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

Continuing Legal and Judicial Education in Seattle

Civility Skills: The Art of Addressing Bias CLE/CJE

 August 7, 2015

6.75 CLE ethics credits

Click to RegisterLawyers 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.

In this day-long interactive continuing legal education seminar, participants will discuss the degree to which our attitudes and values are shaped by our background and experiences, explore ways to examine our own biases and assumptions as well as those of others, and develop and practice skills to address these issues in a civil manner that promotes justice.

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Early-bird Registration Fees*

  • General Registration $195
  • Employed by a Non-Profit or Govt. Entity $175
  • Seattle University Law School Alumni $165
  • Scholarship Recipient: $50 (see below for application)
  • SU Law Students, Staff, and Faculty: Free

*Early-bird registration is available through July 31, 2015, thereafter add $40 to the registration fee.

Need-based scholarship information

As part of our mission, Robert's Fund is pleased to offer a limited number of need-based scholarships for all CLE/CJE seminars. Scholarship applications for this seminar must be submitted by July 30, 2015. Click here to download the scholarship application (or right-click and choose "Save As...").

Seminar Presenters

  • Justice Steven C. González, J.D., Washington State Supreme Court
  • Tim Jaasko-Fisher, J.D., M.A., Assistant Director of Programming and Curriculum, Robert's Fund; and Co-Director, Court Improvement Training Academy, University of Washington School of Law
  • Jessica Levin, J.D., Staff Attorney, Korematsu Center
  • Paula Lustbader, J.D., President, Robert’s Fund; and Director of the Academic Resource Center and Professor, Seattle University School of Law
  • Judge Harry J. McCarthy, J.D., King County Superior Court (retired)
  • Steve Reinmuth, J.D., Chief of the Washington Attorney General's Office Labor and Industries Division
  • Craig Sims, J.D., Chief of the Criminal Division, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
  • Stacy Smith, J.D.
  • Sheryl Willert, J.D., Member, Williams Kastner

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