Los Angeles Times – California Supreme Court Adopts Courtesy and Integrity Oath for Newly Admitted Attorneys

May 2, 2014 – In a nationwide effort led by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) under its current national president, Mark Robinson, Jr., the California Supreme Court announced that it has adopted a “civility” provision to be included in the oaths taken by new lawyers admitted to the California bar. The oath, which will take effect, May 23, 2014, will require all newly admitted California attorneys to make the following promise: “As an officer of the court, I will strive to conduct myself at all times with dignity, courtesy, and integrity.”

Mark Robinson, Jr. commented, “As president of ABOTA and also as a member of California’s Judicial Council, I really praise the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court regarding the passing of the courtesy and integrity oath. We need lawyers who are courteous to other lawyers and to the courts, and we need lawyers with integrity. This is a great thing for justice here in California and it’s great for the Judicial Council, national ABOTA, and the people of California.”

Read an L.A. Times article on the subject here.

View the ABOTA website here.