Extend Professional Courtesy In Discovery Or You Might Be Invited To A Kindergarten Party

Federal judge Sam Sparks recently issued an order inviting two attorneys to a "kindergarten party" that also featured a possible sleepover with United States Marshals. Annoyed by what he considered the immature and unprofessional conduct of attorneys in a dispute over deposition scheduling and subpoenas, Judge Sparks issued the order directing counsel to appear before him. While the order is amusing, Judge Sparks made quite clear that he has little patience for disputes between lawyers that could be avoided by reasonable accommodation and professional courtesy.  Click here to read the judge's order.