“Social entrepreneurs are the essential corrective force. They are system-changing entrepreneurs. And from deep within they, and therefore their work, are committed to the good of all.” – Bill Drayton, J.D.; Founder of Ashoka, the largest Global Social Entrepreneurship and Changemaker Organization
Are you a changemaker? Or do you want to be?
I wanted to let you know about a great event happening in Portland on Friday, September 22. It’s a workshop for lawyers and socially conscious business leaders called Lawyers As Changemakers.
It will be a great place to learn about some cutting-edge legal trends, meet some innovative Oregon lawyers, and connect lawyers and socially conscious entrepreneurs and business owners as we explore what is possible when changemakers work together to make the community a better place.
The workshop will be led by J. Kim Wright, who is the godmother of the integrative law movement and author of two ABA bestsellers: Lawyers As Peacemakers and Lawyers As Changemakers. Kim is also a social and systems change entrepreneur who has been working for social impact for most of her career.
CLE credits for lawyers pending.
Lawyers, Businesses, and Community working together for a better world.
Friday, September 22, 2017
9:30 am–6:30 pm
Hosted by Immix Law Group in Downtown Portland
If you could redesign the legal system, how would you?Learn about some of the innovations happening in the world and get the chance to add your thoughts to a new way of resolving, preventing, and healing conflicts.
Both lawyers and their clients are frustrated with our current legal system.
People who need legal advice face many barriers. They may not realize that the issue they’re dealing with has a legal component. Or they believe they can’t afford to hire a lawyer. Or they did hire a lawyer, but the advice wasn’t helpful or the lawyer didn’t really listen to what they were saying and might actually make the situation worse.
On the flip side, lawyers are also struggling. The profession has extremely high rates of depression and suicide, and the traditional culture can make it hard to ask for help. Although some lawyers make very good money, many are struggling to make ends meet and are often drowning in student loans. Many of them want to have better relationships with their clients, but don’t know how to begin that conversation.
To address these problems, we need to re-think what it means to be a lawyer. What if lawyers were no longer viewed as “deal killers,” but instead as essential team members who can help clients plan for the future, avoid risks, and resolve disputes? The truth is, this is already happening.
The integrative law movement is a global phenomenon, and on September 22 it is coming to Portland. Thoughtleader J. Kim Wright, the author of Lawyers as Changemakers: The Global Integrative Law Movement, will be leading an interactive day-long workshop for innovative lawyers and social entrepreneurs in the Portland community.
The workshop will get like-minded lawyers and business leaders in the same room actually talking about their goals and challenges together. We will also hear from some of the lawyers in our community who are already practicing integrative law.
You don’t have to know anything about integrative law (or any other aspect of the law!) to attend. Kim will begin by giving an overview of the global trends that are affecting business and the practice of law. We will hear from local attorneys who are putting these new principles to practice in real life. Innovative Portland lawyers and business leaders will have many opportunities to connect with each other throughout the day and have meaningful conversations about the challenges we are all facing. The day will conclude with a networking happy hour.
Space is limited, so reserve your seat at the table today!
This workshop is being organized and supported by an amazing group of innovative lawyers and social entrepreneurs in Portland. Read more about each of them below. They are generously donating their time and expertise to make this event happen. And in the case of Immix Law Group, they are also providing us with our beautiful meeting space! Any profit from ticket sales will be donated to The Commons Law Center in Portland.
Hatch Innovation is a nonprofit social enterprise founded by Portlander Amy Pearl in 2004. Its mission is to enable citizens to launch enterprises that improve communities. The conviction that ordinary citizens have immense untapped capacity for service and innovation grounds Amy’s work. By making innovative strategies “learnable,” she enables youth and adults to foster a more equitable, innovative, and capable society. She works at the system level, focusing on building an enabling ecosystem for social and community-building enterprises to flourish, growing healthy local communities.
Immix Law Group provides business law and litigation services to a wide array of clients, including startups and mature companies, as well as individuals across the country. Immix Law Group exists to serve its clients’ legal needs, while never forgetting the business reality faced by each client served.
Start Here HQ is a purpose-driven consultancy. Its mission is to make the world a better place by helping lawyers serve their clients and their communities by harnessing the tools of modern entrepreneurship. We are a team of lawyers helping other lawyers build more scalable and sustainable practices.
Tipping the Scales is run by Jim Dwyer of Heiling Dwyer Attorneys, a 29-year Portland law firm specializing in personal injury. For the past 12 years, Jim has also been writing about how lawyers can find greater meaning in their personal and professional lives through the practice of law. This exploration led Jim to write a book, The Caged Truth, and most recently to launch the Lawyer’s Compass, a community of lawyers that have come together from a desire to make the daily practice of law more fulfilling.
Wholehearted Business Development is an innovative boutique business-development firm and digital marketing agency. Amanda Winn and her team help socially conscious entrepreneurs take the spark of an idea and develop it into a successful business. From business strategy to brand development to website design—Wholehearted Business Development has a holistic approach to supporting entrepreneurs who are doing business differently.