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In an era too often marked by acts of incivility, Robert’s Fund 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 who we are and what we do

Civility Speaks: Articles & Essays

Resources and media on civility

Robert’s Fund has created a resource bank of abstracts, essays, articles, and other media on civility from thoughtful leaders and eminent thinkers from across the country.

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Entries in Paula Lustbader (6)

Monday
Jun122017

Practical Tools for Promoting a More Civil Approach to Law

Timothy M. Jaasko-Fisher and Paula Lustbader, Practical Tools for Promoting a More Civil Approach to Law, Robert's Fund (2016)

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Monday
Jun122017

Embracing Our Shared Humanity: Civility for Our Times

Paula Lustbader, Embracing Our Shared Humanity: Civility for Our Times , Robert's Fund (2015)

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Monday
Jun122017

Cultivating a Campus Culture of Civility 

Paula Lustbader, Cultivating a Campus Culture of Civility, Robert's Fund (2016)

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Summary

Incivility permeates our culture including in colleges and universities. Higher education influences each generation, engenders critical thinking, and establishes cultural norms for professionals. When we teach and model ways to facilitate robust, yet civil, discourse about controversial topics, we empower students to be constructive, civil, and engaged citizens in an increasingly polarized world. After offering a definition and framework for thinking about civility, the paper summarizes the pervasiveness and cost of incivility in our society generally and the presence and impact of incivility on schools specifically. The paper then provides suggestions on ways that higher education can cultivate a campus culture of civility.

Thursday
Apr092015

Listening from the Bench Fosters Civility and Promotes Justice

Paula Lustbader, Listening from the Bench Fosters Civility and Promotes Justice, Seattle Journal for Social Justice: Vol. 13: Iss. 3, Article 13. Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.seattleu.edu/sjsj/vol13/iss3/13

Friday
Mar202015

Lecture Notes on Civility in the Legal Profession

Paula Lustbader, Lecture Notes on Civility in the Legal Profession, ROBERT’S FUND (2012)
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Friday
Mar202015

Igniting a Culture of Civility

Paula Lustbader, Igniting a Culture of Civility, WASHINGTON STATE BAR NEWS (January 2011)
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Summary

Outlining the goals of Robert’s Fund, Professor Lustbader defines civility broadly and pinpoints its significance in the legal profession. Lustbader understands civility to be more than just politeness—rather, civility is “courage with kindness.” She reasons that because lawyers are influential policy makers, encounter possibilities for conflict in their daily professional practice, and serve as role models for many people and communities, working to foster civility within the legal profession can promote greater civility in society generally. According to Lustbader, civility benefits lawyers personally, strengthens their profession, helps build meaningful relationships with clients, increases client loyalty and client base, and leads to more successful outcomes.