Welcome to the Professionalism Toolkit
Resources will be added as they become available.
Recognizing Lawyers and Judges For Professionalism
The WSBA's Professionalism in Practice (PiP) program is a way for lawyers, judges and the public to honor those in the legal profession who have conducted themselves in a highly professional manner consistent with the Creed of Professionalism.
The Creed of Professionalism
See the full text of the Creed of Professionalism adopted by the Board of Governors on July 27, 2001.
Robert's Fund — Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession
In an era too often marked by acts of incivility, Robert’s Fund aims to elevate the way we treat one another in the legal profession and to inspire acts of courtesy, kindness, and compassion among members of the profession. Increased civility demonstrably improves outcomes for legal professionals and the people that they serve. And because legal professionals profoundly influence society, even outside their formal work, their behavior often sets the tenor of corporate, political, and social interactions. Learn more about the fund.
Start the Discussion
Whether it's in the class room or a law office, here are the materials to launch a productive conversation about professionalism.
WSBA’s Washington Legal Ethics Deskbook
Reviewed by members of the WSBA Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the Washington Legal Ethics Deskbook (2d ed. 2020) is a comprehensive but practical and accessible resource to help guide you through the ethics and law firm risk management issues arising in daily practice.
Professionalism in the News
- Stop Training Lawyers to be Jerks — Read the full article from the Huffington Post.
- Teen Jailed after Swearing in Court — Read the full article from the Spokesman-Review.
- The Trick to Being More Virtuous — Read the full article from the New York Times.
- Sunset to Sunrise — A New Dawn in Professionalism — Read the full article from NWLawyer.