Kim’s Personal Vision:
We live in an interconnected world. We are all relations, including all the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees. We are family.
Kim’s Vision for the Legal System:
The seeds of the late 1990s and early 2000s have flourished. We are grateful to our pioneers and trailblazers who held this vision and brought it to fruition.
Lawyers are now recognized for our true purpose: peacemaking, problem-solving, and healing the wounds of the community. We are changemakers in society. Trials are rare and civil. Collaboration, prevention, and transformation are the lawyers’ stock in trade. We create sustainable agreements and resolutions.
Lawmakers serve, conscious of all the stakeholders, and of our interconnectedness with Nature and each other. They work on common goals and shared values to benefit everyone.
Law enforcement focuses on Right Relationships, working in partnership with the community to foster strong, empowered, safe communities.
Judges are wise leaders who help to balance competing values, hold everyone accountable, and deliver fair results with love, compassion and empathy. They look for beneficial and therapeutic results.
Prisons are a part of our past. Now we focus on rehabilitation, accountability, healing, and reconnection for all members of society. Criminal behavior is seen as a symptom of brokenness that needs to be healed.
Law students still learn the focused, analytical thinking that is known as thinking like a lawyer. Now they are also trained in holistic thinking. Art is part of the balanced core curriculum and law students are encouraged to pursue their interests, values, and wholeness.
Our history of restorative practices and nonviolent communication in schools has helped to produce citizens who tell their truths, take responsibility, and accept accountability.
The Legal System Works for Everyone. There are no more lawyer jokes. They’re not funny anymore.
My mission is to find, connect, support, and showcase those who are working toward manifesting my vision of the legal system. I am catalyzing the new legal system.
Kim’s Values and Principles:
Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings. Courage to initiate something and to keep it going, pioneering and adventurous spirit to blaze new ways, often, in our land of opportunity. — Walt Disney
Integrity and Alignment with Purpose and Values
Now, more than ever in human history, it is easier to connect, inspire, build, and accomplish. It naturally follows then that our emphasis be placed first on Why rather than How. We need to challenge ourselves, base our actions on value-driven rather than results-driven equations, and ask some tough questions… — Bobak Tavangar
Freedom balanced with Responsibility
Freedom, like any other virtue, does not exist in a vacuum. It must be worked and practiced to exist at all. And like any other virtue, it imposes upon those who would have it the unpleasant tasks of discipline and sacrifice. A materialistic people do not learn these tasks by reading posters or listening to pep talks, any more than you can learn to play the violin by the same methods. –Ralph Austin Bard, United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside someone else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you, too. –Frederick Buechnere
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!
— W. H. Murray