If you are planning to attend this conference and are coming from outside South Africa, please let me know! We are planning a special event for international visitors.
The College of Law and the Institute For Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA) invite you to attend the LAWYERS AS PEACEMAKERS CONFERENCE 14-15 October 2015, Kgorong Function Hall, Unisa Main Campus, Pretoria.
UNISA’s Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa is pleased to host this exciting conference on the trends, models and approaches that are transforming the legal profession into a peacemaking, problem-solving and healing profession.
In times of challenge, systems change and ecological crisis, the world needs a legal system that strives to resolve core problems, acts as a catalyst for societal transformation, promotes access to justice and engenders lawyer and client satisfaction. Legal models need to be developed that reflect our interconnectedness and create a culture of harmony.
The conference brings together leaders in the international Integrative Law Movement, including many South African innovators.
The objective is to educate, inspire, encourage, and support judges, magistrates, attorneys, advocates, law academics, mediators, policy makers and other legal professionals in gaining perspectives on the progressive shift from adversarial to non-adversarial lawyering.
The central theme of the conference explores the potential for lawyers to become peacemakers, healers, helpers and friends.
Today three people asked me for the information about the class on Change the Story of Law, so it must be time to think about that again. Here is the link.
We've applied for CLE in North Carolina, NC is one of those states where MCLE credit is hard to get, so if they say yes, your bar will almost certainly agree. Even if they don't, we can provide you with the information to get MCLE where you are.
October in the North Carolina Mountains + CLE + Really interesting conversation with really interesting people = What could be better? Come join us. We have a lot to talk about.
I'm off to New Mexico in the morning, then to Tallahassee on Monday. After North Carolina, I will be going around the world again. This is what stationary looks like for me. Love, Kim
The summer is moving right along and my to-do list is getting longer. How does that happen? The more I work, the more there seems to be to do.
The core of my summer work is preparation for my next stage, starting in January, 2016, the big transition when I will cut my travel to half of what I've been doing. I will establish a home base and I will be able to finally do some of the projects that have been on a back burner because they're hard to do from the road. I often get suggestions from you, my dear friends, who think I ought to be doing particular activities. Yes, it would have been nice to accept that invitation from Huffington Post from several years ago. Yes, focusing on more cross-pollinating of the community would be nice. Yes, classes on how to be an integrative lawyer would be nice. Planning a dozen conferences a year from the road is already an impossible task. I have dozens of projects on my to-do list. Though worthy, many projects are more time-consuming than they look and require a level of focus that is beyond me when I am moving from one country to another every week or two. That is about to change.
We're at a new stage in the movement. Not surprisingly, you are all ahead of the curve and you've been needing to go to the next level. Thank you for waiting patiently while we've been creating a critical mass of enough lawyers to make that feasible. Stay tuned for what is next, but here are my interim steps.
As I wrote in my previous posts, life is about to change in a big way for me. Within the next few months, I will be settling in one place, no longer being a nomad, but still traveling. Instead of 12 months of travel each year, constantly moving from place to place, I estimate that I will travel for closer to six months of each year. That is still a lot of travel, but between trips, I will be returning to a particular place, with my stuff on the walls, and an office set up to my preferences, and a big bathtub for soaking out the kinks of sitting in airplane seats for hours at a time.
I wanted to wait until the end of the year to make the announcement, but I've told several people, so I thought it was time to be public. It is a big decision for me, and I know a lot of you will be disappointed, since you have hoped I'd settle down near you. Some of you do live in places that I've placed on my Top 5 list for reasons of strong community and beautiful landscapes. I've fantasized about spending a season in each of four places. I still hope to visit those places for several weeks at a time, but I won't be living there permanently or even seasonally.
I never expected that I would say this, but I've decided to move back to Florida. Shocked? Me, too. I have often said that I was born in Florida, but I left as soon as I could. I am not a fan of summer and I prefer mountains to beaches. I am a big fan of snow. I have winter boots and heavy coats appropriate to the weather of the Rockies. I am not a big fan of the creepy, crawly things that live in tropical environments. And, if you keep up with the news in Florida, you know that there are some problems in the political and cultural system.
I promised an update soon and I'm tardy. Here is the rest of the European trip! I'm joined in this update by my assistant, Ayni. We're reporting in more detail than usual, since people often ask what I do.
A global summit that blends spirituality with societal transformation
As lawyers, we are often at the forefront of societal challenges – or perhaps we wish we could be. Many of us wonder how to be most effective in our efforts. As integrative lawyers, we long for more compassion, consciousness, and love in our interactions.
The Report from the NetherlandsA compilation by Ayni Smith and Kim Wright Published from Paris. Reports about Belgium and Paris will follow shortly. We're busy living those stories.
Are you living in interesting times? A lot of people have been telling me stories of challenges and missed opportunities that looked like sure things. I’ve been having such times, too. My car broke down on the cross-country trip, a major breakdown, my Swedish host became very ill and we’ve had to revisit my European travel itinerary, I had the flu, a very bad case that seemed to never end, and a few other unexpected challenges have arisen lately.
May you live in only the best of interesting times.
I am in the homestretch on the book-writing project! The deadline is tomorrow and I have only four chapters left to write. Time to really focus! (That training as a litigator comes in handy at times.)
For those I haven't already greeted this year: Happy New Year! (At what point do we stop saying that? Is it the middle of January? The end?)
As you might imagine, I'm busy with a lot of activities for 2015. You're not going to read much about those, yet. Mainly, I'm working on my book. (Tentative title) Integrative Law will be published by the American Bar Association later this year. Before that, I need to write it.
Contribute to the book?