Paula Lustbader, J.D.

Paula Lustbader

Paula Lustbader, J.D.

President/Executive Director, Civility Fund
President/Executive Director, Alfie Scholars at Seattle University
President/Executive Director, Civility Center for Law at Seattle University
President/Executive Director, Alfie’s Fund
Professor Emerita, Seattle University School of Law

Known for her energy and passion for promoting diversity and civility, Professor Paula Lustbader is an internationally recognized leader, scholar, and speaker on undergraduate and law school teaching and learning theory, academic support programs, diversity, and civility.

As a law professor, she co-founded and directed the Academic Resource Center and its Access Admissions program at Seattle University School of Law. For 28 years, she provided instruction, support, and mentorship to law students from under-represented groups and, in the process, was and continues to be instrumental in increasing the diversity of the legal profession. She touched the lives of more than 1,000 law students who, on graduation, have gone on to impact the lives of literally thousands of clients and fellow citizens in Washington and across the country.

In addition to providing countless faculty development trainings, Professor Lustbader helped found the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law School Academic Support, the Law School Admission Council Academic Support Institute, and the Center for Teaching and Learning at Seattle University. She retired from Seattle University School of Law in 2015. Between 2010 and 2015, Professor Lustbader began phased retirement from the Law School in order to enable her to shift her focus to her work as president of Robert’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering civility in the legal profession. In that role, she has undertaken a variety of initiatives. In addition to writing articles about civility, she is developing curriculum, programs, and seminars to promote civility; she is facilitating conversations on civility with focus groups; and she is making multiple presentations and providing consulting to law firms and other legal professional organizations.

Professor Lustbader retired from Seattle University School of Law in 2015. Her contribution to the academy nationally was acknowledged in 2015, when she was given the Association of American Law Schools Section on Academic Support Award for Excellence in Legal Education. The Washington State Bar Association recognized Professor Lustbader’s outstanding contributions by naming her co-recipient of the organization’s Award for Excellence in Diversity (2006). In 2010, the Loren Miller Bar Association, the Washington affiliate of National Bar Association, the largest organization of African-American attorneys in the U.S., gave her its President’s Award for her role in increasing the diversity in the legal profession.

Between 2010 and 2015, Professor Lustbader, while in phased retirement from the Law School, founded Robert’s Fund, dedicated to fostering civility in the legal profession, now known as the Civility Center for Law at Seattle University School of Law. www.civilitycenterforlaw.com In addition to writing about civility, she develops curriculum, programs, and continuing legal education seminars to promote civility; she facilitates conversations on civility with focus groups; and she makes presentations and provides consulting to law firms and other legal professional organizations.

In 2015, combining her passion for diversity and civility, Professor Lustbader founded the Alfie Scholars Program at Seattle University, dedicated to help make the dream of a bachelor’s degree achievable for diverse transfer students who are committed to fostering civility. www.alfiescholars.com This program provides scholarships, supports academic excellence, and cultivates leaders for civility on campus and in the professions. Professor Lustbader designed the program, leads a team of faculty and staff, and teaches the Alfie Scholars signature programing to each cohort.

In 2014, Professor Lustbader founded Alfie’s Fund, dedicated to providing philanthropic support to help change a life.

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