From The Uncivil Litigator comes "Rules to Live By," a set of rules to follow when appearing before a judge.
One rule, frequently violated where I practice, should be committed to memory: "I will not address opposing counsel at any time during an oral argument in court and will only address the judge, unless the circumstances require me to do otherwise."
It's easy to understand why judges become frustrated when a hearing at which he or she is supposed to be presiding disintegrates into petty bickering among opposing counsel. Answer the pointed jabs by your opposing counsel with your eyes on the judge. (On the other hand, I wonder why UCL says he always calls a judge "your honor," never "judge." Here in Southern Illinois, as well as across the river in Missouri, judges don't object to being called "judge" or even "sir"--just don't call them "dude.")