Title: An Explanation of the “Civility” Oath Rule Adopted by Supreme Court
Date: February 11, 2015
Presenter: James Coulter, JD
Description: On May 1, 2014, The California Supreme Court announced that it has adopted rule 9.4 of the California Rules of Court to supplement the attorney oath for new lawyers. The oath will include a statement that the attorney will strive to conduct himself or herself with dignity, courtesy, and integrity. See more at: http://www.courts.ca.gov/25857.htm
“I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of an attorney and counselor at law to the best of my knowledge and ability. As an officer of the court, I will strive to conduct myself at all times with dignity, courtesy, and integrity.”
Speaker Bio: Mr. Coulter is presently the Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Central Justice Center for the Orange County District Attorney's Office, which is responsible for handling all of the general misdemeanor and felony cases for the Central Orange County jurisdiction. He started his career as a prosecutor in the Riverside D.A.'s office before transferring to Orange County in 1989. He has handled thousands of criminal cases while serving in a number of different assignments in the office, including heading the Training Division, which is responsible for the training all of the attorney's, paralegals and investigators in the office.
He holds a JD from Pepperdine Law School and BBA from the University of Southern California. In addition to his work as a Deputy District Attorney, he instructs police officers in the areas of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault laws. Finally, he mentors students at California Southern Law School in the areas of: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence.