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

Past Programs

Robert’s Fund is committed to developing innovative CLE/CJE seminars, as well as custom presentations and other programs, to integrate civility more fully into the legal profession. In addition to our other distinguished staff and consultants, presenters at our seminars have included Washington Supreme Court Justices Mary Fairhurst and Steven González, as well as internationally renowned negotiation and mediation expert Professor Guiseppe de Palo.

Read more about Robert's Fund's previous events, including continuing legal and judicial education seminars, judicial roundtables, consulting and custom programs, and Civility Promise alumni activities.

Continuing Legal and Judicial Education

Intensive CLE/CJE seminars created for legal professionals offered in the United States and Italy.
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Consulting and Custom Programs

Custom presentations and strategies designed to increase civility in law firms and other organizations of legal professionals.
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Friday
Mar072014

The Ethics of Civility CLE/CJE

March 2014

We'd like to thank our presenters David Boerner, Lisa Brodoff, Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Patricia Lally, Gretchen Leanderson, Paula Lustbader, Judge Richard R. McMermott, Craig Sims, and Catherine Walker as well as all the participants who engaged in this interesting and thought provoking seminar that explored the differences and similarities between ethics, professionalism, and civility; examine the relevant portions of the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct; and identify strategies to increase ethical, professional, and civil behavior within the profession.

“This CLE should be a required course for all Washington lawyers.”

Comments about the presenters included: “Great energy, [their] passion for [the] subject is contagious;” “excellent and very powerful; sparked a great conversation; and very creative.”

Based upon the seminar respondents said they plan to do the following: “To be a better example of a professional lawyer–represent integrity, ethics, and professionalism in dealing with people – [emulate] the golden rule.”

“Be grounded in [my]self and practice humility.”

“Mindfulness and self-care makes me a better attorney.”

Robert’s Fund offers CLE/CJE seminars in Seattle every spring and summer. Learn more about upcoming seminars in Seattle

Saturday
Oct052013

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

October 2013

Robert’s Fund would like to thank all who came to historic and beautiful Sovana for this 8-day seminar on civility in the legal profession.

The seminar included lectures, discussions, and interactive exercises designed to foster civility, complemented by guided excursions through the nearby villages and beautiful countryside.

“Most useful was the realization that civility issues (or incivility) are like the tip of the iceberg for much broader and larger personal issues.”

“In terms of fostering civility in the profession, I now feel I have the tools to improve my interactions with negotiations and people in general.”

“The program helped me to feel more whole. I feel satisfied and I feel like I have a path to my life’s purpose.”

“It was most useful that the CLE was held far away from home/practice/everyday life.”

“The best thing about the seminar is the opportunity to connect with other lawyers in a setting away from home and responsibility. The interactive exercises allow that.”

“I never expected to develop the deep and meaningful connections to the others in the seminar. This has never happened to me before, and I will always value it.”

Robert’s Fund offers these intensive seminars in Italy every spring and fall. Learn more about upcoming seminars in Italy

Thursday
Aug152013

Civility and Cross-Cultural Communication CLE/CJE

August 2013

Robert's Fund would like to thank all who joined us for this seminar.

A key component of civility is increasing our awareness of how our culturally based assumptions and biases influence our interactions with others. Extensive research, especially in the field of anthropology, has facilitated a better understanding of how cultural differences impact our interactions. This seminar introduced the fundamentals of civility and key research about cross-cultural understandings. It also suggested practical approaches to achieve more effective cross-cultural encounters. A key part of the presentation was devoted to building the participants’ own cultural profile and familiarizing them with the fundamental societal values that shape how people think and act. This nuanced understanding will empower them to interact more effectively with people from other cultural groups, well beyond what anecdotes and stereotypes offer.

“Excellent speakers and a good use of my time.”

“Very informative seminar, lively and creative presenters.”

“One of the best presentations I have heard in my life.”

“Opened my eyes.”

Robert’s Fund offers CLE/CJE seminars in Seattle every spring and summer. Learn more about upcoming seminars in Seattle

Friday
Jul122013

Exploring Civility in the Profession: Snohomish County Bar Association Family Law Section

July 2013

A 60-minute program presented for the SCBA.

Saturday
May182013

Exploring Civility in the Profession: Williams Kastner Partner Retreat

May 2013

A 90-minute CLE program presented at the Williams Kastner Partner Retreat.

