Lawyers as Peacemakers Conference at UNISA October 2015

How things are unfolding in the South African world of Integrative Law

UNISA Lawyers as Peacemakers








In September 2012 after my first Skype conversation with Kim Wright, author of Lawyers as Peacemakers, events happily transpired to bring Kim to South Africa so that I could learn about the global Integrative Law Movement and introduce more South Africans to it.  Of course Integrative Law is not specific to any country or region  – it is simply the name for a global movement of awakening professionals throughout the legal system who are asking questions such as:

“What if we aren’t all separate and at odds with each other? What if the corrections system with its focus on retribution is ultimately dehumanizing and damaging to all of us? Maybe we will always have problems and disputes and accidents and crimes but is there a better way to address these problems than suiting up in armour and hacking away at each other, symbolically or otherwise? But how do we get from here to there?”*

* the beautifully phrased questions are by Sheila Boyce, reproduced in Lawyers as Peacemakers by J Kim Wright

In South Africa, we’ve long had a tradition of viewing conflict holistically and of resolving matters in a way that takes the whole community into account. However, indigenous conflict resolution methodology (or African Jurisprudence, which is underpinned by principles such as Ubuntu) has been replaced by the RD Law & English systems. Therefore, like much of the West, SA has moved firmly towards an individualistic, and very much rights-based jurisprudence. The problem is that this has taken us far away from viewing ourselves as part of an interconnected community.

In my own presentation at this conference, I mentioned something Martin Luther King said in 1963:

Over 50 years have passed and now we are in the midst of another crisis, a crisis based on spiritual illiteracy. In today’s worldview there is an impression the universe is not an interconnected, living system, and that life can be exploited. We’ve lost our sense of service to life itself.”   

How the Lawyers as Peacemakers conference came about

During Kim Wright’s 2012 visit to SA, we did a talk at UNISA and the professor introducing us was Prof John Faris who runs IDRA, the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa. It led to Prof Faris travelling to the Arizona the following year to take part in the Lawyers as Peacemakers conference there, and finally, 3 years later, led to Prof Faris hosting a Lawyers As Peacemakers Conference at UNISA in October 2015.


Despite October 2015 finding me heavily pregnant at 33 weeks, I knew I had to attend this event  – my last trip before I stop flying. I am so glad I did. It was an amazingly fulfilling experience to see the effect of the work the Centre for Integrative Law has done over the last 3 years and to have a chance to reflect on the progress.  It has often been incredibly lonely and a tough journey business wise – to talk of a new consciousness in the law and bringing values and humanity back to the profession, to talk of lawyers as healers – often I am met with blank gazes.  Some of the projects I’ve initiated have been very successful, but I suppose I always carry with me the ones that did not come to life, the things that didn’t get funded and the events that never came together!

Although the CIL has held some very successful meetings of SAILA – the South African Integrative Lawyers’ Association, this hasn’t yet become a viable community and certainly not from a financial standpoint…(it will I trust this – particularly after the Lawyers as Peacemakers conference) but as I chatted to lawyers I’ve got to know over the last 4 years and heard where people are coming from now and the work they’re doing, I realised the shifts are enormous. The CIL has achieved much of what I had hoped when I started it and I need to spend a little time acknowledging this, not only seeing the long road lying ahead in terms of all I would still like to achieve.

photo: Prof Faris talks to Pritima Osman from the Justice Department – who works with the rights of the Child. I have work to do with Pritima – she’s a mover and shaker but does so behind the scenes.

Some of the  CIL milestones I’m reflecting on:


SEP 2012:  Amanda Lamond & Dr Kim Wright facilitate the First Integrative Law Conference in South Africa with 40 attorneys, advocates, prosecutors and   academics.

SEP 2012  Amanda Lamond & Dr Kim Wright present at UNISA; meet with Judge Edwin Cameron;   meet with Nic Swart, Acting CEO of the Law Society of   South Africa

FEB 2013:   Presentation by Amanda Lamond to LEAD and LSSA members at annual strategy session, on invitation of Nic   Swart, CEO of LSSA/ LEAD.

