Michael Lerner, an early MacArthur fellowship winner, founder of Commonweal, and founder of The New School at Commonweal, spoke in March with Pauline Tesler, director of the Integrative Law Institute. Michael is an extraordinarily gifted interviewer whose questions and comments showed deep understanding of the challenges facing lawyers who work with individuals and families in personal disputes.
The audience in attendance listened with curiosity and afterward expressed amazement at hearing an experienced lawyer tell the truth about what’s wrong with delivery of legal services to people experiencing predictable human conflicts in their families and communities.
It was easy to hear the undercurrent of distrust and dislike for the legal profession imbedded in their questions and comments. Just as apparent was the desire to know more and to learn how to find an integrative lawyer for themselves or their families when seemingly irreconcilable conflicts arise.
That hunger for constructive, resolution-oriented, humanistic legal conflict resolution services is a driving force for ILI’s programming. ILI offers certification in Integrative Legal Conflict Resolution for lawyers who attend its continuing education programs. The certification program will help lawyers build effective social media strategies so that they can be found by potential clients when a lawyer’s counsel is needed.
A podcast of the conversation is available at the New School’s website..