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.
It has been two years since the Cutting Edge Law web site was officially launched. And what a two years! We've helped bring a lot of ideas into the mainstream of law. Publishing a best-selling book at the American Bar Association, the 5,000 mile book tour, new interviews, and several new CLE programs have kept us busy.
As we begin the third year, we're working on a lot of different projects.
Michael Coming Into the Spotlight
Before I get started here is a quick helpful tip for reading things on your computer here or anywhere else. If you hold down the "CTRL" key and press "+" it will zoom in and make it easier to read. Press "+" again to make it even bigger. Press "CTRL" and "-" to make it smaller. Needing bifocals, and stubbornly resisting them, this has help me a lot!
Welcome to my Blog! The way our legal system works affects everyone so I will be speaking here to everyone, not just those in the legal profession. Since lawyers are people too I hope they, as well as everyone else, will find something of value here. I will be sharing a variety of things I find of interest. This is a place for me to expand as a writer, to dance with life in a different way. I invite you to dance with me here. I would like to start by telling you how I got involved with CuttingEdgeLaw.com.
Today the book is available on line. The publication of Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law, inspires me to share that it takes a village to write such a book. Below are the contributors and the acknowledgements from the book. Make sure to click through to "Read More" for the complete list.
With deep thanks to my collaborators and contributors:
Michael Matthews, my business partner, dear friend, and wonderful
and wise teacher, who constantly listens to me and holds space better than anyone I’ve ever known.
Editor and friend Sheila Boyce, for her willingness to step on my toes when it was called for, and ABA Editor Erin Nevius, for actually liking what I had to say.
Karen Werve Grant and Michael Grant, great writers and friends, who stepped up to work on the profile vignettes.
Eileen Dunn, Jane Faulkner, and Jill Dahlquist, who helped take care of the parts of me that are not my mind.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to acknowledge the masterpiece that Kim and Michael and their team of cohorts have created. There is that special storyteller who can capture an audience and take us on their journey, but when you add the wisdom of the visionary, the story becomes global in scope.
Kim’s vision has captured the collaborative movement to this moment, with a clear strategy to continue to evolve into the future. She has honored the past and given us a glimpse into a possible future.
She has brought us to a point of choice.
We launched one month ago - at midnight on March 3, 2009. A lot of people have asked me how things are going. Basically I'm pretty pleased.
There is an old joke: how do you make God laugh? Tell her your plans. Well, she must be rolling on the floor when she reads our earlier plans.
When we left Asheville, we expected to be on the road for about three months. It didn't quite work out that way. We took our first trip on May 15 and returned at the end of October and stayed in town for the election. We had an amazing trip and I wrote about only a fraction of our adventures here. (Sorry.) The interviews were moving, the people we interviewed were inspiring and affirmed the mission of the site. Along the way, we also visited 15 national parks and monuments.