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!
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
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.
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.