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AN UPRISING OF CIVILITY IN TEXAS
David A. Grenardo*
I. INTRODUCTION
When people think of Texas and civility, the first thing that
may come to mind might be the infamous YouTube clip titled
Texas Style Deposition.' In that clip, Texas attorney Joe Jamail
proceeds to call opposing counsel several profanities, as well as fat
boy, and Mr. Jamail threatens to fight the witness he is deposing.2
This anecdotal episode, along with the misconception that the
Texas legal system is equivalent to the Wild West, cast an
unflattering and inaccurate picture of civility in the legal
profession in Texas. In fact, efforts to increase and sustain civility
in Texas are growing and flourishing. This Article will discuss
several of the developments in Texas regarding civility. This
Article will also provide suggestions on how civility can become
even more ingrained in the state. Before going further, this Article
discusses briefly what civility is, the advantages of civility in the
legal profession, and the costs of incivility.
II. DEFINING CIVILITY: UNDERSTANDING ITS IMPORTANCE AND
EXAMINING THE CONSEQUENCES OF INCIVILITY
Civility is typically defined as treating others with courtesy,
dignity, and respect. The terms civility and professionalism are
sometimes used interchangeably in the legal profession, as they
*  Assistant Professor of Law, St. Mary's University School of Law. The Author
would like to thank his research assistants-Forrest Blackwelder-Baggett, Blake Pierce,
and Gregory Ehrlich-as well as several distinguished leaders in civility for their
invaluable insight, namely: Justice Douglas Lang, Lamont Jefferson, Jonathan Smaby, and
Donald Jackson. The Author would also like to thank Michele Gavagni, Executive Director
of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, for her keen insight as well. The Author is also
grateful to Malinda Dunn, Brigadier General, U.S. (Ret.), who is the Executive Director of
the American Inns of Court, for the data she provided on the Inns in Texas. Finally, the
Author would like to thank John Berry, Legal Division Director of the Florida Bar, for his
guidance on this Article.
1.  Iowapublicdefender, Texas Style Deposition, YoUTUBE (June 27, 2007),
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlxmrvbMeKc (audiovisual excerpt from a Joe Jamail
deposition).
2. Id.
3. David A. Grenardo, Making Civility Mandatory: Moving From Aspired to
Required, 11 CARDOZO PUB. L. POL'Y & ETHICS J. 239, 244-45 (2013).

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