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Language on civility added to bar's oath of admission

Monday, September 25, 2017  
Posted by: Joe Menden
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The Montana Supreme Court has ordered that the written and oral oaths for admission to the State Bar of Montana be amended to include a civility pledge.

The language on civility was added at the request of the Montana chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, through its Civility Matters program.

Lawyers taking the oath now will affirm to "maintain civility toward opposing parties and their counsel not only in court, but also in all written and oral communications."

In its order, the court said it appreciates the efforts of ABOTA, “to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, ethics, civility, and courtesy in the legal profession and to promote professional and civil behavior in the practice of law, among both lawyers and judges.”

The order comes after a 90-day comment period that began on March 29. The court received no comments during the comment period.

You can read the new Oath of Admission here.