My daughter is 20 months old and she is in the stage when she wants to do everything I do. Whether I am talking on the phone, setting the table or putting my shoes on, I feel her eyes are on me. She watches me intently and then tries to copy my movements. It makes me more conscious of what I say and do. That’s not a bad thing because I want to be on my best behavior in front of my daughter.
We hear a lot these days about lawyers behaving badly: being rude, yelling, bullying, etc. It makes me wonder if our work environment would be better if we asked ourselves more often: “What would my kids say if they saw me act like that?” If you don’t have kids, think of any person who makes you want to be your best, morally and ethically. Would this raise the standard of civility among lawyers? What do you think?