Delaware has lots of lawyers. In fact, the lawyer-to-citizen ratio is the third highest state in the country. But, at the same time, we have a very small bar compared to other states. It’s a privilege to practice law in Delaware, as any Delaware lawyer will surely tell you. The limited number of lawyers in our community precludes anonymity for any substantial length of time. And, when you work with the same people regularly, it is in your best interest to conduct yourself with professionalism and civility at all times. You will be remembered, so it’s better to be remembered for your good manners than for your abrasive style.
August, if you didn’t know, is Win With Civility month. So it’s as good a time as ever to do a bit of self-analysis. How would your colleagues and peers describe you if asked? If the answer to that question is not totally positive, work to make a change starting today.
If you’re interested, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation has a detailed article on “The Delaware Way” of practicing law, specifically focusing on our esteemed jurists. It’s a lengthy but worthwhile read. See Delaware’s Art of Judging.