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From law school to the law firm, lawyers are taught and encouraged to win, with little regard to the emotional consequences. After years of being obsessed with winning, racking up billable hours, and fishing for clients, many lawyers lose sight of why they initially joined the ranks of the legal profession.This landmark book explains how to reconnect with the spiritual side of law practice. It presents profiles of firms and lawyers who have transformed their practices from heartless and cold professional ...
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From law school to the law firm, lawyers are taught and encouraged to win, with little regard to the emotional consequences. After years of being obsessed with winning, racking up billable hours, and fishing for clients, many lawyers lose sight of why they initially joined the ranks of the legal profession.This landmark book explains how to reconnect with the spiritual side of law practice. It presents profiles of firms and lawyers who have transformed their practices from heartless and cold professional endeavors into kinder, gentler operations, with more emphasis on the clients'—and their own—emotional and spiritual needs.
"Steven Keeva's book is a godsend. It should not only be read, but cherished. The transformative power of his ideas comes like a long-overdue rain to the parched and thirsty desert of our profession's soul." --JAN RICHARD SCHLICHTMANN, Plaintiff's Attorney depicted in Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action
|Pt. I||A Map of the World|
|2||Integrating Your Heart and Mind||21|
|Pt. II||Voyage of Discovery|
|3||The Balanced Practice||37|
|4||The Contemplative Practice||49|
|5||The Mindful Practice||67|
|6||The Time-Out Practice||87|
|7||The Healing Practice||97|
|8||The Listening Practice||111|
|9||The Service Practice||125|
|Pt. III||Redrawing the Map|
|10||Practicing Integrative Law||139|
|11||The New Client||161|
|12||Legal Education at the Threshold||177|
|13||The Choice Is Yours||193|
|14||Transition and Opportunity||211|
|Bibliography and Recommended Readings||219|
|About the Author||233|
|About the ABA Journal||234|
Posted April 4, 2000
Transforming Practices is a wonderfully discerning publication, addressing so many issues unique to practicing lawyers. This book takes us back to, when we first started to aspire to become a lawyer, and go to law school. It also addresses what happens to many of those same aspirations, once we begin your daily legal practice. Transforming Practices, written by a lawyer, for lawyers, it has assisted me in redirecting myself to a more fulfilling legal career. Transforming Practices, is without a doubt, a bench mark publication, addressing issues too often ignored in our law schools across America. A 'must read' book; it is without hesitation that I give this book my highest recommendation to all lawyers, or future lawyers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2000
Nearly every practicing lawyer owns and carries a briefcase. If each lawyer's briefcase contained a worn, dog-eared, repeatedly read copy of Steve Keeva's remarkable book, Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life, the practice of law would be a much more joyful place. My copy is extensively underlined, highlighted and adorned with yellow Post-Its to mark the multiple epiphanies I found in each chapter. Out of the hundreds of books and articles I have read on lawyering over my thirty-two years of practice, none have given me as many 'ah-hah's' as I received from Transforming Practices. The genius of Keeva's book is his recognition and description of the crises in the legal profession as a spiritual crisis requiring inner work as the solution. This spiritual crisis comes in part from a lack of congruence between lawyers' daily work and their core values and yearnings. In other words, what we do every day on the outside is dissonant from how we feel on the inside. It has long been thought that the solution is for the lawyer to simply compartmentalize his or her life, e.g., do and say things at work that would not be appropriate in other settings, such as with family, friends, or in the community. However, it is now clear that the compartmentalization approach simply does not work and produces even greater distress. In order to bring more harmony and joy into lawyers' lives and work, Keeva outlines a number of practices designed to minimize the gap between lawyer's professional selves and their humanity. His descriptions of The Balanced Practice, The Contemplative Practice, The Mindful Practice, The Time-out Practice, The Healing Practice, The Listening Practice, and The Service Practice ignites unlimited new hope and possibilities for lawyers who felt doomed to a meaningless work life. Since maximizing the fulfillment from one's law practice requires both inner and outer work, Keeva provides practical tips at the end of each chapter so lawyers can begin to implement these theories in their work immediately. Keeva's book should be required reading for anyone even remotely interested in the legal profession. It has served me well in several ways. As a trial lawyer for over 30 years, I continue to search for ways to bring the most meaning, joy and compassion into my work. This book has proved to be a continuing source of inspiration and renewal in my quest. Since I devote part of my professional time to coaching other lawyers on transformation and quality of life issues, I have found this book to be an excellent teaching and coaching vehicle for my attorney clients. I am extremely grateful to Keeva for this invaluable book. It is my hope that it will someday be every lawyer's companion and professional bible.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.