Psychology for Lawyers

the soul of the law



  Benjamin Sells, The Soul of the Law (Rockport, Massachusetts: Element, 1994)

Read pp. 80-128

Instructor's Notes


Class Videos

Class Viewing 1: Oneness & Law [8:57 mins.] [Ward Powers][the legal mind-set as a tool, but a limited one] Pt2 [9:03 mins.]

Class Viewing 2: Jim Ferrell [9:48 mins.] [Jim Ferrell is CEO of Arbinger Institute; commenting on the way law is sometimes treated like a law; looking for the language to talk about what is missing in law; finding a way to share philosophical ideas; recovering our humanity]

Returning to the First Assignment in The Soul of the Law | Law School

The Next Revolution in Legal Education [15:22 mins.] [Roberto Mangaberia Unger]

What Happens When You Become a Lawyer [9:48 mins.] Pt2 [9:19 mins.] Pt3 [9:56 mins.] [Pt3 will not be shown in class]

Do Lawyers Think, and If So, How?
[19:58 mins.] [Frederick Schaur] [For class viewing the Schaur presentation can end at 8:30 mins.]

Reference (On the Litigious Mind|Sells at pp. 80-83)

Len Riskin: Changing Lawyers' Understanding of Resolving Disputes
[2:22 mins.] [reference to the lawyer's "standard philosophical map"]

Litigious Lawyers Behaving Badly: "Aggressive Incivility" (Sells|p.176)

The Litigious Mind: Scene One [4:10 mins.] Scene One: Pt2 [3:18 mins.] Scene Two [8:00 mins.] Scene Three [3:21 mins.] Scene Four [2:57 mins.]

Reference (On Mediation|Sells at pp. 84-86)

Leonard Riskin on Mediation
[9:19 mins.] Pt2 [9:42 mins.] [talking about mindfulness meditation]

Reference (Adversarial System)

The Adversarial System
[1:17 mins.]

Why the Adversarial Legal System is Wrong for Family Law
[2:36 mins.]

Ordinary Injustice
[2:22 mins.] [Amy Bach, author of Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court] Amy Bach talking about her book, Ordinary Injustice [10:03 mins.]

Reference (Jim Ferrell)

Steven Keeva|Transforming Practice

Recommended Reading: Steven Keeva, Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life (Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1999)

A Tribute to Steve Keeva [9:14 mins.] Pt2 [9:21 mins.] Pt3 [6:33 mins.]

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