Certification in Integrative Law

The Integrative Law Institute at Commonweal

Program Description

ILI’s program for certifying integrative lawyers has two purposes:

  • Encouraging and recognizing lawyers who engage in significant continuing education aimed at expanding their the capacities for practicing law as a healing profession, and
  • Helping the public identify and locate lawyers who can provide high quality professional services that address human conflicts constructively, not solely as legal problems but also across the  many other dimensions in which conflict impacts lives.

The core of the certification program is ILI’s own workshops and programs.  The hallmark of ILI programs is that they integrate creative conflict resolution tools, traditional understandings and practices, and emerging research discoveries from the biological and social sciences in a manner that lawyers, mediators, and judicial officers can use right away in their work.  ILI’s workshops and trainings incorporate multi-media elements and  include hands-on experiential components wherever possible.

Applicants for ILI certification must document least 60 hours of continuing education credits, consisting of at least 35  credit hours in workshops and trainings provided by ILI, with the remaining 25 hours consisting of credits in approved programs provided either by ILI or by its partner organizations and colleagues.

The final step in becoming certified as an integrative lawyer is to prepare a certification project (an article, a Powerpoint presentation, a short video, a workshop design, a website or blog) that represents a practical application integrating the learning undertaken  by the candidate.  Although  certified integrative lawyers retain the copyright to their work, all completed and accepted certification projects become available on ILI’s website and social  media platforms to anyone interested in integrative law.

Lawyers who have earned ILI’s certification in integrative law will be listed on ILI’s website and social media sites with links back to their own websites, and will be permitted to display ILI’s certification badge on websites, social media sites, and on professional materials.  ILI’s strategic plan includes eventually providing  Certified Integrative Lawyers with an online participatory virtual community and with public education materials that can be used for presentations at community organizations, educational institutions  and professional conferences.

The certification program, launched in 2013, is subject to revision as we learn how to make it more accessible, meaningful,  and useful.   Current information effective January 2017  is below.

Certification Credit

35 credit hours must be earned in programs offered by ILI, including workshops, trainings,  and individualized mentoring/coaching.  Of these 35 hours, at least twelve must be earned either by attending an ILI Weekend Workshop on Becoming an Integrative Lawyer (described below), or by equivalent in-person and/or online mentoring /coaching sessions with Pauline Tesler.

The remaining 25 hours may be earned in workshops and mentoring offered by ILI or in programs presented by its continuing education partners.  Certification candidates may elect to concentrate in a single specialized area for the last 25 credits, or to sample a spectrum of workshops and courses.

Presently, credits from the following workshops and programs may be submitted for certification.  New  ILI courses and additional continuing education partners will be added to this list from time to time.  ILI expects to offer some courses online.  Certain courses and workshops taken with Pauline Tesler prior to January 2013 will be considered on an individual basis.

ILI workshops and programs:

Triune Brain

  • Law and the Human Brain: Neuro-Literacy 101 for Lawyers, Mediators, and Judges. Beginning with a look at our evolved human triune brain, this workshop investigates challenges in interpersonal conflict resolution through the lens of how we experience and resolve conflict as human primates whose thinking processes are driven largely by “under-the-hood” embodied emotional processes. We look at client styles and lawyering styles from the perspective of the human triune brain and consider how these perspectives can be mobilized to improve our competency and skill in collaborative practice. (6 to 12 credit hours, one and two day versions)
  • Weekend Workshop: Becoming an Integrative Lawyer.  This highly personalized and limited-enrollment workshop is offered in a variety of peaceful locations convenient to major cities. The workshop includes  facilitated personal self-reflection and strategic planning for achieving a law practice that supports working as an integrative lawyer.  The workshop curriculum  provides an overview and introduction to

    Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

    integrative law vectors, including: therapeutic/integrative jurisprudence and ethics, communications ,narrative and restorying techniques, body-mind awareness practices and tools, human needs theory, positive psychology,  negotiations theory,  systems and team practice, behavioral and neuro-economics perspectives, collaborative practice, apology/forgiveness/restorative justice, integrative and values-based transactional practice, interest-based negotiations.  It also includes basic training in social media skills. The fee for the workshop includes one hour of follow-up individual practice development consultation with Pauline Tesler, either via video conferencing or in person.  (12 to 15 credit hours)

  • Money, Law, and Values. An investigation of how money, law, and values intersect and sometimes collide in legal negotiations, and an exploration of pathways through the challenges.   The best conflict resolution professionals help their clients become more aware of their own and their partner’s driving beliefs and values associated with money.  The starting point for working this way is to become more familiar with our own values and beliefs about money, which generally were learned from our earliest days in our families of origin, as part of becoming more conscious and self-reflective about how those money beliefs and values influence our work. This becomes a foundation for helping to surface clients’ hidden money beliefs and values in a constructive way that supports fully informed consensual decision making.
  • Tell Me a Story: Narrative and Restorying in Interpersonal Conflict Resolution. A look at current theories at the intersection of 21st Century brain science, narrative theory,  cognitive and social psychology, collaborative practice, and deep conflict resolution, focusing on how stories both reflect and affect beliefs and can change behavior.  The Narrative and Restoryingworkshop includes ways of integrating these ideas into our work with clients, and consideration of ethical implications of the hidden stories that shape our conflict resolution work.
  • Things are Not What They Seem: Perception, Memory, Narrative, and Naïve Realism in Collaborative Practice. Naïve realism is the belief we all tend to carry that although others make mistakes, misperceive reality, and misremember facts, we ourselves know what we saw, know what we heard, and know what’s true and what isn’t.  Lawyers seem particularly wedded to these naïve realism beliefs about perception and memory.  But solid research (some of it highly amusing) has shown that
    Unreliable Perception and Memory

    Things Are Not What They Seem

    we in fact live in a world of neural realism, in which our sensory perceptions and memories are highly unreliable and easily manipulated. The implications for legal dispute resolution are significant.  We watch amazing video clips, do challenging exercises, and consider what we need to change about how we approach negotiations, based on this new understanding of how our brains actually work.

