“If you want to bring a fundamental change in people’s belief and behavior…you need to create a community around them, where those new beliefs can be practiced and expressed and nurtured.” ~Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point
The CIL is a consultancy providing workshops, training and conferences to lawyers, law firms and law schools, all of which are premised on helping lawyers practise law more mindfully, and with greater compassion. The CIL draws on developments in the global Integrative Law Movement in which 1000’s of lawyers are looking at how we bring humanity back to the legal profession. This includes helping lawyers heal, so that they can be healers of conflict, instead of the stressed out, broken, disillusioned practitioners that many are.
We are at a moment in legal history that requires a fundamental reorganization towards problem solving and a new operating system to successfully address our global epidemic of chronic conflict. Old legal practices and court models produce fragmented, compartmentalized outcomes which do not resolve the core problems or produce positive societal or individual satisfaction. Forward thinking lawyers and law firms are starting to make shifts from the traditional hierarchical, left-brain, win/lose mindset to a more intuitive, inclusive, inter-connected world view. For example, many firms are embracing mediation as one of their services and some are renaming their “litigation department” the “Conflict Resolution Department”. These shifts will not only change the perception of the legal profession in the public’s eye but will also allow lawyers to fulfil their client’s needs in a more authentic way. All over the world new legal practices and processes are arising in response to these issues. The CIL works with South African lawyers who are at the forefront of the new paradigm of law.