The past month has been a tough one. I spent the last week of April in Destin, Florida at a conference. I had the chance to talk about collaborative law practice and that was good, but the weather was terrible and while I was in Florida, my husband was trying to deal with extensive flooding around our home and at his office. Just today, we finally got the last bits cleaned up around the house (the 22nd of May)and my next task is applying for FEMA.
For the first time in a month, I made it to my pilate/yoga fusion class and I am so very grateful. That hour of stretching and focus revitalizes me in so many ways, though I suspect I may be a little sore tomorrow!
Phil Daunt - there are thousands of lawyers who became lawyers because they believed it was a calling to make a difference in people's lives. Transforming Practices encouraged us to reignite our interests and rediscover our passion.
Jill Breslau - an inspiration for years. Steve Keeva's columns were fresh air in the midst of administrative material, talking about the humanity of lawyers and what lawyers need, opening the conversations about the inner needs of lawyers.
Thanks to our Founding Sponsor, Maureen Holland of Memphis.
We interviewed Maureen last summer. See her interview at:
This past week, a committee of lawyers called "Lawyers as Peacemakers, Lawyers as Problemsolvers" was host to David Wexler. David spoke to a group of attorneys on the concept of therapeutic jurisprudence. The good thing is that many of us practice law in some fashion therapeutically; we just didn't know it.
As a legal aid lawyer, part of my practice has always been to be mindful of the particular challenges people in poverty experience.
Memphis doesn't necessarily seem like the kind of place where a legal movement would take hold and flourish, the heart of a new paradigm of law. But that is exactly what seems to be happening.
After graduating from Vermont Law School, Maureen Holland worked for twelve judges as a judicial law clerk, though her goal was to become a trial lawyer. She admits she was trained to be aggressive. In her early years as a lawyer, she fought her cases with zealous advocacy, was stern on cross-examination and the only goal in sight was to win the case and an exorbitant amount of money.