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    Conscious Contracts

    The rise of the conscious capitalism movement and “Firms of Endearment” means many businesses are focused on creating value-based cultures. This half-day workshop will discuss how lawyers can assist companies align their legal documents with their company values, creating long-term sustainable relationships in all legal documents. J Kim Wright, US lawyer visiting Australia as a guest of the Australian Centre for Integrative Law will share her insights into the implications of this for legal relationships.

    Specifically Kim will explore how lawyers can assist businesses to take the vision-led and values-driven journey further into their relationships with clients, service providers, employees and partners by eschewing old style legal contracts in favour of new ones which reflect the mission, vision and values of the contracting parties.

    Designed for lawyers involved in drafting and negotiating contracts, this workshop will introduce you to the movement of conscious contracts, as well as equip you with practical and relevant tools in drafting a conscious contract. You will be supported through the process of reimagining a contract from a traditional adversarial one, to one which responds to the need of an organisation to imply trying to improve the relationships your business has with its employees, its suppliers and its customers.

    About the presenter

    J. Kim Wright is a lawyer and leader in the integrative law movement. In 1999 when Kim announced that she was working on transforming the legal profession, that lawyers could be healers and peacemakers, a lot of people laughed. Once when she said it in a room full of lawyers, they got up and changed lunch tables, leaving her sitting alone. It was a vision that Kim could see clearly, but not one that had much evidence in the reality of law practice. Ten years later, the American Bar Association named Kim as one of the Legal Rebels “finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the next generation of lawyers.” The ABA also asked her to write a book about the blossoming movement. Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law immediately became an ABA best seller.

    Since the end of 2007, Kim has been a full-time nomad, traveling to share her vision, reaching thousands of lawyers around the world, from a Constitutional Judge in South Africa and a community court in Australia to law students just beginning their careers. She continues to maintain a virtual law practice in the area of drafting and consulting about mindful contracts for values-based businesses in the conscious capitalism and social entrepreneur movements.

    Workshop Timetable

    8:15am - 8:45am Registration and welcome
    8:45am - 10:00am

    Conscious contracts for conscious business

    • Context – a change in the law; integrative law
    • Conscious Capitalism
    • Conscious companies, conventional business culture and established legal systems
    • The role of lawyers
    • Guidelines for drafting more conscious agreements
    • Other movements that affect contracts
    10:00am - 10:25am Morning Tea
    10:25am - 12:55pm

    Beyond Boilerplate – the process of creating workable legal documents

    This session will provide you with practical guidance on what you can do to strategically contribute to your client’s business, by understanding the trend in legal practice that focuses on values-based legal documents.
    12:55pm - 1:00pm Close

    Friday 7 November

    Start Time
    8:15 AM

    Finish Time
    1:00 PM

    Sydney: Holding Redlich, Level 65, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place

    Non Member Cost
    AU $ 355

    Full Member Cost
    AU $ 295.00


    Your Price: AU $ 355.00

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