FEBR 2013  Prof John Faris of UNISA attends Integrative Law   Conference in Arizona on invitation of Dr Kim Wright

MAR 2013  Collaborative Divorce Trainings (first ever in SA) held in   Cape Town and Johannesburg by Pauline Tesler Director   of   the Integrative Law Institute (San Francisco). 37   attorneys trained

MARCH 2013  Neuro-literacy for Lawyers: the science of conflict by   Pauline Tesler,. Held in Johannesburg (approximately 80   attendees) and Cape Town (30 attendees)

AUGUST 2013  SAILA launch – the South African Integrative Lawyers   Association holds its first meeting (6 meetings held btw 2013 & 2014)

JAN 2014  Amanda & CIL guest-speaker Dr Kim Wright, present 3 day Integrative Law Program to 25 Legal Aid Justice Centre managers

FEB/MAR 2014  SAILA holds its 6th meeting in Cape Town. Interest shown in launching chapters of SAILA in Johannesburg.

FEB/MAR 2014  CIL presents Collaborative divorce training (second time in SA) in Johannesburg and Cape Town by Dr J Kim Wright

MARCH 2014  CIL guestspeaker Dr Kim Wright speaks at Miller du Toit Family Law Conference and UNISA on Integrative   Law & Collaborative Practice.


A lot of projects late 2014 and early 2015 did not come to fruition – but in September 2015 the CIL presented Finding New Ways for Women to Lead in Law to extraordinary feedback and reviews. Please see the video on the CIL’s home page. We’re now launching WOLELA: Women Leading in Law, a new national community of women lawyers seeking to develop themselves professionally and personally over the course of 2016. And Finding New Ways will run in 2016 in both JHB and CT.



Bev Loubser talks to Chamundai Curran.

At this event, it was a privilege to see lawyers I’ve connected with over the last 4 years, who have supported the mission and vision of the CIL, stand up and talk about the legal work and projects they’re now running. These are all extraordinary individuals who are finding the courage to do things differently and bring light & new thinking to the areas of law in which they practice. They include:

Robert DeRooy, mediator and lawyer in Cape Town who’s developing visual contracts for domestic workers as well as drafting contracts using systems thinking and non-adversarial approaches – very pioneering work.image1


That’s me talking to Robert De Rooy.





Gaby McKellar, magistrate at the Wynberg Court who does extraordinary caring and compassionate work with families and children. I gave her talk a standing ovation! 

Bev Loubser – trained in Collaborative Divorce, helping establish this new methodology as a viable and family-saving way of approaching divorce. 

Jacques Joubert, mediator who dedicates enormous time to teaching mediation skills and showing litigators that there is another way.

Sheena Jonker, a restorative justice peacemaker who does amazing work whenever there is conflict in any community, she jumps in and helps – often in very volatile situations where her own safety is at risk.

It was also a privilege to meet Chamundai Curran, a lawyer turned spiritual healer from Australia, who I hosted for an introductory session (and healing) with a few lawyers the following week in Cape Town.

And of course to finally meet Peggy Hora, the judge who is famous for pioneering specialist Drug Courts in the US. I have long wished these courts would be established in South Africa, removing from the criminal justice system, those drug addicted offenders who have a good chance of rehabilitation.

And of course, it’s always like a home-coming to spend time, though this was very very little time, with Kim Wright, who is the global connector of people committed and interested in Integrative Law everywhere. 

It was eye opening to hear Judge Bosielo share his forward-thinking views on integrative law & it gave me much to hope for in our SA justice system if we have more judges like him.




Talking to Judge Bosielo, with Nic Swart, director of the LSSA behind us.





I am grateful to Prof Faris and his team at UNISA – as they are the only other organisation in South Africa currently  using the term “Integrative Law, other than the CIL. Thank you for bringing together so many open hearts and minds under one roof at the Lawyers as Peacemakers conference so that we can continue to inspire and encourage each other to bring a new consciousness to the legal system.

