Welcome

In an era too often marked by acts of incivility, Robert’s Fund aims to elevate the way we treat one another in the legal profession and to inspire acts of courtesy, kindness, and compassion among members of the profession. Increased civility demonstrably improves outcomes for legal professionals and the people that they serve. And because legal professionals profoundly influence society, even outside their formal work, their behavior often sets the tenor of corporate, political, and social interactions. View information about who we are and what we do

Continuing Legal Education in Italy

Civility Promise CLE/CJE for Legal Professionals in Tuscany, Italy

Promoting Civility in the Legal Profession | September 28 - October 6, 2014
Join us for this eight-day seminar designed exclusively for attorneys and judges.

Revitalize your commitment to the profession you love

This popular seminar convenes in Sovana, a charming medieval village surrounded by verdant vineyards and lush olive groves. In this peaceful setting, participants immerse themselves in a continuing education program that integrates lectures, discussions, and interactive exercises that focus on fostering civility in the legal profession, complemented by guided excursions through the nearby villages and beautiful countryside.

  • The stunning Italian countryside serves as backdrop for this unique eight-day seminar.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views and immerse yourself in Tuscan culture.
  • Build community with fellow professionals while enjoying a relaxed, retreat-like seminar experience.
  • Collaborative art experiences unlock your creative potential to help you become a better problem solver.
  • Gain valuable insights from seasoned professionals and expert program facilitators.
  • Explore the fantastical sculptures in Niki de Saint Phalle's larger-than-life Il Giardino dei Tarocchi.
  • Rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves blanket the countryside.
  • Ancient ruins await in the nearby Etruscan necropolis from the 6th century B.C.
A fantastic, rich, thoughtful program with solid materials, teaching aids and seasoned presenters. A ‘MUST TAKE’ seminar.”
Read more reflections and testimonials from previous attendees.

Enrich your personal and professional life

Relax and reconnect with yourself... Develop and deepen relationships... Engage in thought-provoking dialogue… All this while earning 30 CLE/CJE credits (including 8 ethics credits) and a 15-credit CLE/CJE Annual Pass for future Seattle University continuing education offerings.

Come to Italy this fall.  You will be glad you did.

Program schedule

The moment your plane lands at Fiumicino Airport, you will experience a trip like no other. From discussions on reclaiming the role of “counselor at law” to walking tours of Pitigliano, your itinerary will entertain, educate, and enlighten. View the latest schedule

Overview and fees

The registration fee of $3,650-$3,950 covers all ground transportation, hotel accommodations for eight nights, most meals, the eight-day CLE/CJE program and resulting credits, and the other programs and excursions detailed on the schedule. View the details

Optional excursions

Three optional afternoon excursions led by professional tour guides will take you and our other participants through the Etruscan tombs, on a visit to the cliff-side city of Pitigliano, and to stunning neighboring Sorano. Learn more

Faculty and staff

Teaching faculty include SU Law Professor Paula Lustbader, a nationally noted scholar on learning and diversity; G. Andrew H. Benjamin, J.D., Ph.D., ABBP, Affiliate Professor of Law and Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington; and Timothy Jaasko-Fisher, J.D., Director of the Court Improvement Training Academy. Read more

Significant others

Spouses and significant others are encouraged to join us for meals and selected excursions and programs. Optional classes in Italian cooking and raku pottery also are available. Costs for a partner are $1,650 - $1,850 plus air fare and additional fees where applicable. Read more about guest activities