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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 will focus 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 will 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.

Join the American Inns of Court for this free, virtual event and leave with tools to promote civility in your own courtrooms and communities.


DATE:  Wednesday, October 28, 2020

TIME: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

  • The National Conversation on Civility (Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Carl Stewart)
  • Judges Speak Out on Civility as a Legal and Life Skill (video)
  • Civility Made Personal (Judge Robin Rosenberg, Judge Beth Bloom)
  • Connecting Civility to Society (Judge Shaniek Maynard)
  • Elonis v. U.S. Applied to a Cyberbullying scenario (video)
  • Civic Responsibility: The Importance and Impact of Civility Training and Civics Education (presentation)
  • Q & A and Conversation (judges and audience)
Submit your questions in advance of the program.

continuing legal education

This program is designed to be eligible for 1.5 general CLE hours.
  • It has been approved in Pennsylvania.
  • It has been approved in Texas.
  • It has been approved in Missouri.
  • It has been approved in Louisiana for professionalism credits.
  • It has been submitted for approval in Ohio for professional conduct credits.
  • Florida attorneys can self-report.
  • See the CLE related course element below for specifics on other jurisdictions or check your state bar's website for instructions on attorney self-reporting.


There is no fee to attend this event, but advance registration is required.
  • Click on the "purchase" button below to register. To reiterate, there is no fee associated with this action.
  • If you do not know your credentials, please use the "forgot" options on the American Inns of Court sign-in page.
  • If you are an active American Inns of Court member or an alumnus of an American Inn of Court but are unable to retrieve your credentials, please do NOT create a new profile; instead, email us at INFO to be issued new credentials that are tied to your Inn record.
  • Other questions or difficulties navigating this or other educational programs can be sent to ED HELP.

We look forward to having you join us for this critical conversation!

A recorded version of the program will be made available after the live event.