It is now time I step back for a few months, despite being in the middle of birthing WOLELA – Women Leading in Law – because I am about to birth my own little boy due on 1 December.

There is so much I still want to achieve with the Centre for Integrative Law, but above all, I know I need to be a role model for the concept of integration. And right now, that means putting my family first for a while.

With thanks to all that have helped get the Centre for Integrative Law where it is today, and all those who work tirelessly to heal the legal profession and help the world see lawyers in a new light.

Amanda Lamond

(PS. for those who don’t know, my name happens to mean “the worthy of love lawyer”. Pretty apt!)

Women in Law: Finding New Ways


“Synergistic forces were evident in more ways than imagined when I found myself at a recent summit entitled ‘ Finding New Ways for Women to Lead in Law’, a joint venture between the Centre for Integrative Law & UCT’s Law@Work Division. I had planned to go in my private capacity as an independent consultant/law lecturer but was fortunate to have attended as a guest of the new and innovative law firm, Whipping the Cat, Tailored Legal Services, one of the many sponsors amongst Investec, Old Mutual, Webber Wentzel, Werkmans, Cognia Law and others.


Dominique & Ann

What transpired amongst the 100 or more delegates and 24 odd speakers throughout the day- consisting solely of women in law in varying capacities as high- powered professionals and practicing lawyers, academics, and consulting entrepreneurs – was a notably conscious energy of women interested in meeting the challenges of a changing legal world.

Amanda Lamond’s brave and honest opening started with a rhetorical question on these lines: ‘In the last decade, more women have entered the profession. Did this mean that there were simply more women professionals in law or did it mean that law was becoming a more ‘feminine’ profession?’

This was followed by the warm and inspiring keynote address by Yvonne Kgame who told of her personal journey of ‘Infinite Grace’ (part of the title of her book ,a Miraculous Awakening which she generously gave to me after I introduced myself to her (and spontaneously hugged her!)  commenting on her almost divine wisdom.









We know that lawyers don’t do touchy feely. We also know that there are a lot of lawyers in South Africa trying to do things differently and feeling like they’re alone. So we have created SAILA, Southern Africa’s Integrative Lawyers Association.

It’s a community of integrative lawyers supporting each other to transform the practice of law towards problem-solving, peacemaking and healing.  Some are more into the problem-solving and some are more into the healing, there’s space for a wide variety of worldviews in SAILA!

To date we’ve held 6 gatherings and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. One lawyer told us that the support of SAILA has finally given her the courage to start doing the type of legal work she’s always wanted to try. Her practice is still composed of 75% of her traditional area of law, but she’s devoting 25% of her time to a new offering that she’s really excited about. Two other lawyers are delighted that SAILA has put them in touch with each other because we could see they both work with legal visual contracts. As neither of them has written or received much publicity about their work (yet) they haven’t been able to find each other online.

In September 2014 SAILA will begin operating on a subscription basis. For the cost of approximately two hours of billable time, you can join a community of lawyers across the country practicing law in new ways.

Being a SAILA member will enable you to:

  • Attend SAILA meetings with like-minded lawyers to support you in your professional and personal development. Some meetings are discussion groups, others are presentations of interest to lawyers eg: executive coaching for lawyers; dealing with anxiety; Creative Problem Solving Tools; Understanding the Neuroscience of Conflict
  • Be part of a Membership directory for the public looking for lawyers who practice client-centred lawyering and do things differently
  • Have access to discussion forums that will allow you to learn from colleagues on subjects such as “moving beyond the billable hour to project based fees” and other Integrative law topics.
  • Have a place to debrief some of the more taxing aspects of your practice
  • Have access to articles, sites and blogs relating to new practice areas and new practice methods
  • Receive significant discounts for CIL trainings and events, including the Annual Conference, more about that HERE.

