WOLELA – WOMEN LEADING IN LAW
Are you a woman practising law in South Africa who’s looking for MORE? More fulfilment, more joy and more alignment between who YOU are and HOW you practise law?
Join WOLELA – Women Leading in Law! We have branches in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
(maybe Durban soon too – want to help make this happen?)
SAILA – The South African Integrative Lawyers’ Association
We’re in the process of structuring SAILA.
In short here’s the deal: there are approximately 30 000 lawyers in SA. Out of those, only a small percentage are going to be interested in Integrative Law and actually “get” the full picture of the systemic breakdown of the legal system which in so many instances, is not serving people’s needs. (Lawyers are leaving the profession in droves. Clients are unhappy. Lawyers are unhappy.)
If you’ve landed on this page, there’s a chance you are one of these FEW lawyers who:
- sense they were called to the legal profession for a reason
- believe change is possible (although they might feel a bit jaded too)
- want to be part of creating that change (even if they’re not sure how)
If you’re one of THESE lawyers, then you need to get signed up to become part of SAILA
“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,
Are you a legal pioneer?
Are you going to be part of the 300 lawyers in South Africa who constitute the 1% tipping point working towards healing the legal profession?
Join SAILA today.
Find the contact details 0n this site and mail us.
LEARN ABOUT THE INTEGRATIVE LAW MOVEMENT:
We are at a moment in legal history that requires a fundamental re-organization towards problem solving and a new operating system to successfully address our global epidemic of chronic conflict.
Anyone who is working to transform the legal system and legal profession so that it can meet the goals a legal system is intended to meet, may fall under this umbrella term “Integrative Law Movement”.
As viewed by the movement, the basic goals of a legal system include but are not limited to providing access to justice; designing, managing, and healing relationships; and providing stable, organic, flexible structures for a just, stable and harmonious community.
Unless you have your head in the sand, you’ve probably noticed that there are many parts of the law not working so well. In the system generally we have court models that produce fragmented, compartmentalized outcomes which do not resolve the core problems or produce positive societal or individual satisfaction. That is to say, so often these days the winner of a court battle is as dissatisfied as the loser. There’s something wrong with the system! Even in criminal cases many victims don’t get what they wanted from the process either – but that’s another part of the story. (see Restorative Justice to learn about this aspect).
The good news is that everywhere there are lawyers and law firms are starting to shift consciously from a rigid, hierarchical, left-brain, win/lose mindset to a more intuitive, inclusive, inter-connected world view. 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 Centre for Integrative Law is helping people inside and outside the profession to learn about the changes.
One example of a development in Integrative Law is contract lawyers who are pioneering ways to draft more conscious contracts, that strengthen relationships instead of setting up adversarial relationships from the start. Not so many lawyers are onto this yet as it is NOT what we’re taught at law school. The change here is being driven by conscious businesses who are rejecting the archaic, adversarial and impenetrable language of traditional contracts.