Wednesday, August 10, 2016

No More "Honey" and "Darling" In Court

All women know how easy it is to demean or discredit women, just by a look or a comment. The American Bar Association is finally catching up with many states in addressing tactics against female lawyers.

Now, one of the ways lawyers try to discredit female lawyers will no longer be tolerated. The American Bar Association has now prohibited sexual harassment including demeaning terms for women, spoken under the veil of "niceness."  It will now be ruled as professional misconduct to discriminate against or harass opposing counsel.

Those settings not only include the courtroom, but also “interacting with witnesses, co-workers, court personnel, lawyers and others” and “managing a law practice or law firm” or “participating in bar association, business or social activities in connection with the practice of law.”