Joining SAILA will help you realize you’re not alone in your thinking, it may give you the courage to design your practice in alignment with who you truly are and it may encourage you to take better care of all the parts of yourself – to realize your body is not just a life-support system for your intellect!

Lawyers tearful with gratitude is something we’re quite familiar with at the Centre for Integrative Law. Why? Because we work in a profession that brings us into daily contact with people in the grip of rage, tragedy grief, loss, separation and insecurity. It is a profession that expects us to miraculously not take on board any of our clients’ stuff. It is a profession that doesn’t allow for us to have our own emotions about these things or ways of releasing these emotions. Crying about cases is not going to help you in your quest for partnership or the corner office. It is a profession that demands we always have an answer to everyone’s problems. Often we work in organisations where there is very little tolerance for being wrong which cripples any desire we may have to try something new or be creative. Law is based on precedent. We do things this way “because we’ve always done it this way” and we don’t show chinks in the armour of our suits.

Is it any wonder that lawyers find it a relief to realize they are not alone in carrying this burden? To realize that there is indeed a whole repertoire of skills they did not get taught at law school that it might be time to learn. It is always a privilege to work with lawyers ready for change and grateful for support in the change process. This was our experience with many of the delegates during 3 days Integrative Law Training with Legal Aids Justice Centre Managers and senior managers from around the country in January 2014. These are lawyers doing brave work with the poorest of clients and limited resources.  But while in some ways the Legal Aid Lawyers’ experience may be very different from lawyers in private practice, in others it is very similar. Research shows that all over the world there are lawyers thinking:

  • The way I currently practice is not why I joined the legal profession.
  • I sometimes look around the legal system and feel like I am profoundly out of place, like I have landed on an alien planet.
  • I wish I could help my clients understand their own role in creating this conflict!
  • On this case I’d like to use a problem-solving model I’ve been told about and I’d like to see what happens if we brought everyone involved in this conflict into one room but I’m not sure I have the courage to try it.
  • I wish I had the ability to give each case the full benefit of my attention instead of being permanently rushed. I realize when I lie awake at night that mostly what my clients want is someone to tell their story to.

As more lawyers question the legal system and their role in it, they are wanting to connect with colleagues who are not despondent, but are actively pioneering change. The Global Alliance of Integrative Lawyers is beginning to take shape and it is hoped that SAILA will eventually become part of a global network.

You will be sent an invitation to join SAILA in August! Please contact the CIL with any suggestions or comments you may have regarding SAILA.

The Values-Driven Lawyer



“For me the big prize that I walked away with was the knowledge and awareness that I am not alone in the legal world. That there are many other fascinating authentic and richly complex women lawyers all over the world who are conscious at all levels. One loves trees. One practises law from her home aided by her dog. And the male lawyer in the USA who openly proclaims his commitment to Love !” ~ Participant at JHB Values-Driven Lawyer workshop

The Values-Driven Lawyer workshop in Johannesburg in August interestingly, attracted only women. The goals of the workshop were for each lawyer to discover her values, learn how to make decisions based on her values rather than beliefs, and start to build a practice that is in alignment with who she really is. Well, it appeared the goals were a little ambitious for a ¾ day workshop! We did not manage to cover all we’d hoped to, but the conversations were valuable. It emerged there was a strong need for all the women present to share, in a supportive space, about their experience of practising law in a tough, male-dominated environment.

The model used as the basis for this workshop is the 7 Levels of Personal Consciousness designed by the Barrett Values Centre. The different levels, developed from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, show stages in the journey we go through as we evolve our consciousness. If you are interested in learning more about this model, and other models of consciousness you click here to be taken to the Shark Free Waters Blog post on Consciousness.  

Do you know what your values are? Do you keep a list of your values handy so you can refer to it when you have to make a tough decision? Do you wish you could find ways to bring who you really are at a soul level, to the work you do as a lawyer?

