I. In dealing with other persons involved in the litigation process, a lawyer should be courteous and civil in all communications.A. Lawyers should act in a professional manner regardless of the ill feelings that their clients may have toward others.B. Lawyers can disagree without being disagreeable. They should recognize that effective representation does not require antagonistic or acrimonious behavior.C. Lawyers should not use vulgar language or make demeaning characterizations of other persons.
Ray Beckerman, New York "country lawyer," foe of the RIAA and major record labels, "adhere[nt] to old fashioned values," and blogger, on his opponents:
[Opposing counsel]... is essentially an extortionist. His machine has many similarities to organized crime.If there were any doubters among you as to the overwhelming incompetence of the RIAA's lawyers, this should remove whatever doubt is left.
And some final thoughts on civility, from a "country lawyer...with integrity":