New Attorney’s Oath Stresses Need for Civility
On March 5, the Nevada Supreme Court issued an order in ADKT 0492, adding language to the Attorney’s Oath for incoming Nevada attorneys. The additions to the oath were submitted to the Supreme Court by the State Bar of Nevada’s Board of Governors, acting on input from the state bar’s newly formed Civility Taskforce.
The Attorney’s Oath now reads (additions italicized):
I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR, OR AFFIRM, THAT:
I will support the Constitution and government of the United States and of the State of Nevada;
I will maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers;
I will support, abide by and follow the Rules of Professional Conduct as are now or may hereafter be adopted by the Supreme Court;
I will conduct myself in a civil and professional manner, whether dealing with clients, opposing parties and counsel, judicial officers or the general public, and will promote the administration of justice; and
I will faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of an attorney at law to the best of my knowledge and ability.
The state bar’s Civility Taskforce continues to seek ways of fostering professional civility among Nevada’s legal community. Look for a survey on this topic, coming soon.