If you or your organisation is interested in a Values-Based Lawyer workshop, drop a mail to



The Paradigm Shift from Conventional to Collaborative Practitioner

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From the moment I stumbled across this quote by the legal pioneer and visionary Pauline Tesler: “who the lawyer is matters as much as the power of the lawyer’s intellect” I knew I had to meet this woman! Chance was in my favour and I was able to include an afternoon in San Francisco with Pauline in my Canadian trip itinerary 2 weeks later  – in July 2012. When I heard Pauline explain her extensive work in Collaborative Divorce, I vowed then and there to bring her to South Africa. Fast forward 8 months, many sleepless nights, a distinct lack of sponsorship of any kind but a steely resolve remained that the Centre for Integrative Law would bring Collaborative Divorce training to SA come hell or high water.  In April 2013 I proudly introduced the powerhouse that is Pauline Tesler to roomfuls of South African attorneys!

For  years individual lawyers in South Africa tried to get Collaborative Practice off the ground here but were constrained by the significant costs of bringing an experienced CP trainer to SA and amassing enough lawyers to attend training in something not yet familiar in SA family law. Sunel Beeselaar of FAMAC wrote a paper on Collaborative Divorce as part of her Masters in Conflict resolution at the University of Stellenbosch’s Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement.  I met Sunel at the CIL’s First Integrative Law Conference featuring US guest Kim Wright, in September 2012, and her belief that SA was ready for Collaborative Divorce training spurred me on.

Pauline Tesler is world-renowned as the Collaborative Divorce guru but her other more recent area of expertise is equally fascinating: neuroscience and law. In order to make the most of Pauline’s SA visit we arranged for her to provide Collaborative Divorce training and Neuro-literacy for Lawyers in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. You can read more about what the Neuro-Literacy Training involves here. You can read comments by delegates here.   

In the end, it was the attendance by substantial numbers of Legal Aid delegates who attended the Johannesburg Collaborative Divorce Training, and the Neuro-Literacy for Lawyers Program, which made all 4 events possible. My attempts to obtain sponsorship showed that Integrative Law and its new practice areas are still treated with some scepticism by many legal professionals in South Africa! But I have a sense this is about to change and that support from the larger firms for training in Mindfulness, Collaborative Divorce, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Transformative Mediation and Conscious Contracting amongst others, will soon materialise.  There are hundreds if not thousands of lawyers in SA who are ready to embrace the momentous shift faced by legal systems and legal professionals everywhere.  The Centre for Integrative Law is committed to ensuring that those lawyers in SA who are ready, have access to the latest, courses, training and practice areas developing worldwide.

The 35 lawyers trained in Collaborative Divorce were extremely enthusiastic and welcomed a new way of practising. It was heart warming to see, in sharp contrast to the jokes made about “sharks”, a group of lawyers on the edge of their seats wanting to know more about empathy, about compassion, about helping divorcing spouses maintain dignity and respect for each other. Many of the lawyers drawn to CP are those litigators who have excelled at trial but realised the enormous toll it has taken on them and their clients and is ready to find another way to help spouses separate.

The NACP (National Academy of Collaborative Professionals) is the chosen name for a South African organisation or affiliation to take this movement forward in SA. Practice groups have been created in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. In order to really get Collaborative Practice off the ground, more attorneys will need to be trained (as every Collaborative Divorce needs 2 attorneys) and attention needs to be brought to the public about this alternative method.

A sad postscript to this article is tragic news sent to me by one of the attorneys trained in CP in April, from Johannesburg. On 18 July a man in Johannesburg shot his ex wife and both daughters before shooting himself.  The mother is apparently alive in hospital. It is believed that they had gone through a painful divorce and had issues around the visitation rights for the children amongst other things. While lawyers cannot necessarily prevent tragedies like these, there is no doubt that divorce is such an immensely traumatic event that lawyers have to receive better training to recognise warning signs and to help clients access their highest selves, and to access the greatest vision the client can possibly hold regarding their future relationship with their children and ex spouse. Lawyers also need to work with mental health professionals, as in the CP model, so that help is available for clients who are not able to manage their experience.

