What is the CIL?

Why the CIL came into being:


[quote style=”boxed”]An integrative approach to law involves a mindshift towards understanding that a legal system is a fluid and dynamic system, inextricably woven into the fabric of the society it is expected to contain[/quote]

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e 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. Lawyers and law firms need to start shifting 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.


What is the Centre for Integrative Law?

The CIL is an educational consultancy created to help South Africa articulate a new vision of law, drawing on developments in the global Integrative Law Movement. The CIL provides programmes, workshops and trainings to lawyers, law firms and law schools, focussing on new ways of practising law more mindfully and promoting emotionally competent lawyering.


  1. Introducing new Integrative Law practice areas: Bringing global legal thought-leaders to South Africa to provide training in a diverse range of cutting edge areas of legal practice including Collaborative Divorce and Therapeutic Jurisprudence.
  2. Personal & Professional Development Programmes: These programmes are designed and facilitated by multi-disciplinary experts to help lawyers actualise their highest potential and develop their leadership skills.
  3. Organisational Transformation Consulting services:  Using the Barrett Values Centre Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) to assist organisations on becoming vision-led and values-driven.  Specialist focus is the intersection between culture and law: ensuring a company’s legal documents reflect their desired organisational culture


1.     Introducing new Integrative Law practice areas

All over the world new legal methods and practices are emerging in response to societal changes. The new practice areas include Transformative Mediation, Collaborative Divorce, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Restorative Justice, Preventive Law, Earth Law, Conscious Contracts (Values-based contracting),  and Sharing Law. The CIL aims to help lawyers in SA have access to qualifications in these new areas.

In April 2013 the CIL offered the first ever Collaborative Divorce training in South Africa run by global expert, Pauline Tesler from San Francisco. Approximately 35 attorneys were trained and plans are underway for a second round of training towards the end of 2013. Ms Tesler also provided training in Neuro-literacy for Lawyers, an introduction to the neuro-science of conflict and negotiation, to more than 100 lawyers in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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Integrative Law embraces interdisciplinary training: training lawyers in useful dialogue and interpersonal practices and methodologies such as Powerful-Non-defensive Communication and Appreciative Inquiry, used by Organisational Development Practitioners.

 2.      Personal & Professional Development Programmes

Pauline Tesler, winner of the first American Bar Association Lawyer as Problem-Solver Award writes:

“What kind of person the lawyer is, matters  equally as much as the power of the lawyer’s intellect.”

A lawyer cannot do his or her best work when disconnected, over-tired, burnt out or oblivious to his underlying drives. Increasingly, law firms are beginning to understand the importance of high employee engagement levels and the cost of losing and having to replace their best lawyers.

The CIL works with carefully selected experts in executive coaching, organisational development and psychological well-being to offer programmes, workshops and courses designed to actualise the highest potential of legal professionals. Personal development training might be based on intellectual, emotional or spiritual development of lawyers or on all three.  While lawyers often recoil from the term “spiritual”, we use this word to mean looking at your life purpose, why you were drawn to the field of law and how to develop a legal practice that allows you to have integrity, be true to your own values and feel good about what you do.

To see which courses and events are currently open for registration or those which are available by request please click here or go to the COURSES AND EVENTS tab in the top menu.

Courses and Events 2013 

  • Mindfulness for Lawyers – 8 weeks
  • 10 Keys for Lawyers:  to take charge of Happiness & Success
  • Introduction to Integrative Law
  • Collaborative Divorce Training


Courses available on Request

  • Neuro science for lawyers
  •  De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats
  •  Maximising Female Thinking in Law Firms
  • Depth Leadership for Lawyers

The CIL is a process rather than expert consultancy which means that through a consultative process we will help you determine the scope of any personal development programmes and the best suited facilitators. Without deep dialogue we cannot determine in the most effective and appropriate intervention.   The framework for most of our programmes is the Barrett Values Centre CTT (Cultural Transformation Tools). The CTT include an Individual Values Assessment (IVA) and a Leadership Values Assessment (LVA) and group assessments which you can read about below under “Organisational Transformation”. Coaching programs for law firms are designed on request.

