The 2018 Civility Promise Seminar for Lawyers and Judges in Tuscany, Italy

April 14-22, 2018 | 30 CLE CREDITS, INCLUDING 8 ETHICS

Come enjoy the colors of spring in the peaceful setting of Sovana, Italy. In this seminar, participants immerse themselves in an 8-day continuing education program that integrates lectures, art, discussions, and interactive exercises that focus on fostering civility in the legal profession. The CLE program is complemented by delicious meals, olive oil and wine tastings, and guided excursions through the nearby villages and beautiful countryside.

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

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This popular seminar convenes in Sovana, a charming medieval village surrounded by verdant vineyards and lush olive groves. In this peaceful setting, participants immerse themselves in a continuing education program that integrates lectures, discussions, and interactive exercises that focus on fostering civility in the legal profession, complemented by guided excursions through the nearby villages and beautiful countryside. Join us for this seminar that one participant called, "a MUST, fantastic and thoughtful program with solid materials and seasoned presenters."

Package includes:

Continuing legal and judicial education credits

You will earn at least 30 Washington State CLE or CJE credits, including  a minimum of 8 Ethics* credits (a $1,500 value).

If you are licensed in a state other than Washington, please let us know upon registration and we will give you materials  to apply for CLE/CJE credits in that state.

*In the state of Washington, bar members need 6 ethics credits every three-year reporting period and 2 ethics credits can carry over to the next reporting period.

Transportation, accommodations, cultural experiences, and meals

  • Ground transportation to and from Rome's Fiumicino Airport via a chartered bus. Departs Rome airport on April 29th at 1:30 p.m.

  • Eight nights at four-star Hotel Sovana (Deluxe Room) or the Hotel Scilla (Standard Room)

  • Breakfast each morning, lunch six days, and dinner with wine two days

  • Wine and appetizers welcome reception on the first night

  • Option to bring a spouse or guest.

  • Three art sessions led by an Italian artist in residence Sergio Tamassia

  • An excursion to Capalbio and Il Giardino dei Tarocchi (a sculpture garden created by Niki de Saint Phalle), and Porto Santo Stefano for a bountiful seafood lunch


Please note that this itinerary is subject to modifications.

Day 1: Arrival

  • 13:30–16:00    Bus from Fiumicino Airport to Sovana
  • 18:00–19:30    CLE: Defining civility
    • (Spouses/significant others/guests are encouraged to attend)
  • 19:30–21:00    Welcome reception with wine and appetizers – Sovana Hotel & Resort

Day 2: Introducing civility; why civility matters; foundations of civility

  • 08:00–  9:30    Breakfast
  • 09:30–12:00    CLE: Introducing civility
  • 12:00–13:30    CLE: Why civility matters
  • 13:30–15:00    Lunch
  • 15:00–18:00    CLE: Foundations of civility 
    • Art experience (Spouses/significant others/guests are encouraged to attend)
  • 18:00–20:00    Break
  • 20:00–22:30    Dinner in Sovana at Taverna Etrusca

Day 3: Precursors and costs of incivility; benefits of civility

  • 08:00–  9:30    Breakfast
  • 08:30–12:30   Raku pottery class for spouses/significant others/guests**
  • 09:30–11:45    CLE: Precursors and costs of incivility
  • 11:45–13:30    CLE: Articulating the benefits of civility
  • 13:30–14:30    Lunch
  • 14:30–15:30    Break
  • 15:30–19:00    Excursion 1: Sovana tour and Etruscan tombs**
  • 19:00–              Dinner on your own – Sovana or Pitigliano**
    • Option to return on the bus to Sovana or go to Pitigliano for the evening and return at 22:00

Day 4: Civility excursion

  • 08:00–10:00    Breakfast
  • 09:30–10:00    Meet in the Main Square for Group Photo
  • 10:00–11:30     Travel to Porto Santo Stefano
  • 12:00–14:30     Lunch at seafood restaurant in Porto Santo Stefano
  • 15:00–15:45     Travel to Il Giardino dei Tarocchi
  • 15:45–17:15      Il Giardino dei Tarocchi
  • 17:15–17:30      Travel to Capalbio
  • 17:30–18:30    Capalbio
  • 18:30–19:45    Travel to Sovana
  • 19:45–               Dinner on your own Sovana**