A second round of Collaborative Practice training looks like it will take place in late November, early December. Please ensure you confirm your subscription to receive Shark Free Waters if you want to receive news on early registration specials. Or get in contact with some of the wonderful people in South Africa who are working to make divorce easier for clients, be they lawyers, social workers or spiritual divorce coaches.

SA Lawyers rave about Neuro-Literacy for Lawyers Seminar!

Neuro-Literacy for Lawyers Cape Town April 2013

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In April 2013 the Centre for Integrative Law brought the amazing legal pioneer Pauline Tesler to South Africa to provide the first ever Collaborative Divorce training in this country and to present two cutting-edge seminars on Neuro-Literacy for Lawyers.

We’re pleased to report there was the most  enthusiastic response to Pauline Tesler’s seminars in both Cape Town and Johannesburg and already we are planning to bring Pauline back to SA for further events.

The Neuro-Literacy seminar centred on game-changing discoveries in the fields of brain science, neuro-economics, positive psychology, body-mind awareness science, and more. Research discoveries over the past decade have dramatically changed understandings about how our human brains actually work. These discoveries potentially impact almost everything that lawyers do when we work with clients.

The intention of the seminar is to give every lawyer

  • a basic working knowledge of recent discoveries in the biological and social sciences as they relate to decision making, conflict, and choice.
  • to  transform how you think about yourself, your role as a lawyer, and your relationship with your clients

What a refreshingly new and dynamic insight into our staid profession. You are to be congratulated for having the courage of your convictions in introducing Pauline to our fraternity here. Her presentation skills and enthusiasm for her groundbreaking approach are remarkable and very infectious.~ Nick Muller, Director – Dispute Resolution, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc

Thanks so much for a very interesting and dare I say revolutionary seminar yesterday. The study of the brain and cognitive issues are, in fact, a hobby of mine and I found the discussion not only very informative but of great practical use. ~ PJ Veldhuizen  Bproc, Cert Tax, LLM, MBA, Gillan & Veldhuizen Inc, Corporate & Commercial Attorneys & Conveyancers 


The Neuro-literacy workshop was fascinating and intellectually stimulating. Pauline Tesler has the ability to explain complex scientific ideas in a clear and understandable way relating them to law and legal practice. She is also a dynamic and captivating speaker. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone working in the legal sphere as its application is vast and profound. Thank you to Amanda Boardman and the CIL for this remarkable opportunity! ~Rhiannon Thomas, Attorney, Cape Town

 Every lawyer should attend this seminar.  It is that simple.  What Pauline Tesler has done is condense much of the latest findings of neuroscience in a format which is both content-rich and palatable. Attending this seminar will not only give you another set of perspectives through which to view the entire legal profession, but a remarkable insight into human behaviour and how law is practiced in this context.  This may well be the competitive edge that will decide whether, as an individual practitioner or a firm, you flourish or flounder in these times of paradigm change. ~ Wendy Ward – Lawyer Coach

 As a first time participant in a conference dealing with concepts of Neuro-Literacy I found the experience to be thoroughly interesting. It gave me an opportunity to start thinking outside my institutionalized conservative box. I found over the past few years that while studying law taught me the background and the basics of what I needed to become a lawyer, being in practice taught me how to be a lawyer by example from my peers and personal experience. Attending a conference like Neuro-Literacy makes you sit back and realize that all you have been taught is not all there is and that by understanding and being more aware of the actions of various brain centres you can tweak your manner of dealing with a client or opposition to obtain a better outcome for all concerned.~ Anneli Wiese, Attorney,  STBB, Cape Town

A brilliant presentation- absolutely amazing and remarkable. Very interesting and informative ~Advocate Hajira Siddi Ganie, Mount Edgecombe

The seminar really fosters a complete paradigm shift in how one practices law. It is both informative and enjoyable. Definitely worth attending! ~ Grace Malavi, Attorney at ENS, Johannesburg

