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Italy CLE/CJE Faculty & Staff

The following individuals will bring their expertise and distinctive perspectives to the Italy CLE/CJE program. Please note that this list is subject to change. Click below to jump to each presenter or scroll down for more information:


Wednesday
Nov092016

Justice Mary E. Fairhurst, J.D.

Justice, Washington State Supreme Court

By Seattle Photography Inc.Elected in 2002, Mary Fairhurst began serving as a justice on the Washington Supreme Court in 2003. She started her legal career in the Supreme Court as a judicial clerk, working first with Chief Justice William H. Williams in 1984 and then with Justice William C. Goodloe until 1986. For the next 16 years, Justice Fairhurst served in the Washington Attorney General's Office, working with Attorneys General Christine Gregoire and Ken Eikenberry. She specialized in the areas of criminal justice, transportation, revenue, and labor. When she left, she was serving as the Division Chief of the Revenue, Bankruptcy and Collections Division. In 1998, Attorney General Gregoire presented her Steward of Justice award to Justice Fairhurst.

Justice Fairhurst has been a leader in the legal profession throughout her career. She served as president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the second woman, first public sector attorney, and youngest attorney to hold the position. She also served on the WSBA Board of Governors, representing the Third Congressional District, and was president of the Washington Women Lawyers.

Justice Fairhurst is committed to public legal education and is active working for children and youth. She cares deeply about civility in the profession and inspiring others to live to their full potential. Justice Fairhurst speaks regularly to individuals and groups.

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Washington State Supreme Court

Gonzaga University

Wednesday
Nov092016

Timothy Jaasko-Fisher, M.A., J.D.

Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, Robert’s Fund

Mr. Jaasko-Fisher works with people and organizations to explore how individuals exercising leadership can promote a more civil workplace, community, and society. He engages people through interactive workshops designed to promote wellbeing within the individual, enhance productivity, and improve outcomes. In his role as the Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development at Robert’s Fund, Tim not only works on programing, but also gives presentations, and works individually with organizations of legal professionals.

As a private consultant, Mr. Jaasko-Fisher also serves as the Director of Internal Capacity Building for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau’s Center for Capacity Building for Courts where he is part of a team of national experts focused on building capacity for positive change in court improvement programs across the United States.

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Wednesday
Nov092016

Paula Lustbader, J.D.

President, Robert’s Fund; Professor of Law Emerita and Past Director, Academic Resource Center at Seattle University School of Law

Professor Paula Lustbader is highly respected internationally in the legal-education academy and locally in the Seattle legal community for the passion and energy she brought to her work as co-founder and director of the Academic Resource Center and its Access Admissions program at Seattle University School of Law. For 28 years, she provided instruction, support, and mentorship to law students from under-represented groups and, in the process, has been instrumental in increasing the diversity of the legal profession. She has touched the lives of more than 1,000 law students who, on graduation, have gone on to impact the lives of literally thousands of clients and fellow citizens in Washington and across the country.

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Wednesday
Nov092016

Marcello Marinari

Retired Judge, and current Mediator and Trainer,
Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, Rome

Judge Marinari, now retired, has served as a judge for over 30 years in Italy. From 1978 to 1993, he presided over both criminal and civil cases in several courts. After serving as a judge on the Pisa High Court (1996-1999 and 2001-2004), he became a judge on the Court of Appeal of Milan (2004-2008); and from 2008-2010, he was president of the Montepulciano Court. He also worked in a variety of capacities with the Department of International Relations in the Ministry of Justice, including serving as Chief of Cabinet for the Undersecretary of State. Judge Marinari co-founded and is former president of the steering committee of the first Italian court-based mediation system in Milan.

He has taught several courses on criminal procedure, administrative law, comparative law, and mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for judges, lawyers, and university students. He teaches not only in university settings, but also in programs for judges and lawyers, including those managed by the Italian High Council of Judiciary; and he also has been an official speaker in many conferences on the same issues. He has written or edited more than 50 juridical articles and books on various subjects, including ADR.

Wednesday
Nov092016

Antonio Mondini

Judge, Tribunale di Lucca

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Pisa, Faculty of Law, in 1997, Judge Mondini won the competitive public examination for the appointment as judge. He started his career as a civil judge in the Tribunale di  Nuoro and, since 2001, has been serving in the Tribunale di Lucca. His vast experience in civil and civil procedure law includes the areas of contracts, torts, and company and family matters. He is a member of the special section of the Tribunale di Lucca for bankruptcy procedures. He is a member of the Superior School of the Judiciary and since 2009 has been in charge of the continual training of the magistrates of the Court of Appeal of Florence. He teaches Civil Procedure Law at the post-graduate School for Legal Professions within the University of Pisa and has taught several courses on civil and civil procedure law for lawyers and university students. He has written books and numerous articles on civil law, civil procedure law, and tax law, published in the most important Italian juridical journals.

Tuesday
Nov082016

Craig Sims, J.D.

Trial Attorney, Bergman Draper Ladenburg

Craig Sims received the 2011 Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Award. At the City Attorney’s Office, Mr. Sims’ primary responsibility is to oversee all attorneys and staff who prosecute criminal and traffic crimes that occur within the city. Before becoming Criminal Division chief, Mr. Sims was a trial attorney with the civil firm of Fury Bailey. During his time there, his primary focus was serving clients who had suffered serious personal injuries.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Sergio Tamassia

Artist in Residence

Sergio Tamassia received his degree from the State Institute of Art, Florence, in 1966. Since 1978, he has resided in Sorano, Italy. He is an accomplished photographer and visual artist, having shown his work in Austria, Germany, Holland, and throughout his home country.

In addition to teaching seminars in traditional art such as drawing, painting, frescos, and mural painting, Sergio created and teaches art programs designed to help students find their creative flow. He believes that through the process of making art, we can discover our emotions, learn to see from different perspectives, and find ways to express ourselves. To him, art is self-expression.

He also directs and teaches Socializing Through Visual Art, a program for regional schools in Tuscany.

http://www.sergiotamassia.it