The Foundations of Civility in the Legal Profession CLE

August 08-09, 2014 | 14 CLE CREDITS, INCLUDING 4.25 ETHICS

Join us for a 2-day seminar on civility in the legal profession co-sponsored by the non-profit Robert's Fund and Seattle University School of Law.

Contact Civility

Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall 209P
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
(206) 398-4140

Learn more about the Civility Team


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 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.

 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, 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. Co-sponsored by Robert's Fund and Seattle University School of Law.


Friday, August 8

 9:00-10:00: The characteristics of civility and why it matters to the profession
10:00-10:45: The implications of civility for justice
10:45-11:00: Break
11:00-11:45: The costs of incivility
11:45-12:15: The benefits of civility
12:15- 1:00: Lunch
 1:00- 1:30: Precursors to incivility
 1:30- 2:15: The psychological precursors to incivility
 2:15- 2:30: Break
 2:30- 4:45: The foundations of civility
 4:45- 5:30: The foundations of civility applied
 5:30- 6:00: Reception
 6:00- 7:30: Optional Dinner at SU Law School

Saturday, August 9

 9:00- 9:15: Reflections on civility
 9:15-10:00: Structural precursors to incivility: Is it in the rules?
10:00-10:30: The civility of effective advocacy
10:30-10:45: Break
10:45-11:15: The relationship between civility and zealous advocacy
11:15-12:15: Challenges and strategies for fostering civility in our profession
12:15- 1:00: Lunch
 1:00- 2:00: Strategies to foster civility: Techniques for engaging in conversations about assumptions, difference, race, culture, and values
 2:00- 2:45: Strategies to foster civility: Developing personal strategies
 2:45- 3:00: Break
 3:00- 4:30: Strategies to foster civility: Developing interpersonal strategies
 4:30- 5:00: Lessons learned about strategies to foster civility


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...").