Day 5: Personal strategies to foster civility

  • 08:00–  9:30    Breakfast
  • 09:30–10:15     CLE: Concepts of civility applied
  • 10:15–10:45     CLE: The science of consciousness, creativity, and community
  • 10:45–13:30    CLE: Exploring creative lawyering through art
    • Art experience (Spouses/significant others/guests are encouraged to attend)
  • 13:30–15:00    Lunch
  • 15:00–16:15    CLE: Tools for conscious lawyering
  • 16:15–16:30    Break
  • 16:30–17:30    CLE: Understanding implicit bias and cross-cultural competence
  • 17:30–18:30    CLE: The Italian legal system – a conversation with Italian judges
  • 19:00–20:00   Optional wine tasting in Sovana**
  • 20:00–              Dinner in Sovana on your own**

Day 6: Interpersonal strategies to foster civility

  • 08:00–  9:30    Breakfast
  • 09:30–10:45    CLE: Impact of bias on interpersonal relationships
  • 10:45–11:00    Break
  • 11:00–13:00   Tuscan cooking class for spouses/significant others/guests**
  • 11:00–13:30    CLE: The civility of listening
  • 13:30–15:30    Lunch
  • 15:30–17:45    Optional Excursion 2: Pitigliano tour**
  • 17:45–19:30    Shopping and free time in Pitigliano   
  • 19:30–23:00   Dinner on own in Sovana or Pitigliano (Il Tufo Allegro option**)  
    • 1st bus leaves for Sovana at 19:30
    • 2nd bus leaves for Sovana at 23:00

Day 7: Engaging others with civility

  • 08:00–  9:30     Breakfast
  • 09:30–13:30    CLE: Preparing to re-enter existing relationships and communities
    • Art experience (Spouses/significant others/guests are encouraged to attend)
  • 13:30–15:00    Lunch
  • 15:00–16:00    CLE: Lawyers as leaders
  • 16:00–16:15    Break
  • 16:15–17:45    CLE: Strategies for leading in a civility movement
  • 17:45–18:30    CLE: Civility Tai Chi
  • 18:30–19:30    Optional olive-oil tasting at Sovana olive-oil press
  • 19:30–              Dinner on your own – Sovana**

Day 8: Igniting a culture of civility

  • 08:00–  9:30     Breakfast
  • 08:30–12:30   Raku pottery class for spouses/significant others/guests**
  • 09:30–10:30    CLE: Summarize lessons learned
  • 10:30–12:30    CLE: Develop an action plan to foster civility
  • 12:30–13:00    CLE: Reflection and evaluation
  • 13:00–13:30    CLE: Conclusion
  • 13:30–15:00    Lunch on your own**
  • 15:00–18:30    Excursion 3: Sorano city and fortress tour**
  • 18:30–20:00    Break
  • 20:00–22:30    Etruscan banquet in Sovana at Taverna Etrusca

Day 9: Depart Sovana

  • 08:00–09:30    Breakfast and hotel check out
  • 09:45                Bus to Fiumicino Airport, Rome (2.5–3 hours)

**Cost not included in Registration Fee


Early-bird registration fees

Early-bird prices are available through January 12, 2018. Thereafter add $500 to all registration price points.

  • Early-bird Primary Registration for Deluxe Room in the Hotel Sovana $3,950

  • Early-bird Primary Registration for Standard Room in the Hotel Scilla $3,650

  • Early-bird second lawyer (conference participant) sharing your room $3,450 (Deluxe Room) or $3,150 (Standard Room)

  • Early-bird non-lawyer spouse, significant other, relative or friend sharing your Deluxe Room $1,850 or sharing your Standard Room $1,650

Registration fees do not include airfare to and from Italy.

Payment details

Payment is due in full by January 15, 2018. We also offer a payment plan via credit card, debit card, or check, with a down payment of $500 required upon registration. Please contact our program manager at or (206) 398-4140 to pay your deposit and  set up an individualized plan.

Scholarships available

As part of our mission, Robert's Fund is pleased to offer a limited number of need-based fee reduction scholarships for all CLE/CJE programs.  Click here to download the scholarship application (or right-click and choose "Save As...").