value of the services rendered
3) Reach agreements respecting fees with clients as early in the relationship as possible
4) Determine the amount of fees by consideration of many factors and not just time spent, and
5) Provide written agreements as to all fee arrangements.
d) To comply with the obligations of confidentiality and the avoidance of conflicting loyalties in a manner designed to achieve fidelity to clients.
e) To achieve and maintain a high level of competence in my field or fields of practice.
AS TO OPPOSING PARTIES and THEIR COUNSEL, I shall aspire:
2) Grant reasonable requests for extensions or scheduling changes, and
3) Consult with opposing counsel in the scheduling of appearances, meetings and depositions.
b) To treat opposing counsel in a manner consistent with his or her professional obligations and consistent with the dignity of the search for justice. I should:
2) Be courteous and civil in all communications
3) Respond promptly to all requests by opposing counsel
4) Avoid rudeness and other acts of disrespect in all meetings, including depositions and negotiations
5) Prepare documents that accurately reflect the agreement of all parties, and
6) Clearly identify all changes made in documents submitted by opposing counsel for review.
AS TO THE COURTS and OTHER TRIBUNALS, and TO THOSE WHO ASSIST THEM, I shall aspire:
2) Explore the possibilities of settlement of all litigated matters
3) Seek noncoerced agreement between the parties on procedural and discovery matters
4) Avoid all delays not dictated by competent representation of a client
5) Prevent misuses of court time by verifying the availability of key participants for scheduled appearances before the court and by being punctual, and
6) Advise clients about the obligations of civility, courtesy, fairness, cooperation and other proper behavior expected of those who use our system of justice.
b) To model for others the respect due to our courts. I should:
2) Know court rules and procedures
3) Give appropriate deference to court rulings
4) Avoid undue familiarity with members of the judiciary
5) Avoid unfounded, unsubstantiated, or unjustified public criticism of members of the judiciary
6) Show respect by attire and demeanor
7) Assist the judiciary in determining the applicable law, and
8) Give recognition to the judiciary’s obligations of informed and impartial decision-making.
AS TO MY COLLEAGUES IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW, I shall aspire:
b) To defend you against unjust criticism, and
c) To offer you assistance with your personal and professional needs.
AS TO OUR PROFESSION, I shall aspire:
2) Assist in organized bar activities
3) Assist law schools in the education of our future lawyers, and
4) Assist the judiciary in achieving objectives of A Lawyer’s Creed and these aspirational ideals.
b) To promote the understanding of and an appreciation for our profession by the public. I should:
2) Conduct myself always with an awareness that my actions and demeanor reflect upon our profession.
c) To devote some of my time and skills to community, governmental and other activities that promote the common good.
AS TO THE PUBLIC and OUR SYSTEM OF JUSTICE, I shall aspire:
b) To help provide the pro bono representation that is necessary to make our system of justice available to all.
c) To support organizations that provide pro bono representation to indigent clients.
d) To promote equality for all persons.
e) To improve our laws and legal system, by for example:
2) Assisting in the education of the public concerning our laws and the legal system
3) Commenting publicly upon our laws
4) Using other appropriate methods of effecting positive change in our laws and the legal system.