I truly believe if we all go back to the
golden rule, civility would follow naturally. Maybe, for others, the definition
is as stated by Nicole Billante and Peter
Saunder in their article “Six Questions
about Civility”: “Civility is behavior
in public which demonstrates respect
for others and which entails curtailing
one’s own immediate self-interest when
If change is going to occur in the
courtroom, in our daily lives, or in our
interactions with one another then I
believe the civility conversation must
continue with all of us. When civility
becomes second nature, we will all reap
the rewards in our professional and
personal lives. NWL
Karen W. Mur- ray is a senior staff attorney and Seattle Municipal Court supervisor at the Associated Counsel for the Accused, where she has worked
for 20 years. Murray’s work, volun-teerism, service, and leadership on
significant Bar and community committee and projects exemplify civility as she devotes her life to serve
the interests of justice and social
change. She has received numerous
awards in recognition of the countless contributions she has made to
the profession, including the King
County Bar Association’s 2010
President’s Award and the 2012
LMBA Ronald R. Ward’s President
Award. The opinions expressed in
this article are those of the author.
is looking for a
few good writers.
1. Washington Court Rules, Vol. I, Code of
Judicial Conduct (State of Washington,
2. Washington Court Rules, Vol. I, Rules of
Professional Conduct (State of Washington, 2011), 82.
3. Supra n. 1 at 46.
4. Supra n. 2 at 89.
5. Supra n. 2 at 46.
6. Supra n. 2.
7. Nicole Billante and Peter Saunders, “Six
Questions About Civility,” CIS Occasional
Paper 82, The Centre for Independent
aboutcivility.pdf, accessed July 2012.
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