In an era too often marked by acts of incivility, the Robert’s Fund Civility Center for the Law at Seattle University School of Law 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 our mission and history »
Civility is more than politeness, compassion, and integrity. 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. This focus enables us to reduce transaction costs and realize better results. Civility benefits business by creating satisfied clients and reducing costs. It benefits the practitioner by reducing stress and promoting healthy relationships. And civility promotes justice by de-escalating conflict and inspiring pro bono service. 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.
Finally, we behave civilly when we commit ourselves to a cause and challenge ourselves to make a contribution to our world.
Continuing Legal and Judicial Education Seminar in Italy
The Robert’s Fund Civility Center for the Law offers a retreat-like 8-day CLE/CJE seminar in Tuscany, Italy, every spring. View past CLE/CJE seminars »
Custom Programs for the Profession
The Robert’s Fund 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 »
Custom Programs for Law Schools
The Robert’s Fund 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.