Hi everybody, here are some updates.
I'm co-leading two Conscious Coach trainings in October. Conscious Contracts trainings are transformative for both the individuals and the company or law practice. As you align your values and practices, you'll find that clear integrity answers a lot of questions for you. You'll also experience more ease and opportunities for collaborations.
In Las Vegas, Linda Alvarez, Glenn Meier, and I will be leading Conscious Contracts for Conscious Businesses on October 11 and 12. Sponsored by Nevada State Bank, this will be two full days of conscious business and contracts training. Open to both leaders in business and lawyers, the training includes hands-on practice and coaching.
EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ENDS AUGUST 31.
California has approved 12.5 credits of MCLE. The Las Vegas training materials include a copy of Linda's new ABA book, Discovering Agreement: Contracts that Turn Conflict into Creativity.
In the Netherlands, Dialogue BV will once again host me and Digna de Bruin in presenting Sustainable Contracting, a Masterclass in Conscious Contracts. Conscious Contracts are catching on in the NL and Digna is working with some prominent values-focused companies! In addition to the basic training, she'll share about her progress in that area.
Linda and I are creating a Conscious Contracts Certification program for lawyers and both of these programs will count toward the basic training required for that program.
Book Update: Lawyers As Changemakers
I've stopped predicting when the book will be out. The status is: in production. Edits are finished. Production staff is now composing the pages. The manuscript's table of contents shows that it is over 800 pages, so I guess it makes sense that it is taking so long. When I get a realistic date of release, I will let you know!
I've been working with a web developer on the new Cutting Edge Law site. It is a few weeks from launch, I hope. (These things tend to take longer than predicted.) The new site will have a directory and a whole academy of web-based and live courses. The old site will continue to be there, with all its content, just as a section of the new one. I'm excited about the new site and can't wait to show you!
I built a site for sharing legal jobs and volunteer opportunities that make a difference. That is, if you need someone to work for you or know of an agency that needs some help from a lawyer, list it there. If you're looking for rewarding work or a volunteer opportunity, come take a look. I posted a few to get us started. Take a look at:
Some postings, like the Our Children's Trust have multiple opportunities, from giving money to heading up a local lawsuit for young people who want to sue to protect the environment on behalf of future generations. [They train you!] There is a Bertha Foundation fellowship in South Africa and a Mediators Beyond Borders webinar on mediation in Saudi Arabia. I even placed my own Help Wanted ad!
As we populate the site, I hope to post it around social media where it will reach a lot of people. I'm still tweaking it for functionality so folks on this list can post a few opportunities to make sure everything works. Then we can go broader with it.
Not only did I create a new coaching website, I completed with a client this week so I have an opening!
I was so inspired about that last session with the client. We'd worked together for six months and we both saw miracles. She said that I'd helped her take her focus off the dysfunctional system and focus on what she has to contribute. She no longer fears that she is an impostor, she feels at home, with deep roots that nurture her. She feels that she has a more integrated professional identity. Our work helped her to not only look at what she does, but how she does it, and how she can be more intentional in staying true to her values while being a lawyer. She left our coaching relationship with a brilliant touchstone statement and a realistic and supportive strategic plan for what happens next in creating a workable, even enjoyable, life in law. Some of the next steps have already manifested and she's well on her way. I think she's a rock star.
Pretty cool results, aren't they?
Let me know if you want the slot that just opened up. My new coaching website gives you the details of how it works and different packages that are available.
Linda Warren Seely is the new director of the ABA ADR section! Linda has been an active part of the integrative law movement for many years. She was at the first integrative law summit in Manitou Springs in 2011 and has been a leader of the Lawyers as Peacemakers/Lawyers as Problem-Solvers group which has hosted many cutting-edge programs in Memphis. The ABA announcement seems to go on forever with her accomplishments, but I know for a fact that those are the tip of a very large iceberg.
I couldn't be prouder and more excited for Linda! I'm glad the ABA was smart enough to hire her.
Where is Kim now?
As my Facebook followers know, I'm still in Florida. My son became a father in January and I've been supporting him in the horror of a paternity action to establish his relationship with his son. That and some other legal matters have kept me on the family farm.
I wrote about some of the experiences of being on the client side of the lawyer-client relationship on LinkedIn, here. I thought all this would surely be over by now, but alas, it seems neverending. I miss having some of your great skills nearby.
