Lawyers are concerned about civility and professionalism within the bar and with what they perceive as a recent erosion of these qualities.

During the last two decades, some groups of lawyers have responded to these concerns by adopting “professionalism codes” for their members. These commitments to professionalism — also variously styled “guidelines,” “standards” or even “creeds” — often go above and beyond the requirements that legal ethics impose on all lawyers.

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