Pauline Tesler has a way of bringing a more human connection to the practice of law. This has been a good reminder that lawyers have a much bigger role to play in bringing the concept of ‘ubuntu’ in resolving conflicts ~ Joslyn Sithole, Attorney at ENS, Johannesburg

It was such an eye-opener! It completely altered the way I think of my clients, which of course leans more toward their behaviour. I am now able to be more attentive, objective, less judgemental and more analytical. Not forgetting that a little bit of empathy and emotions should be and will be incorporated when engaging with clients ~ Phindi Keswa, Attorney at Johannesburg Justice Centre

What an eye opener- should be mandatory training for all family law attorneys ~ Bev Loubser, Loubser Attorneys, Johannesburg

Fresh approach to ‘lawyering’- valuable, inspiring and insightful. Indeed something to practice ~ Janette Henzon-du Toit, Johannesburg

Involves a profoundly different mind shift. Enlightening! The new challenge is exciting ~ Gina Vlachos, Clarks Attorneys, Johannesburg

180 degree shift in mind set! Valuable, stimulating and challenging. Personal growth at best. Collaborative law and this session absolutely rocks! Self discovery and eye opener! ~ Caroline Foord, Attorney, Johannesburg

Valuable. Opened the scope of my thoughts ~Luvuyo Silandela, Attorney, Johannesburg

This was really enlightening. Will be of value in daily practice and litigation. Will recommend to others ~Nel Van Zyl, Attorney, Johannesburg

Very stimulating and valuable- a lot of attorneys could use it, in fact all attorneys and the legal professionals must attend this course ~ Michael Ramaphosa, Attorney, Johannesburg

It is an amazing eye-opener. A must attend for every lawyer. ~Bishop Kgagara, Attorney, Johannesburg

Pauline’s clear vision of lawyers assisting and helping clients resolve their interpersonal conflict is pervasive and fulfilling…~ Riva Lange, Riva Lange Attorneys, Johannesburg

Not ‘the’ story but ‘a’ story. A new revolution! ~ Sue Le Roux, Attorney, Pretoria

Very innovative and thought provoking ~B.M Marshall, Attorney, Pretoria

Of vital importance- should be taught at legal school and at university! ~ Mariette Kruger, MC Kruger Attorneys, Johannesburg

This was an eye opener and can change the way we interact with our clients… ~Lorraine Masuku, Attorney, Johannesburg


Neuro-literacy for lawyers April 2013 Sign Up



“Pauline Tesler is the most dynamic, articulate and mesmerizing presenter I have ever heard. Thank you for this incredible opportunity to learn. It was one of the best trainings I’ve attended.” – Susan Hansen, Milwaukee, WI

“The world as we know it is changing— and so is the legal profession.”

The Centre for Integrative Law  PROUDLY PRESENTS 
NEURO-LITERACY FOR LAWYERS – 1 day seminar in CT and JHB
With global legal pioneer Pauline Tesler, from San Francisco.
Pauline Tesler is a rockstar in the legal world

She has won every award in the United States relating to pioneering or innovative approaches to law including the first “Lawyer as Problem Solver” award from the American Bar Association in 2002; being named as a California “Superlawyer” annually for nearly a decade; being included in “Best Lawyers in America” since 2011 and the Collaborative Practice California’s “Eureka” award.Since 1998 Pauline has given more than 100 introductory, intermediate, and advanced collaborative trainings and workshops for lawyers and interdisciplinary teams across North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, continental Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Israel.

While Pauline is regarded as the global expert on Collaborative Divorce, in the last 8 years her work has expanded to integrate understandings from the neurosciences to enrich and deepen the work of all lawyers. Pauline will be presenting seminars on 

Neuro-literacy for Lawyers and on the more niche Collaborative Divorce in each major city while in South Africa.

Neuro-Literacy for Lawyers

This is a first-of-its-kind workshop teaching lawyers practical take-aways based on game-changing discoveries in the fields of brain science, neuro-economics, positive psychology, body-mind awareness science, and more. Research discoveries over the past decade have dramatically changed understandings about how our human brains actually work. These discoveries potentially impact almost everything that lawyers do when we work with clients.

