PUT YOUR MASK ON FIRST

Lawyers are obliged to provide clients with objective advice. They must remain cool under pressure even in the face of obnoxious behavior by other lawyers, their clients, and witnesses. In a tight spot, they must put their mask on first and then go to work helping you. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal recently upheld a $100 sanction for contempt against a divorce lawyer who had engaged in “disruptions and interruptions” during a hearing. The Judge admonished both lawyers to behave as if they were children who had acted out in school. Although you may find such behavior by your lawyer admirable, it is unprofessional at best and can hurt your case by damaging your lawyer’s standing with the Court.Kirschman v. Kirschman, 2012-CA-0385.