Alfred R. Light, Civil Procedure Parables in the First Year: Applying the Bible to Think Like a Lawyer, 37 Gonz. L. Rev. 283 (2002).
Law students learn the critical reasoning skills necessary to “think like a lawyer” in their first year classes. However, the legal profession is becoming increasingly concerned about a diminished sense of civility among those entering its ranks. Uncivil discovery practices prompted federal rulemaking experiments which ultimately caused Rule 11 to “legislate” presumptively civil behavior through mandatory initial disclosures and requirements to supplement pleadings. In addition, the American Bar Association (“ABA”) responded by amending its Model Code of Professional Responsibility and is still considering further revisions. The ABA’s release of the MacCrate Report, which instructed law schools to integrate professionalism throughout the curriculum and to bridge the gap between law school and law practice, illustrates how reform has impacted legal academia.