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Lawyers as Changemakers Book: www.lawyersaschangemakers.com
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Writing an updated newsletter has been on my to-do list longer than I can remember. I keep thinking that there will be some breathing room, that I will be able to write after x event or y flight.
As most of my readers know, I am a nomad. I do not have a permanent home and travel around the world. Some of you know what that really looks like: I show up and gather the tribe. That includes people I know and people I don't. I get on social media and find people neither of us knows. I go looking for the conscious, innovative, systems-thinking lawyers, who live their lives according to their values. In addition to scheduled events, I spend a lot of time in one-on-one or small group gatherings.
The gatherings are always inspirational. Integrative lawyers are brilliant and interesting. Conversations are full of possibility and love. We have fun.
Of course, I continue my regular work along the way. I've written articles, like this one, and this, and this. I've signed a bunch of books. The ABA is publishing an interview of me on April 25, going out to 240,000 email subscribers. Each upcoming event must be planned in advance so I am often planning the next event.
I'm writing now from the San Francisco Bay Area. I'll be here until the end of the month, on a (real live!) vacation for the week after that, then I will have some stationary time. I hope to catch my breath and do a more thorough update then, but we know how good intentions sometimes fail.
Here are some highlights of the last couple of months:
March 2, Miami, Florida, USA
I spoke at special legal change track of the Ashoka U Exchange. Ashoka U works with colleges and universities to foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation.
- Is Law the Manifestation of Spirit for the Common Good?
That was the title of my talk at the Program in the Study of Spirituality at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. They are a self-funded initiative in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs that explores “Spirituality” in a variety of traditional and contemporary contexts. Their mission is to lead the cultivation of new consciousness through diverse, heart-centered, and spiritually responsible educational programs and dialogues, inspiring the global community to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous world.
March 7: United Kingdom
- In London, I was interviewed by Open University for a course on Integrative Law.
- I also spent time with Elaine Quinn, publisher of The Conscious Lawyer Magazine in Oxford.
March 9-15: The Netherlands
- Searching for Teal: A gathering at Buurtzorg. A group of lawyers, representing six countries, came together to explore the ideas of Reinventing Organizations and to explore the concept of Teal Lawyers. We'll be saying more about that as things unfold.
- I met with a lawyer from Suriname who is interested in bringing integrative law to his country.
- I met with a group planning an integrative law conference in Amsterdam in October.
March 16-18: Spain
- I met with the plucky Basques who are planning to transform law in Spain. We redesigned Conscious Contracts to include concepts of Design Thinking.
March 18 - April 16: Australia
- I led a course on Ethics and Values
- I went to Sydney for The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice: Integrating Theory and Practice.
- I led a Lawyers as Changemakers workshop in Melbourne, resulting in the creation of 17 projects in the community.
April 16-18: Hawaii, USA
- A Lawyers as Changemakers presentation and conversation at the King David Kalakaua Building.
April 18-May 1: San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
- Conference Presentation and Book Signing at ABA ADR Section Annual Meeting.
- Marin County Gathering
- East Bay Gatherings
Some big changes are coming down the pike over the next few months. I'll be back in touch!
And today, Elaine Quinn launched her new magazine, The Conscious Lawyer. It has a wonderful collection of stories from across the movement.
This is a screenshot of the cover of the first issue, available for a free subscription at this link:
I just got my latest copy of Conscious Company magazine. From high tech solutions to poverty to wellness at work, it is a collection of interesting titles that I look forward to reading. In this issue, I have my first article in The Legal Corner. Check out old issues on the website or run to your Whole Foods or news stand and ask for your own copy of the new issue!
Better yet, subscribe!
Available on line at this link.
Today is Cyber Monday and the day that the ABA has finally pre-released my new book! That means you can get it today for 40% off!
