The quest for healthier approaches to practicing law

On several occasions this year, I have written about the Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) movement, which encourages us to think about the therapeutic and anti-therapeutic aspects of law, legal process, and legal practice.  Related to TJ are ideas and practice models such as the Collaborative Law Movement, the Holistic Law Movement, and the Comprehensive Law Movement.

Although there are differences between them, in essence they share a common goal of a more humane legal system.  And they imagine and articulate a practice of law that is less confrontational, less stressful, and less burdened with unnecessary anger and conflict.

For lawyers, law teachers, and law students who are searching for better ways, these ideas are worth contemplating and implementing.  Toward that end, several websites may be helpful.

Cutting Edge Law does the best job of bringing together these ideas under one virtual roof:  http://www.cuttingedgelaw.com/

The Therapeutic Jurisprudence website, mentioned before on this blog, is a storehouse of information: http://www.therapeuticjurisprudence.org/

And let me put in a plug for an emerging voice in this milieu, Suffolk University law student Gretchen Duhaime, who is blending her pre-law school experience in the business world with her interests in creating healthier modes of legal practice in a new business, Practicing on Purpose, which already has started to host programs: http://www.practicingonpurpose.com/

I’ve posted a draft of a forthcoming law review article, “Employment Law as if People Mattered: Bringing Therapeutic Jurisprudence into the Workplace,” which contains commentary on the practice of employment law: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1462406

Even if your interests do not run to the legal side of things, you may find these sites interesting and informative, because they help us to imagine how to transform professions that have been limited by their own dogmas and cultures.  Indeed, if lawyers are thinking in more visionary terms, imagine what the rest of the world can do!

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