Professionalism includes Courtesy.
When I was a young, baby lawyer, gentlemanly conduct and professional courtesy was the norm. Rare was the lawyer who felt compelled to make everything as difficult and unpleasant as possible for no better reason than to, well, make everything difficult and unpleasant. That kind of conduct did not fair well usually and the source often received a return on his investment that prejudiced his client and tarnished his reputation.
Somewhere along the way, obnoxious and difficult behavior became more and more common until eventually it seems that to some, it was a badge of honor. In certain jurisdictions acrimony became the norm not the exception. Nothing good came from this.
Bemoaning this decline in civility among lawyers, many Courts have promulgated standards of conduct designed to guide the deviating lawyer back to the land of professionalism and civility. Most recently, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco) has published its own version of such standards.
It’s a good read and a poignantly reflective reminder for those of us that have always aspired to maintain the highest levels of respectful professionalism how to remain so.