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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Thursday
Oct292015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

October 29, 2015

The 8th Annual Negotiation Nuts & Bolts Conference
Seattle, WA

Paula Lustbader, Professor Emeritus of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert’s Fund, gave a presentation on fostering civility in the context of negotiation and mediation at the 8th Annual Negotiation Nuts & Bolts Conference.

View the readings and resources for this seminar.

Tuesday
Oct272015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

October 27, 2015

Attorney General’s Office Ethics Continuing Legal Education
Tumwater, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the Attorney General’s Office Ethics Continuing Legal Education.

View the readings and resources for this seminar.

Thursday
Oct082015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

October 10, 2015

American Judges Association Conference/Washington State Judges Fall Conference
Seattle, WA

Mary E. Fairhurst, Justice, Washington State Supreme Court; Consultant for Robert’s Fund gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the American Judges Association Conference/Washington State Judges Fall Conference.

What participants had to say about this program:

"Excellent session because it was applicable no matter what jurisdiction or type of court.”

“These skills will give me food for thought in assessing myself and others.”

“Gave me some new ideas regarding working with judges / attorneys.”

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Sunday
Sep062015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

September 8, 2015

Skagit County Bar Association CLE
Mount Vernon, WA

Paula Lustbader, Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert’s Fund, gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the Skagit County Bar Association.

View the readings and resources for this seminar.

Thursday
Aug272015

Practical Tools for Promoting a More Civil Approach to Law

August 27, 2015

The 38th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference
Monterey, CA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development; Paula Lustbader, Professor Emeritus of Law, Seattle University School of Law, and President of Robert’s Fund; and Andrew Yost, Senior Staff Attorney at the National Association of Counsel for Children, gave a presentation on promoting civility in the child welfare system at the 38th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference.

Friday
Aug072015

Civility Skills: The Art of Addressing Bias CLE/CJE in Seattle

August 7, 2015

6.75 CLE ethics credits

Lawyers and judges promote justice when they address biases and assumptions effectively. Two integral components of civility are being aware of our own biases and assumptions and being able to respond to those of others. Our past experiences and cultural backgrounds influence how we operate in the world. Everyone has biases and assumptions; we need them to survive. But problems arise when we act without taking time to examine these assumptions and how they impact the way we operate in the world. Likewise, the assumptions and biases of others can have a significant impact on the choices available to us in a given situation. Developing skills to navigate these situations effectively can promote a more civil and just legal system.

Wednesday
Aug052015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

August 5, 2015

Washington State Department of Health CLE
Tumwater, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the Washington State Department of Health.

View the readings and resources for this seminar.

What participants had to say about this program:

“One of the best speakers I’ve heard AND great content!”

“Super helpful and informative presentation.”

“I have more power over how I react to other’s incivility than I previously believed."

Thursday
Jul162015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

July 16, 2015

Asian Bar Association of Washington
Seattle, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the Asian Bar Association of Washington.

View the readings and resources for this seminar.

Friday
Jun262015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

June 26, 2015

Washington State Attorney General’s Office Labor and Industry Division
Tumwater, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, and Paula Lustbader, Professor Emeritus of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert’s Fund, gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office Labor and Industry Division.

View the readings and resources for this seminar.

Tuesday
Jun022015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

June 4, 2015

WSBA LAMP Section CLE
Seattle, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the Washington State Bar Association LAMP Section.

View the readings and resources for this seminar.

Wednesday
May132015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

May 15, 2015

WSBA Business Law Section Mid-Year Meeting
Seattle, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development and Paula Lustbader, Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert’s Fund gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession at the WSBA Business Law Section mid-year meeting.

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Monday
May112015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

May 13, 2015

Mason County Bar Association CLE
Shelton, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the Mason County Bar Association.

View the readings and resources for this seminar.

Wednesday
Apr222015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

April 24, 2015

Washington State Society of Health Care Attorneys
Seattle, WA

Mary E. Fairhurst, Justice, Washington State Supreme Court; Consultant for Robert’s Fund gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the Washington State Society of Health Care Attorneys.

View the readings and resources for this seminar.

Wednesday
Apr082015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

April 10, 2015

Pacific County Bar Association CLE
Pacific County, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the Pacific County Bar Association.

View the readings and resources for this seminar.

Download the seminar handout and Powerpoint.

Tuesday
Mar172015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

March 19, 2015

East King County Bar Association CLE
Bellevue, WA

Paula Lustbader, Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert’s Fund, gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the East King County Bar Association.

View the readings and resources for this seminar.

Download the seminar handout and Powerpoint.

Friday
Mar132015

Civility Skills: The Art of Listening CLE/CJE in Seattle

March 13, 2015 

Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, Washington

Presenters Lisa Brodoff, J.D., Director, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, and Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law; Tim Jaasko-Fisher, J.D., M.A., Director of Programming and Curriculum, Robert's Fund; Paula Lustbader, J.D., President, Robert’s Fund; and Director of the Academic Resource Center and Professor, Seattle University School of Law; and Craig Sims, J.D., Chief of the Criminal Division, Seattle City Attorney’s Office facilitated this interactive and engaging CLE seminar.  During this seminar, participants' enhanced their listening skills to foster civility in the legal profession; they examined the value of listening; they explored ways in which listeners demonstrate they have heard; they identified challenges to listening; they discussed strategies to improve listening skills, and they practiced effective listening.  Click here for the Presentation PowerPoint, the handout, and a table of contents to the readings and resources.  

Based upon their experience in the seminar, participants wrote:

I was inspired by all the presenters.

I loved the participation and active learning and the opportunity to connect lawyering to the rest of my life.

This should be a mandatory CLE for every attorney.

Great dialogue and openness.  A wonderful day.

This was an awesome CLE- Thanks!

Thursday
Mar122015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

March 13, 2015

State of Washington Attorney General’s Office
Tumwater, WA

Mary E. Fairhurst, Justice, Washington State Supreme Court; Consultant for Robert’s Fund gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession to the Attorney General’s Office as part of their CLE-Lite series.

Sunday
Sep282014

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

September 28 - October 6, 2014

Friday
Aug082014

The Foundations of Civility CLE/CJE in Seattle

August 8-9, 2014

Robert’s Fund would like to thank our wonderful participants and presenters Judge Paul Bastine, Dr. G. Andrew H. Benjamin, Professor Dave Boerner, Professor Lisa Brodoff, Justice Mary E. Fairhurst, Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Judge Eric Z. Lucas, Professor Paula Lustbader, Division Chief Craig Sims, Sumeer Singla, Susan Shulenberger, and Justice Mary I. Yu, M.A., J.D., Washington State Supreme Court.

In this 2-day intensive seminar, we explored and discussed characteristics of civility, the costs of incivility, the benefits of civility, the foundations of civility, and strategies to foster civility. Our group of engaging participants enriched the experience for all as they reflected upon the ideals of our profession, revitalized their commitment to their practice, and addressed relevant areas in their personal and professional lives to enable them to foster civility in their practice and promote justice for their clients. 

Based upon their experience in the seminar, participants wrote that:

I realized that we need to show respect and courtesy to others even if we can’t reach agreement.”

“This seminar confirmed that I need to listen and fill less space in the room as a leader.”

I plan to create a habit of focusing on the issue behind the uncivil behavior than the than the behavior itself.”

“If I have to choose between the cleverest response and the kindest response, I will go with kindness.”

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

Tuesday
Jul012014

Exploring Civility in the Legal Profession

July 2014

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Convention CLE

Justices Mary Fairhurst, Susan Owens, and Debra Stephens from the Washington State Supreme Court gave a presentation on civility in the legal profession.