The KADC Board of Directors adopted these Pillars of Professionalism in December 2012 and encourages all attorneys to follow them in striving toward professionalism.
Pillars of Professionalism
(formerly "Hallmarks of Professionalism")
Professionalism focuses on actions and attitudes. A professional lawyer behaves with civility, respect, fairness, learning and integrity toward clients, as an officer of the legal system, and as a public citizen with special responsibilities for the quality of justice.
Admission to practice law in Kansas carries with it not only the ethical requirements found in the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, but also a duty of professionalism. Law students who aspire to be members of the Kansas bar should also heed these guidelines. Kansas lawyers have a duty to perform their work professionally by behaving in a manner that reflects the best legal traditions, with civility, courtesy, and consideration. Acting in such a manner helps lawyers preserve the public trust that lawyers guard and protect the role of justice in our society. Lawyers frequently interact with clients, courts, opposing counsel and parties, and the public at large. A lawyer’s actions also reflect on the entire legal profession. With those interactions in mind, the following Pillars of Professionalism have been prepared. These Pillars should guide lawyers in striving for professionalism.
With respect to clients:
With respect to courts:
With respect to opposing parties and counsel:
With respect to the legal process:
With respect to the profession and the public:
The late Chief Justice Robert E. Davis (1937-2010) inspired these pillars of professionalism. The Chief Justice “always maintained his sense of grace and civility” and was a model of professionalism. See 79 J. Kan. B. Ass’n. 10 (Oct. 2010). Chief Justice Davis cited the pillars in the Ralph Waldo Emerson poem “A Nation’s Strength” to inspire and recognize the staff of the Kansas Legal Services and, thus we believe it is fittingly used here. See 79 J. Kan. B. Ass’n. 9 (Jan. 2010). We dedicate these pillars of professionalism to the memory of Chief Justice Davis.