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2020 National Conversation on Civility: Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions



A critical conversation for the profession

Civility is both a legal and a life skill. The 2020 National Conversation on Civility focused on the role of civility in resolving disputes and maintaining positive working relationships which are the foundation of a healthy, high-functioning legal system. Civility is also an important component of excellent advocacy.

Explore the value of putting civility at the heart of civics education for the next generation of jurors, lawyers, judges, and engaged citizens. Civility can have a profound impact on the judicial process and the larger legal system; learn how to instill and foster civility in the legal system starting with civics education at the secondary school level and reaching all the way to the highest levels of the court. The program features federal judges who engage with the legal community to find ways to ensure civility becomes a foundation for the entire system, from the jury box to the counsel tables, to the bench and beyond.

continuing legal education

This program is designed to be eligible for 1.5 CLE hours.
  • It has been approved in Pennsylvania.
  • It has been approved in Texas
  • It has been approved in Louisiana for professionalism credits.
  • It has been approved in Tennessee for professionalism credits.
  • It has been approved in Ohio for professional conduct credits.
In these jurisdictions, CLE must be reported by the sponsor. We generally try to report at the end of the month, but sometimes it spills to the start of the next month.

getting credit:

If you would like to earn CLE credit for this program, you will need to:
  • Complete the Knowledge Check.
  • Fill out the (5 minute long) evaluation (TEXANS! You have your own evaluation!!).
  • Print out your personalized certificate (tied to the submission of the evaluation).
  • Download the course description and faculty bios document.
  • Self-report your attendance by submitting the appropriate jurisdictional forms along with these documents to your CLE body; please let us know if they require anything additional. 

If you have any questions, please contact us.