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 Listening CLE/CJE

Seattle, Washington | July 29, 2016

7 Credits, including 2 ethics credits pending

About the Seminar

Click to RegisterLawyers and judges are the face and symbolic heart of justice. When lawyers and judges listen well, they foster civility and promote justice. Effective listening builds the public’s confidence in the system, promotes efficiency by reducing costs and ensuring greater compliance with court orders, and increases the likelihood of just and fair results. Research has shown that a critical factor in our justice system is for litigants to feel heard. When we listen with consciousness, creativity, and a sense of community, we foster civility. Effective listening requires more than simply hearing spoken words. It requires us to approach the communication with openness, respect, and curiosity; to observe non-verbal communication; to “read between the lines” of written communication; and to consider the context of the situation and the speaker.

In this day-long interactive seminar, participants will examine the value of listening, identify challenges to listening, discuss strategies for effective listening, explore ways in which listeners demonstrate that they have heard, and cultivate their own listening skills.

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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: $25
  • Seattle University School of Law Students, Staff, and Faculty: Free

*Early-bird fees are available through July 22, 2016, 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 fee-reduction scholarships for all CLE/CJE seminars. For this seminar, we offer partial cost scholarships. Scholarship applications for this seminar must be submitted by Tuesday, July 19, 2016.
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Seminar Presenters

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Tim Jaasko-Fisher, J.D., M.A., Senior Director of Programming and Curriculum, Robert's Fund; and Co-Director, Court Improvement Training Academy, University of Washington School of Law
  • Paula Lustbader, J.D., President, Robert’s Fund; Professor of Law Emerita and Past Director of the Academic Resource Center at Seattle University School of Law
  • Craig Sims, J.D., Trial Attorney, Bergman Draper Ladenburg
  • Justice Mary I. Yu, M.A., J.D., Washington State Supreme Court

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