Many of us went to law school to change the world, to create world peace, to make a difference. We may not always have careers that do that and we may not share our passions in public - after all, we don't want to appear undignified, idealistic or grandiose. In private conversations, hundreds of lawyers have shared their secret hopes and dreams with me and I have seen many of them fulfill on those early dreams. I've seen the real bigness of lawyers, the power to be evolutionaries and world changers.
Several times lately, I've gotten emails asking me where I am and what I'm doing, so I thought it was time for an update.
Here are some upcoming events:
I taught at Charlotte Law last summer and several of my students are graduating. Since I am in the area, I wrangled a ticket and will be there to proudly see them walk down the aisle.
I'm off to the Compassionate Organizations conference in Louisville, Kentucky next week, in conjunction with a visit from the Dalai Lama.
Link to Conference Videos:
As usual, a lot is percolating. For those who wanted to follow up on the Lawyers as Peacemakers and Healers conference, you can now view the videos at:
Some of the videos are delayed - the cameras were set to begin at the appointed time, but we didn't always start or end on time. Still, there is a lot of good content.
Urgent: Take a Moment and Support a Kindred Spirit:
Attached is the newest program for the conference. It isn't too late to register at:
For those who are not able to come, I don't really want to torture you. I'm excited and I think you will all be excited to see this program, to know that it is happening, to know that people are coming from as far away as Australia, South Africa, the UK and the Netherlands, and from all over the US to gather, learn, and co-create what is next.
Not only is the conference juicy, but the Leadership Summit has exceeded our expectations.
My last post about the conference created quite a buzz. I've had many follow-up conversations about the conference and the Leadership Summit. Many of you have told me that you are coming. Some even told me their flight details. When I looked at the registration list, not all of your names were there. (For those who did register, thanks!) Some of you told me you were still trying to decide and you wanted to wait a bit. Later has arrived.
January 31 (Thursday) is the early registration deadline. Registering early does several things: it saves you some money. We can all use that, especially these days.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. --M. Gandhi
Over the years, I’ve come across some true leaders in this movement. These leaders are the ones who create the visions and then, rather than just talking and delegating, they make sure that everything gets done. They’re always looking for what to do next that will make a difference. They’re on the cutting edge of ideas and projects. They tend to be people of broad interests, deep compassion, and solid intelligence in all the senses of that word: intellectual, emotional and spiritual intelligence. They are the changemakers who help society evolve. They are passionate about what they do and can’t imagine being any other way. They are integrators, renaissance lawyers, and collaborators.
We are sad to report the passing of another pioneer: Steven Keeva. Steve was a good friend and the author of Transforming Practices, Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life. For many of us, Steve's book and columns in the ABA Journal were our first indication that we were not alone.
Steve died on December 7, 2012 with his wife, Jan, holding his hand.
We are sad to report the loss of yet another of our pioneers: author of Transforming Practices, Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life (ABA, 2011), columnist for the ABA Journal for several years, and dear friend to many of us, Steven Keeva passed away on December 7. His wife, Jan, was at his side and holding his hand.
We created this video series to honor Steve at the 2009 IAHL conference.