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Holistic Philosophy

The Inner Law

It is often said that we are “a nation of laws.” What may be more accurate is that we are “a nation of government.” Our government is largely charged with the responsibility of reigning in undesirable behavior, and encouraging more benevolent behavior through the enactment of statutes that either punish people for harmful behaviors or provide incentives for positive actions.

When a client comes to an attorney for legal help, they often do so stating that they “do not know what to do.” It is true that to understand even a small fraction of our statutes and procedures and “common law” rules can prove hugely challenging even for a highly experienced attorney.

I would posit, however, that most individuals actually do know what to do. Through mindful attention in a way that connects up to one’s authentic sense of “being,” one can find the clarity giving rise to experiential knowledge of precisely what is the right action to take in a given situation. The attorney’s job is to facilitate this process and, once the client has identified the right course of action to fit his or her unique situation, invoke our contemporary legal system to bring about the right result.

This is the goal of holistic lawyering. It starts from the premise that we all know “the law.” Part of the attorney’s job is to know where to look.

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Basic Philosophy

Over the past few decades, segments of our society have begun to open to a more holistic approach in addressing increasingly deep-rooted problems.  Western medicine has come to integrate the more proactive notion of “wellness” as opposed to the traditional paradigm which almost exclusively stressed the reactive treatment of “illness.”  This new paradigm has emphasized a turning inward through higher consciousness and mindfulness, ultimately leading to improved health and pain management.  This “mindfulness” is primarily rooted in a more grounded sense of “being” realized through heightened conscious awareness of moment-to-moment experience.

By contrast, our legal system – especially as it seeks to address disputes among individuals – remains entrenched in paradigm almost wholly rooted in the past (precedent) and oriented towards blaming external forces (judgment/liability) when things go wrong.  This orientation to problem solving, save for fleeting moments of gratification in response to a favorable court “judgment,” almost invariably leaves the participants unfulfilled, and does little to help our society evolve in ways that may lead us back to sustainability.

I work in an effort to infuse our legal system with a new paradigm which, I believe, is necessary to help us evolve as individuals and as a society.  In the context of legal issues or disputes in which you might be involved, or professional challenges you may be facing as a practicing attorney, my work will place an emphasis on coming to better understand your present reality.  We will examine the extent to which learned conditioning – largely in the form of how things “should” be – has clouded perception and, in many cases, contributed to undesirable life situations.

The result of our work together will be heightened self-awareness and inner peace.  The manifestation of this inner work will lead to improvement in your personal and professional lives, and often will also lead to the discovery of more creative solutions to your legal issues proving far more constructive than procedures and remedies currently afforded by our contemporary legal system.