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Transforming Practices : Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life

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Transforming Practices presents a revolutionary vision to America's nearly one million lawyers, many of whom have become disillusioned with their careers. Author Steven Keeva, assistant managing editor of the influential ABA Journal, shows how by cultivating a vibrant inner life, any lawyer can find profound satisfaction, pleasure, and joy in his or her work.

Through the use of narrative, interviews, and anecdotes from lawyers who have found ways to bring renewed meaning, ...

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Overview

Transforming Practices presents a revolutionary vision to America's nearly one million lawyers, many of whom have become disillusioned with their careers. Author Steven Keeva, assistant managing editor of the influential ABA Journal, shows how by cultivating a vibrant inner life, any lawyer can find profound satisfaction, pleasure, and joy in his or her work.

Through the use of narrative, interviews, and anecdotes from lawyers who have found ways to bring renewed meaning, fulfillment, and a deep sense of pleasure to their law practices, Keeva demonstrates that it is absolutely OK for a lawyer to be human, to care, to let the values and priorities that matter at home also matter on the job. Transforming Practices makes it clear that the opportunity for transformation exists for every lawyer, in every kind of law practice.

New to this edition is a foreword by attorney Jan Schlichtmann, whose extraordinary story was told in Jonathan Harr's bestseller, A Civil Action

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This inspirational book will give everyone in the legal profession a whole new perspective. A call to integrate the practice of law with the practice of spirituality, this book provides the means to creating a meaningful and personally fulfilling law practice. With stories from lawyers who have made the leap, author Steven Keeva shows that lawyers can demonstrate their caring and compassion.
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"In these anxious times, the legal profession has needed a focused discussion on how lawyers can and should balance their professional and personal lives. The lessons in Transforming Practices will inspire and inform that discussion. I commend the ABA Journal for giving the profession this tool to help us be better and happier in our practices." --PHILIP S. ANDERSON, President, The American Bar Association

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809225040
  • Publisher: NTC Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: ABA Journal Books Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I A Map of the World
1 Terra Cognita 3
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
Index 225
About the Author 233
About the ABA Journal 234
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2000

    What we should have been told in Law School!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2000

    COMPANION AND PROFESSIONAL BIBLE FOR EVERY LAWYER!

    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.

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