Welcome

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

Past Programs

Robert’s Fund is committed to developing innovative CLE/CJE seminars, as well as custom presentations and other programs, to integrate civility more fully into the legal profession. In addition to our other distinguished staff and consultants, presenters at our seminars have included Washington Supreme Court Justices Mary Fairhurst and Steven González, as well as internationally renowned negotiation and mediation expert Professor Guiseppe de Palo.

Read more about Robert's Fund's previous events, including continuing legal and judicial education seminars, judicial roundtables, consulting and custom programs, and Civility Promise alumni activities.

Continuing Legal and Judicial Education

Intensive CLE/CJE seminars created for legal professionals offered in the United States and Italy.
View past CLE/CJE seminars

Consulting and Custom Programs

Custom presentations and strategies designed to increase civility in law firms and other organizations of legal professionals.
View past consulting and custom programs

 


Tuesday
Jul112017

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

July 11, 2017

Seattle, WA and via webcast

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave a 1-hour presentation for the King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division to approximately 20 members of the Young Lawyers Division.

I thought both the speaker and this CLE were highly informative, relevant, interesting, and engaging. I hope to see more CLE’s on this topic in the future. Thank you!

Sunday
Jun042017

Civility Skills: Understanding the Impact of Bias on Civility in the Law

June 4, 2017

Spokane, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave a 1.5-hour presentation for the WA District and Magistrate Judges Conference to approximately 200 District and Municipal Court Judges.

Friday
Apr212017

Civility, Bias, and the Administration of Justice

April 21, 2017

Anchorage, AK

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave a 3-hour presentation for the Alaska Magistrates Conference to approximately 45 Magistrate Judges.

Genuine, sincere presentation. Excellent.

Best ethics CLE of all time.

We need more of this – important concepts.

Monday
Apr032017

Civility Promise CLE/CJE for Legal Professionals in Tuscany, Italy

April 2017

Robert’s Fund would like to thank all who came to historic and beautiful Sovana for this 8-day seminar on civility in the legal profession.

The seminar included lectures, discussions, and interactive exercises designed to foster civility, complemented by guided excursions through the nearby villages and beautiful countryside.

Robert’s Fund offers these intensive seminars in Italy every spring and fall. Learn more about upcoming seminars in Italy

Tuesday
Mar282017

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

March 28, 2017

Wilminton, DE

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund briefly presented information and then moderated two panels of judicial officers for approximately 250 Delaware Inns of Court Members. In addition he was the keynote speaker for the Joint Inns Dinner.

Monday
Mar272017

Practical Tools for Promoting a More Civil Approach to Child Welfare Law

March 27, 2017

Princeton, NJ

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave two 1.25-hour presentations to approximately 100 judicial officers, lawyers, social workers, and other professionals at the New Jersey Children in Court Conference.

Tuesday
Mar212017

Fostering Civility in the Workplace: AKA How to Deal with Mean Girls

March 21, 2017

Leavenworth, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund led a 3.25-hour seminar for the WA County Clerk's Conference for approximately 30 elected county clerks and deputy clerks.

Friday
Mar102017

Fostering Civility in the Snohomish County Juvenile Dependency Court

March 10, 2017

Everett, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund facilitated a 6.25-hour workshop for approximately 50 members of the Snohomish County Juvenile Court including judges, attorneys, social workers, and court appointed special advocates.

Thank you Tim for doing a fabulous job facilitating today! I just wanted to share that my social workers came back letting everyone know how great this meeting was (and rarely do SW’s ever come back from all day meetings energized!)… The social workers came back with a better understanding and appreciation of the different roles and what they can do to make a difference.  And they felt validated and appreciated!

Thursday
Mar022017

Fostering Civility in the Workplace

March 2, 2017

Olympia, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave a 4.5-hour wrokshop for executive level leadership at the WA State Department of Social and Health Services.

Tuesday
Jan312017

WSBA Legal Lunchbox: Mentorship Fundamentals

January 31, 2017

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund and Ida Abbott co-presented a 1.5-hour webinar for the Washington State Bar Association’s Legal Lunchbox Series.

Friday
Jan132017

Cultivating a Campus Culture of Civility

January 2017

Barcelona, Spain

Paula Lustbader, Professor Emerita of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert's Fund, gave a 90-minute presentation titled, Cultivating a Campus Culture of Civility for the WACRA Annual Creative Teaching Conference.

Thursday
Jan122017

Practical Tools for Promoting a More Civil Approach to Child Welfare Law

January 12, 2017

Albuquerque, NM

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave a 1.5-hour presentation for the Children's Law Institute to approximately 100 people.

This was a phenomenal presentation on an extremely important topic. Please bring the presenter back next year!

Thursday
Dec222016

The WSBA Civility Survey: Promoting the Civil practice of Law

December 2016

The WSBA Civility Survey: Promoting the Civil practice of Law, co-authored by Lisa Brodoff and Tim Jaasko-Fisher was published in the Dec. / Jan. edition of NW Lawyer Magazine.  The article may be viewed here:  http://nwlawyer.wsba.org/nwlawyer/dec_2016_jan_2017?pg=22#pg22

Wednesday
Dec212016

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

December 21, 2016

Pierce County Family Law Bar
Tacoma, WA

Presenter: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development

This presentation was given over the lunch hour to approximately 50 family law lawyers in Pierce County, WA.

Wednesday
Nov162016

The Ethics of Civility in the Legal Profession

November 2016

Seattle, WA

Paula Lustbader, Professor Emerita of Law, Seattle University School of Law; President of Robert's Fund, gave a 90-minute presentation titled, The Ethics of Civility in the Legal Profession for a Professional Responsibility Class at Seattle University School of Law.

Thursday
Nov102016

Civility Pays: The Business Case for a Civil and more Ethical Practice of Law

November 10, 2016

Wenatchee, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave a 1.5-hour presentation for Volunteer Attorney Services to approximately 30 people.

The session was part of a larger program offered to attorneys who provide volunteer legal services across Washington State with an emphasis on those serving Eastern Washington. Washington State Superior Court Commissioner Bart Vandergrift served as a special guest following the program and was interviewed about how the concepts presented played out in the local courts.

Saturday
Oct222016

Civility Skills: Understanding the Impact of Bias on Civility in the Law

October 17, 2016

Airway Heights, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave a 1.5-hour presentation for the WA Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Conference to approximately 30 attorneys and volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in abuse and neglect cases.

Monday
Oct172016

Civility Skills: Understanding the Impact of Bias on Civility in the Law

October 17, 2016

Centralia, WA

Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development for Robert’s Fund gave a 1.5-hour presentation for the WA Administrative Office of the Courts to approximately 75 line staff that serve as court clerks and administrators across Washington state.

Thursday
Oct132016

Foundations of Civility in the Legal Profession

October 13, 2016

Washington State Department of Licensing
Tacoma, WA 

Presenter: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development

A 1.5-hour presentation was given to approximately 40 Hearings Officers from across Washington State. They preside over administrative hearings related to professional licenses, driver’s licenses, and other administrative matters.

Friday
Oct072016

Fostering Civility in the Legal Profession

October 7, 2016

Alaska State Bar Association
Anchorage, AK 

Presenter: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, Robert’s Fund Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development

This presentation to the Alaska Bar Association was given to approximately 50 attorneys.

Comments from participants included:

“This was a CLE with serious content. I would attend more if they were this educational.”

“Great presentation – very thought provoking. We need this at the bar convention.”

“Very relevant, timely, and fascinating!”