Upon graduating from the University of Florida College of Law with a Juris Doctorate, I was first sworn into the [Georgia] Bar in 1989. Since 1994, I have been a member of the Bar in the US State of North Carolina.
My career has been focused on humanistic, relational approaches in law. From collaborative divorce practice to restorative justice to values-based contracts (and many others), I have practiced, pioneered, and promoted innovative models and ideas. These approaches have collectively come to be known as Integrative Law.
I am a coach, consultant, and leader and the author of two of the foundational books for the global Integrative Law movement. (Both books were published by the American Bar Association.) I was named as one of the first ABA’s Legal Rebels, “finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the next generation of lawyers.”
I have trained hundreds of lawyers, law students, and other legal professionals on five continents. My most popular training is Conscious (Values-Based) Contracts. I maintain a limited legal consulting practice, working with companies and organizations on developing values-based legal documents and policies.
I am the founder (or co-founder) of numerous organizations and have developed several websites. Currently I am the co-founder and co-chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s Task Force on Relational Practice and I am responsible for the conception and creation of the task force’s inaugural Telesummit and a team leader in the Forrest Webb Network.
I am a regular contributor to several periodicals including Enlivening Edge and Conscious Company Magazines and a frequent writer for several American Bar Association publications and The Conscious Lawyer (UK) Magazine.