Collaborative Divorce Training
In April 2013 35 attorneys attended the first ever training in Collaborative Divorce for South Africa instructed by Pauline Tesler, the director of the Integrative Law Institute in San Francisco. Pauline is a family law specialist, who, since the mid 1990’s has been a pioneer in developing and extending the practice of collaborative law and interdisciplinary team collaborative divorce worldwide. Pauline co-founded the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) in the late 1990’s and served as its first president. She is author of the critically acclaimed practice manual Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation.
A second round of Collaborative Divorce training is being planned for late November, early December 2013. If you are interested, please ensure you are subscribed to receive Shark Free Waters, the CIL newsletter so you will receive timeous notice of the next training.
Appreciative Inquiry is an organisational development enquiry method which focuses on increasing what an organisation does well instead of eliminating what it does badly. Integrative lawyers worldwide have discovered that this is a useful tool as it contrasts so dramatically with the lawyer’s default mindset which is often one of critical enquiry! Many family law attorneys are benefitting from basic training in this methodology and even commercial attorneys are learning how to reframe their sessions with clients. Law firms all around the world are also beginning to see the huge value of this tool in facilitating organisational growth.
Kim Wright is a trained AI trainer and we are discussing dates for Kim to offer AI training in Johannesburg and Cape Town late November, early December 2013. Please email the CIL if interested.
Introduction to Systems Thinking
Central to the Integrative Law Movement is multi-disciplinary thinking: ensuring that the legal system is able to utilize the latest thinking and methodologies from other professions. Systems Thinking is used extensively in the fields of Organisational Development and Sustainability as thought leaders continue to show us that everything happens in relation to everything around it. The legal system is no exception and we know that changes in one area have huge ramifications in another. As legislation is introduced we find all sorts of unintended consequences that the legislators had not dreamed of. For example, a large commercial contract for the sale of a shopping centre is part of an enormous system of documents, role players, stake holders that take place within greater systems that include the geographical area, a political system and a monetary system. There is no lawyer who cannot benefit from a basic understanding of Systems Thinking and the Centre for Integrative Law is developing course material. Please feel free to contact us if this is of interest to you.
Café Conversations for Law Firms
Cafe Conversations is an organisational development tool that has proved an invaluable tool for large scale discussions in many organisations. It is hoped to make this methodology available to law firms seeking change.
Flawless Consulting Courses
(based on the work of Peter Block)
Flawless Consulting training is currently offered in South Africa through Symphonia. Amanda Boardman and Kim Wright are working on developing this excellent and profound course, based on the work of Peter Block, into an offering specifically tailored to the legal profession.
Peter Block is the recipient of the Organization Development Network’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004 he received their first place Members’ Choice Award in recognition of his book, Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used (1999) as the most influential book for Organizational Development practitioners over the past 40 years.
Scenario Planning for lawyers
Many business schools teach scenario planning as a useful way for leaders to look at future strategies. Scenario planning is a very useful skill for lawyers who must provide documents today which will support parties in the unknown future. For those interested in scenario planning the work of Clem Sunter and Adam Kahane are recommended.
Non violent communication
This is also known as Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication, a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg. NVC often functions as a conflict resolution process. It focuses on three aspects of communication: self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one’s own inner experience), empathy (defined as listening to another with deep compassion), and honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself authentically in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others). Lawyers around the world have trained in NVC and are bringing it to their legal work, for example, Linda Alvarez, one of the American Bar Association’s Legal Rebel Award Winners.
The CIL is working on bringing Linda Alvarez to South Africa to run workshops on her work. Discussions are also underway to bring Jan Van Koert, of the Netherlands back to SA to provide NVC training. He has trained many lawyers and judges in NVC globally.