Lawyers as Changemakers: The Global Integrative Law Movement
Here is the link: http://shop.americanbar.org/eBus/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=262994053
And the discount code: CYBERMON16
While you are there, these new books are also eligible for the discount and are not yet discounted on Amazon:
Discovering Agreement by Linda Alvarez
Structured Negotiation by Lainey Feingold
I'm finally about to travel again!!! I'm writing a short note with reminders and announcements. I'll be back on November 10, just in time for....
Book Update: Estimated date of publication: November 15! And it has a new cover.
I have one more coaching slot open. This is a good time to start coaching if you want to be ready for 2017. Become a leader, integrate your values and your law practice, and create a strategic plan for a life you love. See my coaching website for more information.
Conscious Contracts for Conscious Business: October 11 and 12, Las Vegas still has seats left.
Seats are also available in the Conscious Contracts Masterclass in the Netherlands. We also have an open house on 22 October in Baarn.
I'm leading a Congreso de Introduccion a la Practica Colaborativa in Basque Country on November 4-6. Get in touch with me for details.
Are you in New York? I'll be speaking at the TEDx Washington Square at New York University on October 15.
I'll be in London for a couple of days. I'm planning a gathering and several visits! Watch social media for the details.
Another newly released book I recommend:
Structured Negotiation, a Winning Alternative to Lawsuits by Lainey Feingold
Press release with more information.
Until Next Time...
Happy Holy Days for my Jewish friends. Happy Halloween and All Saints Day to those who celebrate those. Happy Diwali to my Hindu friends.
And all the other holidays that fall between now and my return!
Make sure and get out and vote! I will be in London on election day, but I have made arrangements to make sure my vote is cast in time.
Hi everybody, here are some updates.
I'm co-leading two Conscious Coach trainings in October. Conscious Contracts trainings are transformative for both the individuals and the company or law practice. As you align your values and practices, you'll find that clear integrity answers a lot of questions for you. You'll also experience more ease and opportunities for collaborations.
In Las Vegas, Linda Alvarez, Glenn Meier, and I will be leading Conscious Contracts for Conscious Businesses on October 11 and 12. Sponsored by Nevada State Bank, this will be two full days of conscious business and contracts training. Open to both leaders in business and lawyers, the training includes hands-on practice and coaching.
EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ENDS AUGUST 31.
California has approved 12.5 credits of MCLE. The Las Vegas training materials include a copy of Linda's new ABA book, Discovering Agreement: Contracts that Turn Conflict into Creativity.
In the Netherlands, Dialogue BV will once again host me and Digna de Bruin in presenting Sustainable Contracting, a Masterclass in Conscious Contracts. Conscious Contracts are catching on in the NL and Digna is working with some prominent values-focused companies! In addition to the basic training, she'll share about her progress in that area.
Linda and I are creating a Conscious Contracts Certification program for lawyers and both of these programs will count toward the basic training required for that program.
Book Update: Lawyers As Changemakers
I've stopped predicting when the book will be out. The status is: in production. Edits are finished. Production staff is now composing the pages. The manuscript's table of contents shows that it is over 800 pages, so I guess it makes sense that it is taking so long. When I get a realistic date of release, I will let you know!
I've been working with a web developer on the new Cutting Edge Law site. It is a few weeks from launch, I hope. (These things tend to take longer than predicted.) The new site will have a directory and a whole academy of web-based and live courses. The old site will continue to be there, with all its content, just as a section of the new one. I'm excited about the new site and can't wait to show you!
I built a site for sharing legal jobs and volunteer opportunities that make a difference. That is, if you need someone to work for you or know of an agency that needs some help from a lawyer, list it there. If you're looking for rewarding work or a volunteer opportunity, come take a look. I posted a few to get us started. Take a look at:
Some postings, like the Our Children's Trust have multiple opportunities, from giving money to heading up a local lawsuit for young people who want to sue to protect the environment on behalf of future generations. [They train you!] There is a Bertha Foundation fellowship in South Africa and a Mediators Beyond Borders webinar on mediation in Saudi Arabia. I even placed my own Help Wanted ad!
