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How Collaborative Legal Practice Led the Way to Integrative Law

Any lawyer who engages seriously in collaborative legal negotiations learns pretty quickly  that traditional legalistic positional bargaining is pointless, because predictions about court results lose their force when neither lawyer can take the matter to court to find out if … Continue reading

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Self-Scan, Stealth Scan, and Conflict Resolution

  It’s long been understood by social psychologists that mimicry is part of who we are as humans.  We copy the body language, gestures, and facial expressions of those around us without meaning to, or even knowing we are doing … Continue reading

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Stories: the Power of Narrative in Conflict Resolution

We  learn in law school that the best way to achieve a great settlement is to prepare vigorously for trial,  building a powerful legal argument emphasizing facts that fit our theory of the case, while challenging the significance of those … Continue reading

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Integrative Law and the Journey toward the Self

An intriguing dialogue began this week on the IACP LinkedIn group, about the work of the Integrative Law Institute, inspired by my posts earlier in the week re Neuro-Poetry.  A slightly edited excerpt is pasted below–a dialogue between a psychotherapist … Continue reading

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Neuro-Poetry

A divorce lawyer who attended my Practical Neuro-Literacy program in New Hampshire earlier this month just sent me 58–yes, 58–short poems inspired by the presentation. Raymond Foss has given me permission to post them, and I’ll start with the one … Continue reading

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PRACTICAL NEURO-LITERACY: THE VIDEOS

Nearly 130 New Hampshire lawyers, mental health and financial professionals gathered in Concord NY on June 14th to accompany me on an introductory tour of the new world of  applied neuro-literacy. The Family Law Section of the State Bar co-sponsored … Continue reading

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Forming Optimistic “Memories of the Future”

A new study reported in Scientific American suggests that active imagining of happy future scenarios creates more lasting memories than imagining gloomy futures. In the Harvard research study, participants were guided to imagine a wide array of possible future scenarios … Continue reading

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Hardwired for Altruism?

Social Darwinism seems to be dying the “death of a thousand cuts,” as more and more research confirms our primate nature includes a strong dose of hardwired altruism and other “pro-social” emotions. For instance:  in a 2011 study, female chimpanzees … Continue reading

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A Conversation About ILI with carlMichael Rossi

Listen to a conversation between me and carlMichael Rossi in which I describe the lawyer’s role in conflict resolution from a human systems perspective, and  introduce the new Integrative Law Institute at Commonweal.  carlMichael is the creator of the online … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Integrative Law Institute at Commonweal

This page is under construction. Stay tuned for: regular updates about frontline research discoveries in neuroscience, positive and behavioral psychology, neuroscience, and much more… translated into practical tools that lawyers, mediators, and others in the legal  field can use immediately … Continue reading

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