I have been teaching and leading workshops for almost thirty years. I’ve taught topics ranging from domestic violence advocacy to neuroscience, design-thinking to substantive law, diversity to emotional intelligence, and many well-being focused programs. I love learning and I enjoy taking what I’ve learned and sharing it. At one point, I counted 35 distinct topics in my repertoire.
Right after law school, I was the Executive Director of the Sexual and Physical Resource Center and trained law enforcement, victim advocates, probation officers, and other community groups on the dynamics of domestic violence. For several years, I focused on training in Mediation Skills, Collaborative Practice , and Restorative Justice, including teaching Restorative Justice at Warren Wilson College as an adjunct professor and Mediation for South College’s 4-year paralegal program. Twice, I taught Business Law for social entrepreneurs and I’ve continued to write and teach new business owners.
I pride myself on tailoring each presentation to the audience and I can integrate skills from one discipline with topics in another. For example, I combined domestic violence and mediation in a training for a law school group in India where the rate of domestic violence is very high and divorce rates are very low.
I am culturally sensitive and I try to do my homework. For example, I find local images and examples, and investigate relevant precedents. My presentations and materials were translated into French in Nice and into Spanish in Basque Country. I collaborate with locals to find inadvertent controversies in images and translations. I seek out local service-providers for referrals. I really try to match the presentation to the needs and culture of the audience. Thanks to the influence of some great trainers, I often incorporate experiential games and fun exercises from other disciplines.
In the last few years, these have been my most dynamic offerings.
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Values-Based Law Practice
Other Topics & Building Blocks
I am an informed generalist on a number of topics. If you want an something that is deeper than my experience, I can make such recommendations. But, if you’re looking for a good overview of the movement, I can introduce a cornucopia of topics.
- Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation and why it helps lawyers
- The Crisis in the Legal Profession and the Emerging Answers
- Leadership for Lawyers
- Culture Change Tools
- Communication Skills
- Coach Training for Lawyers (I’ve been a coach since 1991.)