Lawyers as Changemakers

Alternate Titles: Integrative Law: United Parts of a Whole, Changing the Story of Law, Evolutionary Lawyering, The 21st Century Lawyer, Humanizing Legal Education and Practice.

Examples of recent programs:

April, 2018: Harvard Law School  LIFE IN LAW 4.4.2018

September, 2018: Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.  Keynote: How do we prepare lawyers for practicing law in the emerging world? The Futures of Legal Education and Practice Annual Conference 2018  

Kim provided an inspirational keynote speech at our recent Futures of Legal Education and Practice conference, providing delegates with a fascinating insight into contemporary and future developments in law which challenge traditional legal assumptions and norms.  – Dr Emma Jones | Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University, Conference Organiser

Click link for SAMPLE OUTLINE: LAWYERS AS CHANGEMAKERS AND PEACEMAKERS created for the Quinnipiac Law School Lawyers as Changemakers & Peacemakers event in April, 2018. It was a day-long overview program offered in conjunction with the Yale-Quinnipiac Dispute Resolution Speaker Series.

Participants:  General Public (one-hour program), Social Justice, Integral, Law Students, Legal Educators, Lawyers, Solicitors, Barristers, Advocates, Judges, Mediators, Social Entrepreneurs

Past Offerings: I have presented variations of this talk in hundreds of venues.

Time:  This topic can be introduced in a one-hour discussion or can be a three-day workshop.  The one-hour overview covers the basic ideas and allows for discussion, questions, and feedback. Longer programs are for lawyers and include skills and practice in a deeper coverage of the topics.

Content: The presenter is the author of two American Bar Association books and a chapter in another recent ABA publication.  This overview course is based upon the content in those books.  The general program focuses on the trends in social change, shifting values, and global and industry challenges that are affecting society and the legal models that are emerging to respond to the demands of 21st Century law practice. The short version offers a glimpse into answers to provocative problems and innovations that will surprise and inspire most lawyers. The longer program works on the external level: covering worldwide changes to legal practice and new practice areas, as well as the internal level:  beginning a personal growth journey for each of the delegates who takes part in the program. Lawyers don’t only need to hear about the latest and greatest developments in the Integrative Law Movement, they need to learn about their existing competence and grow their own practical ability.

Benefits: Participants routinely report being inspired by the examples of legal innovations and many report implementing some of the new ideas into their practice and careers. Law students learn about new possibilities for practice that leave them hopeful for the future.