A few years ago, at Findhorn, Scotland [for the New Story Summit], I was asked to write my Vision for 2050. The person who asked said I had one minute to talk and the talk was due in 20 minutes. Three-hundred people were waiting to hear it. I scribbled some words on a scrap of paper. With very few refinements, this is what I read to the group that day….
The seeds of the late 1990s and early 2000s have flourished. We are grateful to our pioneers and trailblazers who held this vision and brought it to fruition.
Lawyers are now recognized for our true purpose: peacemaking, problem-solving, and healing the wounds of the community. We are changemakers in society. Trials are rare and civil. Collaboration, prevention, and transformation are the lawyers’ stock in trade. We create sustainable agreements and resolutions. We are happy in our profession and lives.
Lawmakers serve, conscious of all the stakeholders, and of our interconnectedness with Nature and each other. They work on common goals and shared values to benefit everyone.
Law enforcement focuses on Right Relationships, working in partnership with the community to foster strong, empowered, safe communities.
Judges are wise leaders who help to balance competing values, hold everyone accountable, and deliver fair results with love, compassion and empathy. They look for beneficial and therapeutic results.
Prisons are a part of our past. Now we focus on rehabilitation, accountability, healing, and reconnection for all members of society. Criminal behavior is seen as a symptom of brokenness that needs to be healed.
Law students still learn the focused, analytical thinking that is known as thinking like a lawyer. Now they are also trained in holistic thinking. Art is part of the balanced core curriculum and law students are encouraged to pursue their interests, values, and wholeness.
Our history of restorative practices and nonviolent communication in schools has helped to produce citizens who tell their truths, take responsibility, and accept accountability.
The Legal System Works for Everyone. There are no more lawyer jokes. They’re not funny anymore.
Kim Wright is a leader in the integrative law movement and is the author of two ABA books: Lawyers as Peacemakers (2010) and Lawyers as Changemakers (2016). She was co-chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Relational Practices Task Force in 2018 and was chair of the Task Force’s Summit on Relational Practices.