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.
View past CLE/CJE seminars

Consulting and Custom Programs

Custom presentations and strategies designed to increase civility in law firms and other organizations of legal professionals.
View past consulting and custom programs

 


Thursday
Dec222016

The WSBA Civility Survey: Promoting the Civil practice of Law

December 2016

The WSBA Civility Survey: Promoting the Civil practice of Law, co-authored by Lisa Brodoff and Tim Jaasko-Fisher was published in the Dec. / Jan. edition of NW Lawyer Magazine.  The article may be viewed here:  http://nwlawyer.wsba.org/nwlawyer/dec_2016_jan_2017?pg=22#pg22

Wednesday
Dec212016

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

December 21, 2016

Pierce County Family Law Bar
Tacoma, WA

Presenter: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development

This presentation was given over the lunch hour to approximately 50 family law lawyers in Pierce County, WA.

Thursday
Nov102016

Civility Pays: The Business Case for a Civil and more Ethical Practice of Law

November 10, 2016

Wenatchee, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave a 1.5-hour presentation for Volunteer Attorney Services to approximately 30 people.

The session was part of a larger program offered to attorneys who provide volunteer legal services across Washington State with an emphasis on those serving Eastern Washington. Washington State Superior Court Commissioner Bart Vandergrift served as a special guest following the program and was interviewed about how the concepts presented played out in the local courts.

Saturday
Oct222016

Civility Skills: Understanding the Impact of Bias on Civility in the Law

October 17, 2016

Airway Heights, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave a 1.5-hour presentation for the WA Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Conference to approximately 30 attorneys and volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in abuse and neglect cases.

Monday
Oct172016

Civility Skills: Understanding the Impact of Bias on Civility in the Law

October 17, 2016

Centralia, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave a 1.5-hour presentation for the WA Administrative Office of the Courts to approximately 75 line staff that serve as court clerks and administrators across Washington state.

Thursday
Oct132016

Foundations of Civility in the Legal Profession

October 13, 2016

Washington State Department of Licensing
Tacoma, WA 

Presenter: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development

A 1.5-hour presentation was given to approximately 40 Hearings Officers from across Washington State. They preside over administrative hearings related to professional licenses, driver’s licenses, and other administrative matters.

Friday
Oct072016

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

October 7, 2016

Alaska State Bar Association
Anchorage, AK 

Presenter: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development

This presentation to the Alaska Bar Association was given to approximately 50 attorneys.

Comments from participants included:

“This was a CLE with serious content. I would attend more if they were this educational.”

“Great presentation – very thought provoking. We need this at the bar convention.”

“Very relevant, timely, and fascinating!”

Thursday
Sep152016

Fostering Civility in Law School and the Legal Profession

September 13, 2016

Seattle, WA

Paula Lustbader, Professor Emerita of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert's Fund, gave a presentation titled Fostering Civility in Law School and the Legal Profession for the University of Washington School of Law orientation program. This presentation was given to the entire entering class of the law school.

Tuesday
Sep132016

Civility in Negotiations

September 13, 2016

Seattle, WA

Paula Lustbader, Professor Emerita of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert's Fund, gave a presentation titled Civility in Negotiations for the King County Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution. The keynote presentation focused on civility in negotiations.

Friday
Aug122016

Practical Tools for Promoting a More Civil Approach to Child Welfare Law

August 12–14, 2016

Philadelphia, PA

Paula Lustbader, Professor Emerita of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert's Fund and Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert's Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, gave a presentation titled Practical Tools for Promoting a More Civil Approach to Child Welfare Law for the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC).

This was a break-out session for a national-level conference for child welfare advocates. There were approximately 50 attorneys in attendance.

Comments from participants included:

I really related to the idea that [we] have a special responsibility for the quality of justice.”

“Civility matters, not just by being nice, but by being aware.”

Wednesday
Aug032016

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

August 3, 2016

Lake Forest Park, WA

Paula Lustbader, Professor Emerita of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert's Fund gave a presentation on fostering civility in the legal profession for the Lake Forest Park Rotary Club.

This one-hour presentation to the Rotary Club focused on the need for organizations like the Rotary Club to embrace and help foster civility.

