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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. Click below to jump to each presenter or scroll down for more information:

Wednesday
Dec042013

G. Andrew H. Benjamin, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP

Director, Parenting Evaluation/Training Program (PETP), Clinical Professor of Psychology, and Affiliate Professor of Law at University of Washington School of Law

G. Andrew H. Benjamin was named "Professional of the Year" by the Washington State Bar Association's Family Law Section while working with families engaged in high-conflict litigation and lawyer suffering from mental health and substance abuse problems. He was elected to serve as President of the Washington State Psychological Association; his colleagues created an award named after him for "outstanding and tireless contributions." He was honored by the Puyallup Indian Nation's Health Authority for serving as a "modern day warrior fighting the mental illnesses, drug-alcohol addictions" of those served by the Nation's program. He has published 63 peer reviewed articles in Psychology, Law, and Psychiatry journals and is the author of four books published by APA and one book published by Sage.

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Wednesday
Dec042013

Timothy Jaasko-Fisher, M.A., J.D.

Assistant Director of Programming and Curriculum, Robert’s Fund; Director of the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington School of Law

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 founding director of the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington School of Law, Mr. Jaasko-Fisher has consulted with courts across Washington State since 2007 to improve their response to child abuse and neglect. Using a systems-based approach, he helps court communities engage in meaningful conversations across disciplines to improve their process, relationships, and outcomes. As a member of the federal Quality Improvement Center on Youth Representation curriculum team, he has provided training and consultation for a nationally focused program designed to improve the quality of youth representation in child welfare proceedings. In 2010, he was awarded the Lee Ann Miller Award for outstanding leadership in furthering the goals of the Washington State Children’s Justice Act.

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Wednesday
Jun062012

Paula Lustbader, J.D.

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

Professor Paula Lustbader is best known nationally in the legal education academy and the Seattle legal community for the passion and energy she brings 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 26 years, she has provided instruction, support, and mentorship to law students from underrepresented groups and, in the process, has been instrumental in changing the face of the legal profession. She has touched the lives of more than 800 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.

The Washington State Bar Association recognized Professor Lustbader’s outstanding contributions by naming her co-recipient of the organization’s Award for Excellence in Diversity (2006). In 2010, she received the Loren Miller Bar Association President’s Award for her role in increasing the diversity in the legal profession.

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Wednesday
Jun062012

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.

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Wednesday
Jun062012

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.

Wednesday
Jun062012

Craig Sims, J.D.

Chief of the Criminal Division, Seattle City Attorney’s Office

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.

Before joining Fury Bailey, Mr. Sims enjoyed a distinguished 10-year career as a senior deputy prosecuting attorney with the King County Prosecutor's Office. During that time, he represented the public in over 100 trials. His career as a prosecutor also included a multi-year assignment to the Most Dangerous Offender Program. While a member of the program, Mr. Sims prosecuted several homicides and other high-profile cases. One of his most notable prosecutions was State v. William Joice, in which the defendant was a civil defense attorney convicted of the attempted murder of his opposing counsel. Mr. Sims’ career demonstrates his passion for helping those who have been harmed by others.

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Wednesday
Jun062012

Nicoletta Machiavelli

On-site Travel Guide and Translator

Nicoletta Machiavelli was born in the countryside near Modena and raised in Florence, Italy, and is owner-operator of VIAVI tours, which stands for Life, Adventure, Travel. She has been a resident of Seattle since 1988 and is an Italian language and cooking instructor with a passion of sharing with her students the “authentic Italy.”

www.italiaviavi.com

Wednesday
Jun062012

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