May 2–3, 2016
Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund, presented Civility Skills: Understanding the impact of bias on civility in the law and what to do about itat the Washington State Children’s Justice Conference to over 70 attendees. Mr. Jaasko-Fisher explained that justice is best served when biases and assumptions are effectively addressed. Two integral components of civility are being aware of our own biases and assumptions and being able to respond to those of others. Everyone has biases and assumptions; we need them to survive. But problems arise when we act without examining these assumptions and how they impact the way we operate in the world. Likewise, biases and assumptions that others hold can impact the choices available to us in a given situation. During the seminar, program participants developed skills to navigate these situations effectively to promote a more civil and just legal system.