Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review


Civility is under attack in boardrooms, conference rooms, and courtrooms. Government officials, corporate officers, and litigators are uniquely suited to be a bulwark against expedience at the expense of ethics; it is time to insist upon the highest ethical and civil conduct in these public spaces. First, it is important to invest in an initiative to encourage cultures of ethics and civility in businesses and organizations. Second, government and industry groups should provide resources and encourage more robust ethics enforcement. Third, attorneys should aspire to be the model for civility and ethics. Increasing focus on ethical and civil behavior in the powerful organizations of the American fabric is likely to carry-over to an awareness of the importance of civility to the broader masses. Doing so not only makes business sense, but it is the right thing to do and the right time to do it.