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PDP Lawyer's Creed

The International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi
Promoting Legal Ethics Since 1869



I revere the Law, the System, and the Profession, and I pledge that in my private and professional life, and in my dealings with fellow members of the Bar, I will uphold the dignity and respect of each, in my behavior toward others.


In all dealings with fellow members of the Bar, I will be guided by a fundamental sense of integrity and fair play; I know that effective advocacy does not mean hitting below the belt.


I will not abuse the System or the Profession by pursuing or opposing discovery through arbitrariness of for the purpose of harassment or undue delay.


I will not seek accommodation from a fellow member of the Bar for the rescheduling of any Court setting or discovery unless a legitimate need exists.  I will not misrepresent conflicts, nor will I ask for the accommodation for the purpose of tactical advantage or undue delay. 


In my dealings with the Court and with fellow counsel, as well as others, my word is my bond. 


I will readily stipulate to undisputed facts in order to avoid needless costs or inconvenience for any party.


I recognize that my conduct is not governed solely by the Code of Professional Responsibility, but also by standards of fundamental decency and courtesy.


I will strive to be punctual in communication with others and in honoring schedule appearances, and I recognize that neglect and tardiness are demeaning to me and to the Profession. 


If a fellow member of the Bar makes a just request for cooperation, or seeks scheduling accommodation, I will not arbitrarily or unreasonable withhold consent.


I recognize that effective advocacy does not require antagonistic or obnoxious behavior, and as a member of the Bar, I pledge to adhere to the highest standard of conduct which we, our clients, and the public may rightfully expect.