  • Neuro-Morality, Connection, Trust, and Fairness in Integrative Law Practice. Our clients often come to us with highly-charged,  emotion-laden ideas about what outcomes are and are not fair.  Recent researcTrust and Neuro-Moralityh in the fields of neuro-ethics and neuro-morality illuminates the biological roots of this deep magnetic pull toward what’s fair.  But fairness is an elusive and subjective concept in negotiations.  We will investigate new discoveries about the place of trust, fairness, and morality in human affairs, applying them to our work in integrative conflict resolution.
  • Additional ILI Workshops. New workshops are added each year.  Contact info@integrativelawinstitute.org  for an updated workshop list.
  • Personalized Coaching/Mentoring in Developing and Sustaining an Integrative Law Practice. Individualized in person and online sessions with ILI director Pauline Tesler can range from in-depth customized seminars exploring a single integrative law vector, to strategic planning for practice transformation, to developing richer integrative content on blogs and websites,  to troubleshooting difficulties with clients or colleagues.  Sessions may be individual or small group. They are provided through online platforms such as Google Hangouts, Skype, and Citrix.   Some sessions can carry continuing legal education as well as certification credit.

Continuing Education Partners:

Lawyers may submit for certification proof of in-person attendance at approved continuing education courses offered by these organizations and individuals. (The list of Continuing Education Partners will be expanded from time to time.) Ordinarily, courses submitted for certification must carry  either state bar approved continuing legal education credit, or alternatively,  APA, state, or similar approved  CEU credit intended for other professions, such as psychologists, psychotherapists, or health care professionals.  Courses offered by ILI partners that do not carry such approved credit or that are attended online will be considered on an individual basis.

  • The Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley (greatergood.berkeley.edu)
  • Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., professor of psychology at U.C. Berkeley, founder of Greater Good Science Center, author of Born to be Good, and ILI Advisory Board member
  • David Eagelman, Ph.D., director oftheLaboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, and ILI Advisory Board member
  • Marco Iacoboni, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and ILI Advisory Board Member
  • Leonard L. Riskin, Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin Law School, Visiting Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, legal scholar and ILI Advisory Board member.
  • Kim Wright, J.D. founder of http://www.cuttingedgelaw.com , author of Lawyers as Peacemakers: Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law, and ILI Advisory Board member
  • Clark Freshman, J.D., Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of Law, manager, True Solutions Institute: Lie Detection, Emotional Skills, and Negotiation, and ILI continuing education partner
  • Sharon Strand Ellison, founder and lead trainer of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication, author of Taking the War Out of our Words, and ILI continuing education partner

How to Become a Certified Integrative Lawyer

  1. The first step toward certification is to attend one of ILI’s workshops listed above. Consider encouraging your local bar association or other legal organization to bring an ILI workshop to your community, so that you can have local colleagues learning these new competencies along with you.
  2. Keep careful records documenting your attendance at all educational programs that you plan to offer for certification purposes, whether or not offered by ILI. You are responsible for demonstrating that you have met the continuing education requirements for certification that are in place as of the date you submit your certification application and initial certification fee (see below).  If you have questions about whether programs you have attended will be counted toward certification, we encourage you to contact info@integrativelawinstitute.org before submitting your application.
  3. Your continuing education credits for certification must include either ILI’s Weekend Workshop, or equivalent continuing education credits via personal mentoring/coaching with ILI Director Pauline Tesler. Mentoring and coaching sessions may be either individual or in small groups of up to five, not all of whom need be certification candidates.  Individual (but not small group) mentoring and coaching sessions carry double credit for certification (e.g., 3 hours of individual mentoring/coaching will count for 6 hours of certification credit).  Please keep careful records of your participation in all mentoring and coaching sessions you intend to offer for purposes of certification.
  4. You may apply to become a formal candidate for certification by submitting your documentation of the requisite continuing education credits, along with your completed preliminary certification application, and a check for $350.00 in payment of ILI’s certification application fee.  This fee, which is non refundable, defrays part of the administrative costs of reviewing and tracking your certification progress, maintaining your certification records, and the other tasks associated with ensuring a high quality, transparent certification process.
  5. You will be notified either that you have met the educational requirements for certification, or that additional or different credits may be required. Once your continuing education credits have been approved as satisfying certification requirements, you are a “candidate for certification” and will move into the second phase of the certification process: proposing and completing your certification project. More detailed information about the certification project requirements will be provided upon approval of your preliminary application.
  6. A final certification fee of $400 is payable once your proposal for a certification project has been approved. This fee defrays some of the cost of advice and mentoring to assist you in producing an excellent project, as well as final review of your certification credentials and administrative completion of your certification.  At that point, you will be listed as an ILI-certified integrative lawyer on ILI’s blog, with information about your practice and links back to your own website and social media, and your certification project will be posted online.

Learn More

Visit ILI’s Events Calendar for  forthcoming workshops.    We welcome inquiries about bringing the Neuro-Literacy 101 workshop or any other ILI workshop to your community through sponsorship by your bar association, collaborative practice group, law school, or other professional organization.

For more information about certification in integrative law or about ILI workshops and programs,  contact:  info@integrativelawinstitute.org.

The information above sets forth certification requirements as of January, 2017. Requirements are subject to change.