PROGRAM FOR CERTIFICATION IN INTEGRATIVE LAW
ILI’s program for certifying integrative lawyers has two purposes:
- to encourage and recognize lawyers who engage in significant continuing education study aimed at developing the skills and understandings that support practicing law as a healing profession, and
- to provide a means for members of the public to locate and identify lawyers who are committed to providing 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 for practicing lawyers. 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 include hands-on experiential components wherever possible.
Applicants for ILI certification will be asked to provide documentation of at least 40 hours of continuing education course work consisting of at least 25 hours of workshops and trainings provided by ILI, with the balance consisting of approved courses provided either by ILI or by its partner organizations and colleagues.
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. Under development is a plan to provide Certified Integrative Lawyers with an online participatory virtual community.
The certification program, some components of which are still under development, is being launched in phases beginning in early 2013, so that participants in current ILI workshops who have interest in certification can be aware of this option as they plan their ongoing continuing education.
Earning Certification Credits
For 2013, continuing education credits as follows may be submitted for purposes of certification. New ILI courses and a limited number of select additional continuing education partners will be added to this list from time to time. The courses will be offered in major U.S. cities during 2013 and 2014. By 2014, ILI also expects to offer some courses online.
Invitations to bring any ILI program to your city are welcome, as are program co-sponsorships.
ILI workshops and courses (as of January 2013)
- Law and the Human Brain: Neuro-Literacy 101 for Lawyers, Mediators, and Judges. A complete description of this course is available at http://is.gd/NeuroLiteracy101 (6 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 workshop is described in more depth at http://is.gd/MoneyLawValuesWorkshop (6 hours)
- Weekend Workshop: Becoming an Integrative Lawyer. (Attendance at a weekend workshop is required for certification.) This is a highly personalized workshop with limited enrollment, offered in a variety of peaceful locations convenient to major cities. Included in the workshop is 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 integrative law vectors, including: therapeutic/integrative jurisprudence and ethics, communications, narrative and re-storying techniques, body-mind awareness practices and tools, human needs theory, positive psychology, negotiations theory, systems theory and team practice, behavioral and neuro-economics perspectives, collaborative practice, apology/forgiveness,restorative justice, integrative and values-based transactional practice, interest-based negotiations. 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. (15 to 18 hours)
Continuing Education Partners (as of January 2013)
Lawyers may submit for certification purposes proof of in-person attendance at approved continuing education courses offered by these organizations and individuals. 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 a case-by-case basis.
- The Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley (www.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 of the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, and ILI Advisory Board member
- Clark Freshman, J.D., Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of Law, Director of Training, Lawyers and Negotiators, Paul Ekman Group, and ILI continuing education partner
- Kim Wright, J.D. founder of www.cuttingedgelaw.com, author of Lawyers as Peacemakers: Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law, and ILI Advisory Board member
- 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
ILI welcomes certification partnership inquiries from workshop leaders, trainers, and organizations that provide high quality continuing education in the vectors recognized by ILI for integrative law certification. We consider for certification partnership programs that offer substantial original material developed by the presenter.
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