Judicial Leadership for Civility in Italy

April 11–18, 2019 | 30 CJE credits, including 8 ethics

Offered by the Civility Center for Law at Seattle University School of Law
In collaboration with the National Judicial College

Exclusive offer for Chief Justices

Given the significant and particular challenges Chief Justices encounter, the Civility Center is pleased to provide the Judicial Leadership for Civility in Italy seminar for Chief Justices only.

Fundamentally, the Chief Justices of each State Supreme Court are the guardians of the legal system and stewards of lawyers and judges in their states. As such, they are ultimately responsible for delivering justice, and the degree to which they practice and promote civility can directly enhance the quality of judicial decisions and legal representation, as well as increase public trust and confidence in the justice system.

Chief Justices are the role models for all the people who work in the legal system, and they are the ultimate face of justice for litigants and other participants in the legal system. Chief Justices manage other very intelligent and independent Justices, often with differing views. Chief Justices must facilitate deliberations in challenging cases that involve important issues.

Practicing civility improves personal health, workplace productivity, and the ability to make good decisions. Practicing civility also leads to better outcomes and promotes the interests of justice. This intensive seminar will help Chief Justices better understand the need for civility in our legal system and develop strategies to increase civility throughout all levels of the legal system.


Join us for this engaging seminar described by past participants as:

“A fantastic, rich, thoughtful program with solid materials, teaching aids and seasoned presenters. A 'MUST TAKE' seminar.”
“Incredible experience. Best CLE I have ever attended . . .
it is training for the soul.”
“One of a handful of life experiences I believe to have been personally and professionally transformative.”


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About the Italy Seminar

Set in Sovana, Tuscany, a medieval village surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, our seven-day program integrates lectures, small-group discussions, and interactive exercises. Participants earn 30 CJE credits and still have plenty of time to explore the spectacular surrounding towns of Pitigliano and Sorano, as well as Etruscan tombs, the famous Tuscan landscape, and more.


Seminar Presenters

Led by Paula Lustbader, J.D., Seattle University Professor Emerita of Law and President, Civility Center for Law, the seminar features Hon. Benes Z. Aldana, President, National Judicial College; Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, Washington State Supreme Court; Craig Sims, J.D., of counsel at Bergman Draper Ladenburg, former Chief of Criminal Division at the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, and recipient of the Washington State Bar Association’s 2011 Professionalism Award; and Timothy Jaasko-Fisher, J.D., M.A., President, TJF Consulting, and Consultant for Programming and Curriculum, Civility Center for Law.

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Cost & Registration for Chief Justices

We hope to fill all 14 seminar seats with Chief Justices. Any remaining seats that are unclaimed by Chief Justices on September 1, 2018, will be made available to all judges at an additional fee.

The cost for the program, including accommodation and most meals, is a special Chief Justice rate of $4,400, plus airfare, if registered by September 1, 2018. If the seminar opens to the general judiciary, or if a Chief Justice registers after September 1, fees increase to $4,550.

  • For significant others/guests, the cost is $1,950, plus airfare.
  • As part of our mission, the Civility Center offers a limited number of reduced-rate, need-based scholarships. Please contact us for more details.

Revitalize your commitment to serving the interests of justice


Learn more about the Judicial Leadership for Civility CJE seminar: read presenter bios, review the seminar schedule, and learn about the enriching excursions.