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1 Indiana Civil Litigation Law Review 77 (2004)


This essay emanates from a talk that was given to the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana at its annual meeting’s luncheon. The good thing about talking about civility, particularly at lunch, is that no one dare heckle or throw food. Beyond the obvious constraints against rude behavior inherent in the medium, we sense a genuine openness to the topic. Defense counsel, in particular, feel besieged by what they perceive to be uncivil behavior, and welcome affirmation about the nature of the problem and some suggestions for solutions. More generally, one can argue that the lack of civility in legal culture signals a crisis for the profession as a whole - a crisis that has the potential to undermine our goals and values.