Personality Profiling tools including the Enneagram and MBTI can be included where suitable.  A cohesive programme could consist of one-on-one coaching for lawyers within a firm, or a series of interactive group sessions designed to focus on the specific issues facing that law firm, or group of professionals within the firm, such as candidate attorneys.  A unique Employee Engagement Survey for Law Firms is also used as a diagnostic.

3. Organisational Transformation Consulting services

“Organisations don’t change people do” ~ Richard Barrett

The CIL believes that every law firm should aspire to be vision-led and values-driven. This does not mean creating a shortlist of values and putting them in the reception area and on the website. What it does mean is an extensive process of asking all the lawyers in the firm what their personal values are, what they feel the firm’s values are, and finally, what they would like the firm’s values to be. With substantial feedback, the firm can then be guided on a journey where it learns to live its chosen values through all its interactions with staff, clients and all its stakeholders.  

The CIL offers whole system change programmes using the Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) of the Barrett Values Centre. Each organisation is unique and therefore in each case the CIL will work with the organisation to identify which indicators will used to measure the success of the programme. To embed the programmes, buy-in from the executive team is a pre-requisite as is the full collaboration with the HR team. Most organisational programmes focus around 4 types of alignment:

personal alignment  –     (Individually: Am I able to act and behave in accordance with my beliefs while working                                                                     here?)

mission alignment  –       (Individually & Collectively: Is my personal mission in alignment with the group mission?)

structural alignment  –  (Collectively: Is there alignment between what we believe and value and what we do?)

values alignment  –           (Individually & Collectively: Is there alignment between my personal beliefs and values and                                                           the firm’s beliefs and values?)

The CIL’s niche expertise lies in the intersection of organisational culture and legal relationships.  Organisational values often remain purely conceptual – they are a concept of how people should treat each other. We believe that legal contracts provide a practical way for an organisation to live its values because they require the organisation to behave in a certain way, that is congruent with its values.

Many organisations try to “live their values” and spend $1000’s on consulting fees with regard to their relationships  – but they forget to pay any attention to the agreement which EMBODIES the relationship – which is the legal contract. The CIL doesn’t believe an organisation can have a value based relationship with its employees unless  the legal contract underpinning that relationship is also values- based. To this end we have developed:

  • 7 Levels Employment Contract template – based on 7 Levels of Organisational Consciousness
  • 7 Levels Employee Engagement Survey tool mapped to the 7 Levels of Organisational Consciousness.



[tabs style=”default”] [tab title=”Education”]For the well-being of our legal system, it is imperative that South Africa is up to date with global developments in the Integrative Law Movement. There are currently many fragmented initiatives to bring worldwide experts in collaborative law, therapeutic jurisprudence and mindful lawyering to South Africa. We hope to facilitate and co-ordinate the visits of such experts through funding where obtainable but if not, then through the support of those lawyers and law firms who see the value in keeping South Africa’s legal profession up to speed with global progression.[/tab] [tab title=”Community”]Ensuring that the latest thinking in legal innovation is available to our legal profession is not just about bringing experts from other countries. It is also about harnessing the energy, knowledge and innovation taking place right here in South Africa. The CIL hopes to create a strong legal community of change agents within South Africa who can support each other and share South African success stories with the rest of the world, whether this is in the form of a magistrate who’s developed a new mechanism for enforcing maintenance orders, a law firm that’s found viable alternatives to hourly billing or specialist drug courts for the exploding numbers of Tik-addicted offenders.[/tab] [tab title=”Collaboration”]There is a growing body of research on leadership indicating that the leader’s worldview and level of consciousness will shape the organisation that he/she leads. In the same way, a lawyer’s worldview and level of consciousness will shape the work he does, whether in trials, or contracts or negotiations. Therefore who the lawyer is, his or her own level of development, will impact the thousands of relationships encountered through his or her practice. Despite all the knowledge that is available to us, and the huge focus placed on developing leadership capacity at all business schools, most South African law schools are still not training lawyers to be leaders. The Centre for Integrative Law hopes to collaborate with universities, business schools, private and public bodies to bring leadership training to the legal profession.[/tab] [/tabs]

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