Beyond Civility to Collegiality, Ethics and Benefits of Cooperation: Lawrence County Bar Association Presentation
On November 21st, 2019, Robert A. Creo, Esq., Principal of Happy Effective Lawyer, gave a presentation to the Lawrence Country Bar Association called Beyond Civility to Collegiality, Ethics and Benefits of Cooperation. The program took place in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and participants earned 1 CLE Credit in Ethics.
The program addressed ethical considerations of a lawyer’s role as zealous advocate, along with cooperation and collegiality in the context of #7 in the Preamble of the Code of Professional Responsibility, which states in part: “However, a lawyer is also guided by personal conscience and the approbation of professional peers. A lawyer should strive to attain the highest level of skill, to improve the law and the legal profession and to exemplify the legal profession’s ideals of public service.”
The presentation was well-received by 40 lawyers and two judges.
Renee Schwerdt, Esq., of Thriving Lawyer WellBeing Services
, assisted with the program, along with the Executive Director of the Lawrence County Bar Association, JoEllen Thomas. The program was also coordinated by Joe Kearney, a solo practitioner located in New Castle with 40+ years of experience.
A follow-up online survey is being distributed to the Lawrence County Bar Association. This survey will gather info to learn about attorneys’ viewpoints on civility, collegiality, and the types of ongoing activities that could be sponsored in the future to promote a culture of collegiality and mentor younger lawyers in best practices.