Tuesday
Jul262016

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

July 26, 2016

Seattle, WA

Paula Lustbader, Professor Emerita of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert's Fund and Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert's Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, presented a live webcast on fostering civility in the legal profession for the Washington State Bar Association.

This 1.5-hour webcast-only event had one of the highest attendances of any Legal Lunchbox event with over 1600 registered attendees! The monthly series is targeted at members of the Washington State Bar Association.

Comments from participants included:

“I found the social and psychological research discussed as to the effects of incivility and its contagious nature to be incredibly informative. This was a particularly timely topic given the vitriolic tone of the current political campaigns.”

“Any discussion about civility is difficult because most persons, including myself, consider themselves to be civil and do not need a "Ms. Manners" refresher course. I found that the material was presented in a fresh, thoughtful manner. This presentation played to my bias in favor of speakers who present evidence based information.”

“Excellent content; of critical importance to the profession; well-presented, with a good balance of moral, practical, and philosophical considerations”

“I think every WA lawyer should be required to view this webinar – seemingly common sense approaches that unfortunately get forgotten. Really great presentation!”

Wednesday
Jul132016

Civility in Higher Education

July 13, 2016

Michigan, USA

Paula Lustbader, Professor Emerita of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert’s Fund, gave a presentation on civility in higher education to the Educational Leadership Intensive Summer Program at Central Michigan University.

Twenty graduate students convened for this one-hour skype presentation on the importance of civility in our educational systems and on ways we can work to foster civility.

Friday
Jun102016

Fostering Civility from the Bench: How our ethical codes support civil practice of law

June 10, 2016

Tacoma, WA

Presenter: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund

This one-hour presentation was given as part of a monthly continuing-education series for Pro Tem Commissioners. There were approximately 30 pro tem judicial officers in attendance.

Thursday
Jun022016

Civility Skills: Understanding the impact of bias on civility in the law

June 2–3, 2016

Yakima, WA

Presenter: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund

The Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington School of Law host bi-annual trainings for judicial officers in Washington State. They are provided to small groups, in this case 25 judicial officers, to help promote depth of understanding of the topics. This one-hour presentation was part of a larger framework being developed by CITA for developing courts that promote resilience in children, families, and professionals. The model has attracted national attention and is outlined in an article by CITA director Rob Wyman that directly notes Robert’s Fund’s work in promoting civility in the courts as an integral part of the model. The article will be published in the upcoming edition of the Juvenile and Family Court Journal.

Monday
May022016

Civility Skills: Understanding the impact of bias on civility in the law

May 2–3, 2016

Spokane, WA

Presenter: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund

The Children’s Justice Conference is a large, multi-disciplinary conference for professionals involved in the child welfare legal system across Washington State. This 1.5-hour break out session consisted of a group of approximately 40 judges, lawyers, social workers, and other child welfare law professionals. 

Comments from session participants included:

“Fantastic session that allowed me to step back and think about what is important in the legal profession.”

“Would like to see more people take this training!”

“Funny, quick pace, quick wit – no time to be bored.” 

“Even though I am in education, 99% of this session will be used by me in the classroom and with my colleagues. Thank you! Excellent presentation skills with a variety of methods.”

“Exceptionally well done!! Change my view of attorneys and gave me some good tips in moving forward with empathy and facing bias. Thank you, you're a great presenter.”

“Best session of the conference.”

Friday
Jan292016

Civility Skills: The Art of Addressing Bias

January 29, 2016

The Big Picture School
Bellevue, WA 

Presenter: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development

This one-hour presentation was to approximately 30 high-school students. The focus was on how implicit bias impacts civility and decisions in the law.

Tuesday
Jan262016

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

January 26, 2016

InVigor Law
Seattle, WA 

Presenter: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development

InVigor is a small boutique firm of 6 lawyers. This presentation was an hour-and-a-half discussion with the firm about how to promote civility within the profession, with a focus on issues stemming from cross-generation issues in the practice of law.

Tuesday
Dec012015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

December 2015

Washington State Bar Administrative Law Section
SeaTac, WA

Paula Lustbader, Professor Emerita 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 Bar Administrative Law Section.

Thursday
Oct292015

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

October 29, 2015

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

Paula Lustbader, Professor Emerita 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.