Ramping Up the Holistic Law Movement by Cheryl Conner
Cheryl Conner joined IAHL for its monthly teleseminar series on August 13, 2010. The archived recording is available to members of IAHL.
Cheryl is the Founder of New Prospects Collaborative and is a Faculty Member of the MBA in Sustainability Program at Marlboro Graduate Center in Brattleboro VT.
All over America, many good, decent lawyers individually inquire into their personal evolution, striving to integrate this intimate process with their outer practice of the law. Sometimes, we step outside of the solo journey, seeking companionship with like minded folks, both to learn and to enjoy the special pleasures of community.
We are like hundreds of birds, flying in the sky, yet to identify the flock of birds with whom we can slip into a common rhythm and resonance to fly “as one”. When we join a local Restorative Justice panel or the International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers, we hope to feel a sense of alignment, shared purpose, a powerful connection. Sometimes it happens instantly and we are enriched and elevated.
At this juncture in our democracy, coming together and “acting as one” is more important than ever. We must harness and direct our collective power as spiritually inquisitive and evolving lawyers who possess competencies which are crucial at every level of our society. We must work harder at coming into alignment with each other in our organizations and in community. The harnessed power of all of us can be revolutionary. We have joined effectively together in so many ways, making headway on
alternative dispute resolution, for example.
But, most of us still work in contexts in which our visions for a loving society rub up against organizational forms biased against our visions. What is the next stage in our evolution as lawyers with a holistic perspective? What is our role vis-a-vis a more fundamental transformation of legal and economic institutions?
Some fundamental reform efforts are underway in the business world and we holistic lawyers may want to build partnerships across the business, economic and environmental sectors. In this hour, I will share observations about businesses for social responsibility, teaching alternative business models in an MBA Program in Sustainability and launching a health initiative. I look forward to being in conversation with you, as the bravest of lawyers, committed to bringing your whole selves to the transformation of
Are we ready to dig deeper to challenge the fundamental flaws in our democracy and economy? Can we come into alignment, as one beautiful flock of empowered lawyers, filling the sky with our love and our vision?