Thursday
Mar072013

Civility Mural Unveiling and Reception in Seattle, Washington

March 2013

This mural, created by 18 lawyers and judges during the April 2012 Civility Promise Seminar in Tuscany, is now installed permanently in Judge Mary Yu’s King County Superior Courtroom. It symbolizes the value of civility in the service of justice in our profession.

Many thanks to all who joined us at the mural unveiling! View the event recap

Thursday
Mar072013

Civility Promise Alumni Dinner in Seattle, Washington

March 2013

Following the civility mural unveiling and reception in Judge Yu's courtroom, alumni of The Civility Promise seminars reconnected with each other over a sumptuous meal. Held in the Chinese Room at the historic Smith Tower in downtown Seattle, the dinner was accompanied by lively conversation and brief remarks from Professor Paula Lustbader, Robert's Fund President. All enjoyed a wonderful evening as they took in panoramic views of the city skyline and renewed their commitment to civility in the legal profession.

Friday
Mar012013

Civility: Why it Matters and Strategies to Foster It: Family Law Conference

March 2013

A 30-minute CLE program tailored for the 19th Annual Family Law Conference of the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Seattle, WA.

Friday
Mar012013

The Foundations of Civility in the Legal Profession

March 2013

Robert's Fund would like to thank all who joined us for this seminar.

During this intensive day-long program, attendees engaged in a retreat-like dialogue about civility. After exploring the characteristics of civility, participants discussed the costs of incivility, the benefits of civility, and strategies to foster civility within their personal and professional lives. In addition to traditional lectures and presentations, this immersion seminar included interactive exercises.

“This was so different from other CLEs. I really liked it. The interaction was great.”

“Great exercises. I really appreciated the interactions with other attendees”

Robert’s Fund offers CLE/CJE seminars in Seattle every spring and summer. Learn more about upcoming seminars in Seattle

Friday
Feb012013

Exploring Civility in the Legal Profession: Legal Externship Supervisor Training

February 2013

A 2-hour CLE program tailored for Seattle University and University of Washington Legal Externship Supervisor Training, Seattle, WA.

Friday
Feb012013

Exploring Civility in the Legal Profession: Inn of Court

February 2013

A 2-hour CLE program tailored for the William Dwyer Inn of Court, Seattle, WA.

Saturday
Dec012012

The Civility Promise from the Bench

December 2012

A roundtable discussion with judges held in Spokane, WA.

Monday
Oct012012

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

October 2012

Robert’s Fund would like to thank all who came to historic and beautiful Sovana for this 8-day seminar on civility in the legal profession.

The seminar included lectures, discussions, and interactive exercises designed to foster civility, complemented by guided excursions through the nearby villages and beautiful countryside.

Robert’s Fund offers these intensive seminars in Italy every spring and fall. Learn more about upcoming seminars in Italy

Saturday
Sep012012

The Civility Promise for the Legal Profession: Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson Firm Retreat

September 2012

A 2-hour CLE program tailored for Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson Law Firm Retreat, Cle Elum, WA.

Wednesday
Aug012012

Civility and the Life of a Lawyer: Seattle University Seminar

August 2012

A 2-hour program tailored for a Seattle University School of Law Communication and Conflict Resolution Seminar, Seattle, WA.

Wednesday
Aug012012

Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Civility: Tips for Success: WSBA Section on Litigation

August 2012

A 1-hour CLE program tailored for the WSBA Section on Litigation Annual Conference, Seattle, WA

Wednesday
Aug012012

Civility in the Legal Profession: National Assn. of Hispanic Lawyers

August 2012

A 1-hour CLE program tailored for the National Association of Hispanic Lawyers Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

Wednesday
Aug012012

Fostering Ethics, Care and Respect for All Involved in the Dependency System: Court Improvement Program

August 2012

A 2.5-hour CLE program tailored for the Reasonable Efforts Symposium, Best Practices in Dependency for the Administrative Office for the Courts Court Improvement Program, Pasco, WA.

Sunday
Jul012012

The Civility Promise from the Bench

July 2012

A roundtable discussion with judges held in Olympia, WA.

Sunday
Apr012012

The Civility Promise in Tuscany

April 2012

Robert’s Fund would like to thank all who came to historic and beautiful Sovana for this 8-day seminar on civility in the legal profession.

The seminar included lectures, discussions, and interactive exercises designed to foster civility, complemented by guided excursions through the nearby villages and beautiful countryside.

Robert’s Fund offers these intensive seminars in Italy every spring and fall. Learn more about upcoming seminars in Italy