J Kim Wright
Very excited that we may be hosting our dear friend and spiritual mentor, J. Kim Wright, back in Memphis. Many of the legal practitioners in Memphis are interested in developing a more collaborative practice but feel the need for a more nuts and bolts approach to this development. Pragmatists that they are!
We continue to consider the best ways to bring this practice to the public and to continue to promote and enhance mediation practice along the way.
IAHL's mission is to transform the practice of law, through education and support of holistic practice.
The only living being capable of completely transforming, down to its DNA, is the butterfly. It starts as an egg, a small ball of potential. Then the egg hatches and becomes a caterpillar. The caterpillar eats and grows and molts and eats and grows and molts some more. When it's done growing, the caterpillar retreats into its chrysalis, where the magic happens. After this transformation, it is a completely different entity, with colorful wings and the gift of flight.
While in New York for a retreat for the Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics, Kim will be speaking at this venue:
How Would Our World Change if Lawyers Were Peacemakers & Ministers of Justice?
She is also scheduled to meet with the director of the Center for Court Innovation.
As a new practitioner, I will be writing a series I'm calling Taking the Leap about my experiences in starting my own private practice using methods that are not currently the norm in the American legal world. I hope that by sharing my challenges I will be able to help other new practitioners find their own way as well, or at least feel less alone in starting out on their own and trying knew approaches. This is the first part of the series.
It was so wonderful to have Kim in Memphis last night! A local attorney who has been practicing collaboratively in a few cases, Pam Blair, and her husband, Sam, opened their beautiful home to attorneys and others in Memphis for an evening with Kim and the Lawyers as Peacemakers, Lawyers as Problemsolvers (LAP/LAP) group. There were about 30 people who gathered to discuss the changing face of the practice of law and reimagining the legal system to work for disputants and to pick up an autographed copy of Kim's book. Maureen Holland a founder of Renaissance Lawyers and a holistic attorney in Memphis was there sharing her dreams of a legal delivery system transformed for individuals- she loves the concept of a Legal Grounds style coffee house atmosphere for Memphis folks! Cindy Pensoneau, a beautiful yogi, desperately wants to marry her yoga practice to her legal practice and to help her clients self actualize even as they reform their families.