As we populate the site, I hope to post it around social media where it will reach a lot of people. I'm still tweaking it for functionality so folks on this list can post a few opportunities to make sure everything works. Then we can go broader with it.
Not only did I create a new coaching website, I completed with a client this week so I have an opening!
I was so inspired about that last session with the client. We'd worked together for six months and we both saw miracles. She said that I'd helped her take her focus off the dysfunctional system and focus on what she has to contribute. She no longer fears that she is an impostor, she feels at home, with deep roots that nurture her. She feels that she has a more integrated professional identity. Our work helped her to not only look at what she does, but how she does it, and how she can be more intentional in staying true to her values while being a lawyer. She left our coaching relationship with a brilliant touchstone statement and a realistic and supportive strategic plan for what happens next in creating a workable, even enjoyable, life in law. Some of the next steps have already manifested and she's well on her way. I think she's a rock star.
Pretty cool results, aren't they?
Let me know if you want the slot that just opened up. My new coaching website gives you the details of how it works and different packages that are available.
Linda Warren Seely is the new director of the ABA ADR section! Linda has been an active part of the integrative law movement for many years. She was at the first integrative law summit in Manitou Springs in 2011 and has been a leader of the Lawyers as Peacemakers/Lawyers as Problem-Solvers group which has hosted many cutting-edge programs in Memphis. The ABA announcement seems to go on forever with her accomplishments, but I know for a fact that those are the tip of a very large iceberg.
I couldn't be prouder and more excited for Linda! I'm glad the ABA was smart enough to hire her.
Where is Kim now?
As my Facebook followers know, I'm still in Florida. My son became a father in January and I've been supporting him in the horror of a paternity action to establish his relationship with his son. That and some other legal matters have kept me on the family farm.
I wrote about some of the experiences of being on the client side of the lawyer-client relationship on LinkedIn, here. I thought all this would surely be over by now, but alas, it seems neverending. I miss having some of your great skills nearby.
As you can see above, in October I will be back to my nomadic ways. I'll be co-leading the CC workshops, plus I'll be speaking at the TedX in New York on October 15.
After the Netherlands, I'm heading to Spain for the first time! I'm tentatively booked there for early November. Details will come later.
I have a lot of plans for a book tour in 2017. Stay tuned.
[For the last several weeks, the server which hosts Cutting Edge Law has been experiencing some cascading technical issues. Our outgoing emails have been blocked as spam, refused by the email providers before they even enter your box. New subscribers have bounced. I haven't been able to post and email. A team of technical experts has been at work and some of you may get this in your email. This is a test and if it makes it through, I have a lot more to say in the coming days.]
Pro Se Nation, Princeton TV
Mary Lynn served as writer, producer, host, and narrator for more than 40 episodes of Matter and Beyond, a television program exploring the philosophical and ethical dimensions of science and technology. The program exploring artificial intelligence received an Emmy Award in 2009 for "Outstanding Health/Science Programming."
In this episode of Pro Se Nation, Mary Lynn interviewed me. The show is playing on Princeton TV but is also available at this link:
The next episode will feature Linda Alvarez of Discovering Agreement.
And you might be interested in this previous episode of Pro Se Nation
Is Divorce with Dignity Possible? Watch: https://vimeo.com/166963495
Welcome to new visitors and hi to old friends,
I've been on a travel sabbatical in 2016 while taking care of some tasks that needed my focus. The travel sabbatical apparently turned into a sabbatical from updating the website.
Among many other things, I have sent my latest book off to press at the ABA. See www.lawyersaschangemakers.com for more info about that. Our expected date of publication is August, 2016.
The travel sabbatical has come to an end. I am writing this from New York and the ABA ADR Conference is just wrapping up. Later this month, I will be off to Dayton, Ohio for the Transformative Mediation conference and a flurry of other travel.
I hope to write a long catch up email and post soon.
Happy New Year!
Take a look at this article featured in Law Practice Today, January issue.
(Kim will be back from under the to-do pile soon. Here is a photo she took in Florida last week. That is an alligator in the right corner.)