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

The Civility Promise: Foundations of Civility CLE/CJE

Registration is OPEN August 8-9, 2014

14 CLE Credits (9.75 General and 4.25 Ethics) pending

Co-sponsored by Robert’s Fund and Seattle University School of Law 

Civility in law practice benefits clients, practitioners, the profession, and the pursuit of justice. Furthermore, the costs of incivility extend beyond economics and time. Incivility impacts the mental and physical health of all who are involved in the system, and it impairs the pursuit of justice.  The Civility Promise: Foundations of Civility seminar provides an overview of the issues related to incivility, as well as strategies on how to effectively foster civility within our profession.  In this 2-day intensive seminar, we will strive to create a retreat-like seminar. Through a series of lectures from prominent practitioners and judges, interactive exercises, and group discussion, we will explore and discuss characteristics of civility, the costs of incivility, the benefits of civility, the foundations of civility, and strategies to foster civility. Participants will also have the opportunity to reflect on the ideals of our profession, revitalize their commitment to their practice, and address relevant areas in their personal and professional lives to enable them to foster civility in their practice and promote justice for their clients. View the seminar schedule

Seminar Presenters

  • Judge Paul Bastine, J.D., Retired Superior Court Judge, Spokane County Superior Court
  • G. Andrew H. Benjamin, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP, Director, Parenting Evaluation/Training Program (PETP), Clinical Professor of Psychology, and Affiliate Professor of Law, University of Washington
  • Dave Boerner, J.D., Professor Emeritus, Seattle University School of Law
  • Lisa Brodoff, J.D., Director, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, and Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law
  • Justice Mary E. Fairhurst, 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
  • Paula Lustbader, J.D., President, Robert’s Fund; and Director of the Academic Resource Center and Professor, Seattle University School of Law
  • Craig Sims, J.D., Chief of the Criminal Division, Seattle City Attorney’s Office
  • Sumeer Singla, J.D., Assistant Seattle City Prosecutor and Director, City Attorney’s Office Trial Advocacy Institute
  • Justice Mary I. Yu, M.A., J.D., Washington State Supreme Court

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Early-bird Registration Fees*

  • General Registration $395
  • Employed by a Non-Profit or Govt. Entity $375
  • Seattle University Law School Alumni $355
  • Scholarship Recipient: see application
  • SU Law Students, Staff, and Faculty: Free

*Early-bird registration is available through August 1, 2014, thereafter add $50 to the registration fee.

Need-based scholarship information

As part of our mission, Robert's Fund is pleased to offer a limited number of sliding scale need-based fee-reduction scholarships for all CLE/CJE seminars. Scholarship applications for this 2-day seminar must be submitted by Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Click here to download the scholarship application (or right-click and choose "Save As...").