Civility is more than politeness, compassion, and integrity, though it certainly includes these qualities. Civility is a set of attitudes, behaviors, and skills that call upon us to respect others, to remain open-minded, and to engage in honest and constructive discourse. Civility benefits businesses by creating satisfied clients and reducing costs. It benefits individuals by reducing stress and promoting healthy relationships. And civility promotes a just and healthy society by de-escalating conflict and inspiring service as volunteers. We behave civilly by actively listening to others, by understanding our own biases and assumptions, and by treating others as we would like to be treated. In order to understand our inherent biases, we need to engage in difficult but necessary conversations about race, gender, otherness, and values. Civility calls upon us to advocate effectively without losing our humanity and to challenge ourselves to make a contribution to our world.

Our initiatives and programs strive to elevate individuals’ levels of consciousness, creativity, and community – elements essential to the pursuit of civility.

  • Consciousness increases our emotional intelligence, thereby helping us to understand the ways our own emotions may cause us to behave uncivilly, enabling us to better self-regulate our emotions, and equipping us to realize how our actions impact others.
  • Creativity provides an outlet for self-discovery and reflection, an opportunity to see different perspectives, and flexibility in finding solutions to problems and resolutions to conflicts.
  • Community enables us to avoid isolation and connect with our fellow human beings, encourages us to recognize that the benefits we enjoy should be balanced by service to others, and enhances our ability to make a difference by joining forces with our neighbors.


Continuing Legal and Judicial Education Seminar in Italy

The Civility Center for the Law offers a retreat-like 7-day CLE/CJE seminar in Tuscany, Italy, every spring.  View past CLE/CJE seminars »

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Civility Promise CLE/CJE
for Legal Professionals

April 14–22, 2018 | 30 (incl. 8 ethics) credits | Sovana, Italy


Custom Programs for the Profession

The Civility Center for the Law offers a wide range of custom CLE/CJE programming options for law firms, court staff, and other organizations of legal professionals. Our consultants collaborate with other professional development organization and speak at their conferences and programs. In addition, we work with organizations to develop a custom program or training and will provide all necessary documentation for CLE/CJE accreditation.  View past programs »

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Custom Programs for Law Schools

The Civility Center for the Law offers custom programming for law schools. Our consultants offer services for law schools designed to increase civility and tailored for students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

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