"The Court implores counsel to conduct themselves in a manner befitting their profession. For the law is a noble profession. 'With all their faults, [lawyers] stack up well against those in every other profession. They are better to work or play with or fight with or drink with than most other varieties of mankind.' Harrison Tweed, Address Accepting the Presidency of the New York City Bar Association (May 10, 1945)."It's pleasant to think much of that is still true. Litigators were once held to an ideal of "zealous advocacy." Today, the emphasis in on competent and diligent representation, which takes a lot of the fight out of the profession. I also suspect there are better drinking companions. And yet, is it really out of bounds these days to play hardball in depositions?Sort of. Judge Lamberth cited Rule 11(b)(3) against Alex Oh and Paul Weiss. But that Rule applies only to documents filed in court. So, it seems Oh's error was in trying to get sanctions against her adversary by making accusations against him and citing to the deposition for support. The Judge found that the deposition didn't support the allegations Oh had made, and that was the sanctionable conduct. Had she not played tit-for-tat -- had she turned the other cheek -- the Judge would not have had grounds to sanction her. We know that because, well, hindsight is always perfect.Last week, the drama ended with Judge Lamberth ordering Oh to be "Admonished" for violating Rule 11(b)(3). But by then, Alex Oh's dream job had turned into a night terror before vanishing into air, into thin air. Such is the stuff as dreams, and dream jobs, are made on.