As you can see above, in October I will be back to my nomadic ways. I'll be co-leading the CC workshops, plus I'll be speaking at the TedX in New York on October 15.
After the Netherlands, I'm heading to Spain for the first time! I'm tentatively booked there for early November. Details will come later.
I have a lot of plans for a book tour in 2017. Stay tuned.
[For the last several weeks, the server which hosts Cutting Edge Law has been experiencing some cascading technical issues. Our outgoing emails have been blocked as spam, refused by the email providers before they even enter your box. New subscribers have bounced. I haven't been able to post and email. A team of technical experts has been at work and some of you may get this in your email. This is a test and if it makes it through, I have a lot more to say in the coming days.]
Pro Se Nation, Princeton TV
Mary Lynn served as writer, producer, host, and narrator for more than 40 episodes of Matter and Beyond, a television program exploring the philosophical and ethical dimensions of science and technology. The program exploring artificial intelligence received an Emmy Award in 2009 for "Outstanding Health/Science Programming."
In this episode of Pro Se Nation, Mary Lynn interviewed me. The show is playing on Princeton TV but is also available at this link:
The next episode will feature Linda Alvarez of Discovering Agreement.
And you might be interested in this previous episode of Pro Se Nation
Is Divorce with Dignity Possible? Watch: https://vimeo.com/166963495
Happy New Year!
Take a look at this article featured in Law Practice Today, January issue.
(Kim will be back from under the to-do pile soon. Here is a photo she took in Florida last week. That is an alligator in the right corner.)
Welcome to new visitors and hi to old friends,
I've been on a travel sabbatical in 2016 while taking care of some tasks that needed my focus. The travel sabbatical apparently turned into a sabbatical from updating the website.
Among many other things, I have sent my latest book off to press at the ABA. See www.lawyersaschangemakers.com for more info about that. Our expected date of publication is August, 2016.
The travel sabbatical has come to an end. I am writing this from New York and the ABA ADR Conference is just wrapping up. Later this month, I will be off to Dayton, Ohio for the Transformative Mediation conference and a flurry of other travel.
I hope to write a long catch up email and post soon.
Last night, I wrote an eloquent report of my last circumnavigation of Earth, complete with links and photos and inspiring updates. Just as I was about to save it, something went "Blip!" and it was lost. In a few words: The trip was awesome and I am hopeful and inspired! I'll overcome the angst of losing the other post and recreate it soon.
However, a part of my post was time sensitive and so I am sending this as a special announcement.
Have you noticed how legal documents often take the soul out of agreements?
Would you like to learn to write documents that create sustainable relationships?
Do you want to connect with conscious businesses and work with clients who value your input?
The most popular workshop I lead is Conscious Contracts. It has been a big hit in Europe and Australia and has had significant traction and interest in the US, South Africa, and India. The evaluations have praised the course with scores of 3.75+ on a scale of 4.0. The comments have included statements about how it changed the lives of the participants, far beyond any CLE/CPD they've ever taken.
Here is one of the descriptions of the course:
Many businesses are now focussing on creating value-based cultures. This workshop will discuss how lawyers can assist companies align their legal documents with their company values, creating long-term sustainable relationships in all legal documents
And the 3.5-minute Sketchvideo about Conscious Contracts can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30coypdjTwE
While I have been off leading workshops, Linda Alvarez has been writing the book on the topic. A description of the book from Linda:
The manuscript for Lawyers as Changemakers, The Emerging International Integrative Law Movement has gone to the publisher! Now the ABA wheels turn toward copyediting, fine-tuning, layout, cover art, and perhaps even tweaking the title before it is released next March-ish. The final manuscript had 248,993 words. There are examples of the movement in action on six continents.
Writing and editing was an organic process. Many of you wrote your stories and then I looked to see how that demonstrated integrative law. I learned a lot and the book that has gone to the publisher reflects what I learned from all the contributors and others I've encountered on my journey.
Below is a collage of the contributors to the book. I daresay there is no finer-looking, heart-centered group of lawyers anywhere... until we get together another group of us at some point.
[If you contributed and don't see your photo, please be in touch. It means I don't have a photo for you!]
I have a few loose ends to tie up (like doing everything that I have postponed for the last several months!) and the next chapter will begin.
North Carolina >Netherlands>South Africa>India>Australia>TEDx in New York, here I come!
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.