The Civility Promise From the Bench: Judicial Roundtables
The purpose of these judicial roundtables is: 1) to gain a better understanding of how judges promote civility in their courts; 2) to learn how judges perceive the role of civility in the legal profession; 3) to learn how judges identify factors that lead to incivility; and 4) to learn what judges want and need to be able to sustain their own enthusiasm for the job; and 5) to glean advice for lawyers and clients on how to foster civility and how civil behavior will ensure a better result.
Spokane Judicial Roundtable: December 14, 2012, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Red Lion at the Park Hotel
303 West North River Drive
Spokane, WA 99201
Judges are invited to join Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst, Seattle University School of Law Professor Paula Lustbader, and Director of the Court Improvement Training Academy Tim Jaasko-Fisher for an engaging conversation on civility and the judicial profession.
Why create a special initiative for judges?
As the primary manager of courtrooms, judges have the primary responsibility for establishing an environment where a fair and respectful process can be nurtured. Judges set the tone for that environment by the way judges communicate expectations of attorneys and the code of professional conduct that is required; by how judges model communication and express empathy; and by how judges work to promote justice. Having practiced law, judges also understand the unique economic and client challenges that many lawyers face and can provide insight in how to handle the seemingly competing interests. As leaders, judges also have served on committees within the Bar associations and community organizations and understand the dynamics that give rise to less than civil behavior. Judges are in a unique position to influence how law is practiced today and how important it is to cultivate civility in all aspects of our practice.