Paula Lustbader, J.D.

President/Executive Director, The Civility Fund
President/Executive Director, Alfie Scholars at Seattle University
Professor Emerita, Seattle University School of Law

Professor Paula Lustbader is highly respected internationally in the legal-education academy and locally in the Seattle legal community for the passion and energy she brought to her work as co-founder and director of the Academic Resource Center and its Access Admissions program at Seattle University School of Law. For 28 years, she provided instruction, support, and mentorship to law students from under-represented groups and, in the process, has been instrumental in increasing the diversity of the legal profession. She has touched the lives of more than 1,000 law students who, on graduation, have gone on to impact the lives of literally thousands of clients and fellow citizens in Washington and across the country.

Professor Lustbader’s contribution to the academy was acknowledged in 2015, when she was given the Association of American Law Schools Section on Academic Support Award for Excellence in Legal Education. The Washington State Bar Association recognized Professor Lustbader’s outstanding contributions by naming her co-recipient of the organization’s Award for Excellence in Diversity (2006). In 2010, she received the Loren Miller Bar Association President’s Award for her role in increasing the diversity in the legal profession.

Professor Lustbader is an internationally recognized leader, scholar, and speaker on law school academic support programs, learning theory, teaching methods, and diversity. She has also lectured in England, Switzerland, Spain, and Italy. In addition to using her vision to help found two national organization sections on Law School Academic Support and the Center for Teaching and Learning at Seattle University, she has assumed numerous leadership roles with the legal academy’s national organizations.

She retired from Seattle University School of Law in 2015. Between 2010 and 2015, Professor Lustbader began phased retirement from the Law School in order to enable her to shift her focus to her work as president of Robert’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering civility in the legal profession. In that role, she has undertaken a variety of initiatives. In addition to writing articles about civility, she is developing curriculum, programs, and seminars to promote civility; she is facilitating conversations on civility with focus groups; and she is making multiple presentations and providing consulting to law firms and other legal professional organizations.

In 2014, Professor Lustbader became the president of Alfie’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to help change a life, now folded into the Civility Fund. She is currently spearheading the foundation’s first initiative, Alfie Scholars at Seattle University, whose mission is to make the dream of a bachelor’s degree achievable for diverse transfer students who are committed to fostering civility. 

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Carol Cochran, M.A.

Director, Alfie Scholars at Seattle University

Carol Cochran has worked in higher education for more than 25 years. She began her career as an admission counselor at Pacific Lutheran University, where she helped develop the Honors Program. Three years later, she joined the staff of Seattle University School of Law as the Assistant Director of Admission. She became the Director of Admission in 1999 and was appointed Assistant Dean in 2005. Committed to issues of diversity in higher education during her career, Ms. Cochran was an advisor to the Black Law Student Association at the law school and served as a member of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Minority Affairs Committee and its Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group. In addition, she has been active in the broader community, serving on the Board of Tacoma and Seattle Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) and the Board of the Future of the Law Institute. She also volunteers with 501 Commons. Ms. Cochran has presented nationally at numerous information panels at the Admissions Forums, LSAC Annual Meetings and Educational Conferences, Western Regional Black Law Association Conferences, and the Pacific Coast Association of Prelaw Advisors Conferences. She earned her M.A. in non-profit leadership at Seattle University in 2004. During her time at the Law School, she received the Outstanding Staff Member Award, the Student Bar Association Outstanding Administrator Award, and the Dean’s Medal.

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Scott Petit, M.A. LMHC

Senior Director of the Psychology of Civility Curriculum and Program Development

Scott Petit brings his 25 years working as a psychotherapist to The Civility Fund. His work with individuals and couples has provided him with a unique perspective and skill-set that helps people gain self-awareness and psychological health, and develop effective ways of relating with others. These are critical aspects to foster civility. Scott works with the Fund’s two main programs: The Civility Center for the Law and Alfie Scholars. As the Associate Director of the Fund, he is responsible for developing the curricula on the Psychology of Civility and on the Fundamentals of Civil Communication. This work combines compassionate self-awareness and effective communication skills, with the goal of cultivating ambassadors and leaders for civility who can inspire and teach others.

Scott’s work has been highly influenced by the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. As a result, he embraces both the personal and mythological dimensions of the human experience. With regard to the psychology of the individual, Scott’s focus is on cultivating radical self-acceptance – the ability to meet every aspect of ourselves with the same kind of unconditional regard that healthy, loving parents have for all of their children.

He also sees built into the very nature of human existence the path of the mythological hero: Are we going to proceed in life in a half-asleep state, based on our programming and wounding since birth; or are we going to choose to awaken, face the dragons of fear and self-doubt, and embrace the destinies with which we were born?

In his work with the Alfie Scholars specifically, Scott incorporates these dimensions to help the scholars learn psychological tools for self-awareness, self-investigation and self-regulation, while at the same time, helping them to see their story as part of the larger, hero’s-journey story that has been with us throughout time – the path of becoming an authentic human being.

Scott received his Masters of Arts in Counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle in 1993.

Ricardo Ibarra, B.S.

Director of Marketing and Webmaster

Ricardo Ibarra prides himself on crafting unique and compelling creative solutions for projects of all types. While earning his bachelor of science in biology at the University of Washington, Mr. Ibarra nurtured his love for creative work and honed an approach to design informed by his scientific background. Mr. Ibarra brings his decade of experience to Alfie’s Fund by developing and delivering compelling print and digital messaging and media across multiple platforms.

William Galloway, J.D.

Writing Advisor

Bill Galloway works with the Alfie Scholars individually to help develop their ability to communicate their ideas more clearly, focusing on the mechanics and flow of their writing, with special attention to those for whom English is a second language.

In addition to his work with the Alfie Scholars, Bill Galloway is currently Editor at Large with the Civility Center for Law at Seattle University School of Law, a project of the Robert’s Fund Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to fostering civility in the legal profession and affiliated with the foundation sponsoring the Alfie Scholars. He earned his J.D., cum laude, at the University of Washington School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the Washington Law Review. He also graduated with a B.A., cum laude, in English literature from Williams College. After clerking at the Washington Court of Appeals, he worked as a consultant in Seattle before joining the faculty at Seattle University School of Law as a Legal Writing Professor for three years. Since 2002, Bill has lived on the west coast of Ireland with his wife, where he has worked in organic aquaculture, as a web designer, and as a musician

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Genevieve Geiger, M.A.

Program Manager

Genevieve Williams Geiger earned her BA in Government from Lawrence University, and she earned her MPA with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management from Seattle University. As part of her work in the non-profit arena, Ms. Geiger worked on several capital campaigns and initiatives, including a $15 million campaign with Overlake Hospital Foundation and helping to raise corporate donations for Girls on the Run of Puget Sound. Ms. Geiger brings substantial international experience, having studied, taught and managed educational programs and special projects in Honduras, Japan, and the Czech Republic. Ms. Geiger is a Seattle-area native and spends many weekends adventuring with her husband and son in their camper van.