Getting Along is Not Wrong: Treat Others as Equals Despite Experience Level - IndyBar Blog

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Posted on: Oct 1, 2014
Civility. Courtesy. Respect. Professionalism.

These are words that should be synonymous with “Advocate,” but in a world of high stakes, strong opinions, and a general societal decline in basic manners, how can attorneys fight the good fight while living up to these ideals – especially if the other side doesn’t? We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.

Getting Along is Not Wrong, an initiative of the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, is the impressive collection of such positive and compelling behavior. Check out the entry below and continue checking back for future installments.

Erin M. Durnell, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC -

One of the first contested issues I litigated as a new lawyer was against the late Stephenie Jocham. During the course of the matter, she never reminded me that she had been practicing longer than I had, she was not overly aggressive in advocating her client’s position and while in court, she was gracious and respectful to me even as she zealously stood her ground on the issue at hand. Stephenie treated me as an equal even though she had more experience and could have tried to intimidate me. Some other attorneys I opposed during that time strutted around, instructing me about how long they had been practicing, but their bullying caused me to regard them with less, not more, respect. Stephenie, on the other hand, earned my respect as an adversary because she didn’t try to take advantage of the fact that I was the new kid on the block. I’ll never forget it.


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