Introduction to Conscious Contracts® Process for Business Lawyers

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Wednesdays from February 24 to March 30, 2022
8 p.m. US Eastern/5 p.m. US Pacific

Thursdays, 12 noon AEST, 9 a.m. AWST (Australia)
10 a.m. JST (Japan)

Conscious Contracts® is a registered trademark for a process of contract formation. It is consistent with many of the best practices of modern contracts like plain language, design thinking, visuals, but has distinctive elements of its own:

  • The Touchstone helps create the true meeting of the minds among the parties and makes sure there is alignment of purpose and values.
  • The Addressing Change & Engaging Disagreement (ACED Clause) allows the parties to design a sustainable culture including how they will communicate, manage change, engage disagreements and maintain a more conscious culture.  

Used on every continent, this model helps to build trust and certainty in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world.  Practitioners are often trained in nonviolent communication, restorative justice, collaborative practice, mediation, and other skills that expand their toolkit and capacity to practice in a new paradigm approach. Most participants are lawyers but we have also trained coaches, consultants, mediators, and entrepreneurs.

This is the Basics course. Certification requires 12 hours of Basics, reading the book Discovering Agreement, and being mentored in the completion of contracts that fit the criteria for certification.   The certification course  provides that mentoring and is offered as a hands-on practicum leading to certification. 

Teaching the February/March, 2022 training are:

J. Kim Wright

Kim Wright began to explore innovative ways of drafting contracts early in her career as lawyer in the USA. In 2010, she met Alalá Linda (formerly known as Linda Alvarez) and the Conscious Contracts® process was born. Kim and Alala have continued to collaborate and refine the process which Alala wrote about in her book, Discovering Agreement.  

In the last decade,  Kim has trained lawyers and entrepreneurs on six continents.  When the pandemic curtailed her travel, she moved the work online. In the last two years, she has designed, taught, and co-taught a law school clinic at Quinnipiac University School of Law and several Basics and Certification Courses.

Kim majored in Business Management and International Studies at Warren Wilson College and has been a business owner for more than 40 years. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law where she won awards for Legal Drafting. 

Glenn Meier

Glenn Meier is Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig, LLP in Las Vegas. He helps business leaders optimize their relationships, so they can maximize their impact!

His law practice is dedicated to assisting business leaders build, maintain, and restore their relationships with their stakeholders. He does this by helping people discover and declare the guiding principles that will govern their relationships and also by developing systems and processes they can use to successfully engage with conflict and disruption in those relationships. 

 Glenn is experienced in all aspects of business law and has built his practice on the premise that good planning and execution can mitigate the risk of business disputes; and that, should they occur, many business disputes can be settled through negotiation and mediation.

Session Overview:

1. Reinventing Contracts: An Overview & Shift of Mindset  

In this session, we will introduce ourselves, look over the outline of sessions, and  give an overview of the Conscious Contracts® process and how it fits into the changes happening in business and law. We’ll also introduce the Workbook that will guide us through the process.

2. The Touchstone: A Foundation of Values

This session introduces one of the cornerstones of the Conscious Contracts process: The Touchstone. We will see how the values provide a foundation for the contract, how they build relationships, and how they inoculate the parties for future conflicts. You will begin to build your own Touchstone and co-create a hypothetical contract, working with a team of classmates. 

3. Addressing Change & Engaging Disagreement

In this other cornerstone, the Accord or Harmony Clause, we will custom-design a conversation structure for having hard conversations, making decisions, and returning grace to the relationship. We will explore our own reactions to conflict and how we will design an ACED that allows for our human responses.

4. Negotiating Terms from Values: Creating the Action Plan 

We can’t use the old methods of arm-twisting and intimidation in negotiating the terms of the agreement, so what do we use? We’ll explore some more tools and techniques for co-creating terms that work for everyone.

5. Drafting & Designing

Plain, relational language is a basic requirement for the drafting process which pulls together the pieces of what we’ve been working on. We’ll share some examples of clauses that will help you to visualize your own drafting process. In this segment, we will also share some design and visual contract elements. 

6. Putting together the pieces  

In this last segment, we will share our contracts with all of the components. Your teachers will answer questions and we will discuss how to incorporate what you’ve learned into your practice

Email kim@consciouscontracts.com with questions. 

Time Commitment

This is an experiential course. In addition to the two hours per week of class time, you will have homework. Each week, expect to spend an average of 1 to 2 hours on activities outside of class. You will be working with classmates who will be depending on you.

While it is possible to record calls, Zoom will not record the experiential segments of the course so please plan to attend in person.

Financial Commitment

The course costs US $575 which is payable through PayPal.  

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Recommended Reading

Discovering Agreement: Contracts that Turn Conflict Into Creativity

CLE/CPD Credit

Our participants are from around the world and represent different professions as well as jurisdictions. It is not practical to apply for continuing education credits is so many different circumstances. However, many jurisdictions are self-reporting or will allow you to apply for credit from a course offered outside your local area. We are happy to provide you with outlines, materials, credentials, and agendas to help you get credit from your local accreditation board.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received more than 2 weeks before the class commences will be given a full refund.  After that, we will refund 50% or apply the funds to a future class. 

Sponsorship

This program is also presented by Cutting Edge Law Enterprises, Inc. A Florida social purpose organization.