Neuro-literacy is not optional. To do the best for clients every lawyer needs a basic working knowledge of recent discoveries in the biological and social sciences as they relate to decision making, conflict, and choice. This introductory workshop can transform how you think about yourself, your role as a lawyer, and your relationship with your clients.

1 day seminar (ENS Offices in Cape Town foreshore & JHB, Sandton)

Cape Town: 10 April

Johannesburg: 23 April




Learn how to:

  • Enhance your negotiation skills
  • Grasp the enormous benefit of understanding the essential elements of human cognition and motivation
  • Learn concepts and practical techniques that can make conflict resolution and deal negotiation more effective and satisfying for dealmakers and clients
  • Consider some of the ethical implications of these new understandings about how humans are wired

Law and emotions scholarship has reached a critical moment in its trajectory and it has become a varied and dynamic body of work. Yet many lawyers and legal academics remain ambivalent about the huge potential of these developments.  Attend this cutting edge introductory course in practical “neuro-literacy” to explore new perspectives on why we and our clients behave as we do during conflict and conflict resolution— and how we might do better.

Who should attend?

  • Attorneys in all areas of legal practice especially commercial, property and family law
  • Advocates & judges 
  • Mediators & arbitrators involved in ADR (all practice areas)
  • in house counsel, dealmakers & negotiators – business people who spend significant time negotiating will find this valuable
  • academics who want to be up to speed on global legal developments




Testimonials about Pauline H. Tesler’s trainings

“The [Neuro Collaboration] course fills a void; professionals can now truly understand the inner workings of what goes through the minds of our clients when they are in conflict. The rewards from taking this course are remarkable! ” Frederick Glassman, JD, President, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, listed in Best Lawyers in America, member of Board, California Dispute Resolution Council, Registered Observer for the Uniform Collaborative Law Act.

“The NeuroCollaboration course was spellbinding! It engaged everyone in the class from beginning to end —we sometimes almost forgot to take breaks! This cutting edge information about human meaning making and behaviour should be required study—early on —in every law school and conflict resolution curriculum.” Tom Owens, JD, LLM, civil /commercial mediator, arbitrator, negotiator, consultant, and coach, listed in Best  Lawyers in America.

“I have been teaching law for 30 years. Pauline Tesler is probably the best trainer I have ever encountered.In addition to a profound understanding of the subject, she has a brilliant ability to convey the deep ethical and human implications of collaborative [practice], while simultaneously addressing practical steps in a way that engages her audience.” Iris Burke, faculty, University of Florida Law School

SA’s 1st Integrative Law Conference

Kim Wright’s Visit to Cape Town


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Kim Wright, the legal visionary and author of ABA Bestseller Lawyers as Peacemakers visited Cape Town in September 2012 to present two events to the legal profession.

The first was a lunchtime talk at  UCT’s Graduate School of Business and the second was a full day Integrative Law Conference  – the first Integrative Law conference ever to take place in South Africa! It was held at the CPUT Hotel School in Granger Bay on 27 September 2012.

Kim Wright and Amanda Boardman also presented a break-out session at the international Barrett Values Centre conference, held in Cape Town in September 2012.

The attorneys, advocates, prosecutors and mediators who attended the Integrative Law Conference were very enthusiastic about their introduction to Integrative Law.

Some of the feedback:

“A warm thank you for creating such an inspiring space for me to begin my journey into law.”

“My head is buzzzzzzzzzzzzing with all the new ideas. I don’t think I will get to sleep tonight. As a one person practice, I can implement the changes from tomorrow! Wow, that’s exciting, I don’t need permission from anybody!”

“Well done on a successful start to the Centre for Integrative Law! Today was one of the highlights of my legal career to date.” 

“Thank you Kim for being a door-opener so that it is easier for people like me to walk through; and Amanda for being a visionary”