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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

Program Schedule

Please note that this itinerary is subject to modifications.

Day 1 – 4/14/18: Arrival / Defining civility

  • 13:30–16:30    Bus from Fiumicino Airport to Sovana
  • 18:00–19:30    CLE: Defining civility (spouses/guests invited to attend this session)
  • 19:30–20:30    Welcome reception with wine and appetizers – Sovana Hotel & Resort

Day 2 – 4/15/18: Introducing civility; why civility matters; foundations of civility

  • 08:00–  9:30    Breakfast
  • 09:30–12:00    CLE: Client voice and the lawyer-client relationship
  • 12:00–13:30    CLE: Why civility matters
  • 13:30–15:00    Lunch
  • 15:00–18:00    CLE: Foundations of civility 
  • 18:00–20:00    Break
  • 20:00–22:30    Dinner in Sovana at Taverna Etrusca

Day 3 – 4/16/18: Precursors and costs of incivility; benefits of civility

  • 08:00–  9:30    Breakfast
  • 09:30–11:45    CLE: Precursors and costs of incivility
  • 11:45–12:15    CLE: Is incivility in the rules?
  • 12:15–13:30    CLE: Articulating the benefits of civility
  • 13:30–14:30    Lunch
  • 14:30–15:30    Break
  • 15:30–19:00    Excursion 1: Sovana tour and Etruscan tombs
  • 19:00–              Dinner on your own – Sovana or Pitigliano*
  • Option to return on the bus to Sovana or go to Pitigliano for the evening and return at 22:00

Day 4 – 4/17/18: Civility excursion

  • 08:00–09:30    Breakfast
  • 09:30–10:00    Meet in the main square for group photo
  • 10:00–11:30    Travel to Porto Santo Stefano
  • 12:00–14:30    Lunch at seafood restaurant in Porto Santo Stefano
  • 15:00–15:45    Travel to Il Giardino dei Tarocchi
  • 15:45–17:15    Il Giardino dei Tarocchi
  • 17:15–17:30    Travel to Capalbio
  • 17:30–18:30    Capalbio
  • 18:30–19:30    Travel to Sovana
  • 19:30–              Dinner on your own Sovana*

Day 5 – 4/18/18: Personal strategies to foster civility

  • 08:00–  9:30    Breakfast
  • 09:30–10:45    CLE: How assumptions impact us personally
  • 10:45–13:30    CLE: Exploring creative lawyering through art
  • 13:30–15:00    Lunch
  • 15:00–16:30    CLE: The science of consciousness, creativity, and community
  • 16:30–16:45    Break
  • 16:45–18:00    CLE: Understanding implicit bias and cross-cultural competence
  • 19:00–20:00    Optional wine tasting in Sovana*
  • 20:00–22:00    Dinner in Sovana at Restaurant Merli

Day 6 – 4/19/18: Interpersonal strategies to foster civility

  • 08:00–  9:30    Breakfast
  • 09:30–10:45    CLE: Concepts of civility applied
  • 10:45–11:00    Break
  • 11:00–13:30    CLE: The civility of listening
  • 13:30–15:30    Lunch
  • 15:30–18:00    Optional Excursion 2: Pitigliano tour
  • 18:00–19:30    Shopping and free time in Pitigliano   
  • 19:30–23:00    Dinner on own in Sovana or Pitigliano (optional tasting dinner at Il Tufo Allegro)*

Day 7 – 4/20/18: Engaging others with civility

  • 08:00–  9:30     Breakfast
  • 09:30–13:30    CLE: Preparing to re-enter existing relationships and communities
  • 13:30–15:00    Lunch
  • 15:00–16:00    CLE: Lawyers as leaders
  • 16:00–16:15    Break
  • 16:15–17:45    CLE: Strategies for leading in a civility movement
  • 17:45–18:30    CLE: Civility Tai Chi
  • 18:30–19:30    Optional olive-oil tasting at Sovana olive-oil press
  • 19:30–              Dinner on your own – Sovana*

Day 8 – 4/21/18: Igniting a culture of civility

  • 08:00–  9:30     Breakfast
  • 09:30–10:30    CLE: Summarize lessons learned
  • 10:30–12:30    CLE: Develop an action plan to foster civility
  • 12:30–13:00    CLE: Reflection and evaluation
  • 13:00–13:30    CLE: Conclusion
  • 13:30–15:00    Lunch on your own*
  • 15:00–18:30    Excursion 3: Sorano city and fortress tour*
  • 18:30–20:00    Break
  • 20:00–22:30    Etruscan banquet in Sovana at Taverna Etrusca

Day 9 – 4/22/18: Depart Sovana

  • 08:00–10:00    Breakfast and hotel check out
  • 10:00               Bus to Fiumicino Airport, Rome (2.5–3 hours)

*Cost not included in registration fee

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