Sandra Day O'Connor
The Civility Crisis
Unless you’ve spent the last twenty years meditating alone in a cave atop a Tibetan mountain, you’re aware of the civility crisis among lawyers. In his article Free Speech, Civility and Harassment in the February 1998 issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota, Edward J. Cleary said: “There does seem to be a consensus among members of the judiciary and the legal community that incivility is rampant; that previously unheard of and unacceptable speech and acts occur with frequency.”
This upcoming week will be another milestone in Tennessee for the development of a collaborative law process. The National Association for Women Judges will be in town and my intern from last summer, Diana Combs, will receive the Sandra Day O'Connor Scholarship award. Diana is a 2L at the University of Memphis and made law review this summer. Her note will focus on Collaborative Law Process and I couldn't be happier!