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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

Programs for Law Schools

Robert’s Fund is a non-profit foundation dedicated to fostering civility in the legal profession. The foundation works to elevate the way we treat one another 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. Legal professionals profoundly influence society, even outside their formal work, as their behavior often sets the tenor of corporate, political, and social interactions. Robert’s Fund provides continuing legal education seminars in partnership with Seattle University School of Law, as well as private consulting and programming with organizations comprised of legal professionals.

Now in its sixth year, Robert’s Fund is reaching out to other law schools with its message that civility is critical to the practice of law and the pursuit of justice. We are currently offering law schools a package that includes a one-hour program on professionalism and civility for law students; a one- or two-hour faculty development program focusing on how to develop a pedagogy that fosters professionalism and civility within the classroom and institution; and a one-hour CLE-credit-application-ready program for the alumni of the law school. We believe this three-tiered approach will have the greatest impact as we present incentives and strategies for increasing civility in our profession to the newest members of our profession, to the faculty who help shape lawyers, and to current practitioners.

As a non-profit seeking to deliver its message to the widest possible audience of legal professionals, Robert’s Fund offers extremely cost-effective programs. Generally speaking, the foundation seeks only reimbursement for expenses and an honorarium in the form of a contribution to Robert’s Fund. This package allows law schools a cost-efficient way to introduce the critical issue of civility in our profession to its students and faculty and, as a bonus, provides a ready-made opportunity to offer a highly relevant and useful CLE program for law school alumni.

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For further information, please contact Genevieve Geiger, Robert’s Fund Program Manager, at 206-398-4140, or email willia83@seattleu.edu.