Reimagining Lawyering: Supporting Well-Being and Liberation

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We are living in a time of tremendous uncertainty and ongoing oppression for many. Yet, we have often demonstrated our ability to heal from past traumas, rise to whatever challenges present themselves, and even find new generative possibilities, especially when we act collectively. The present moment calls on us to reimagine law and lawyering in mindful and wholehearted ways that center relationships and respect for the dignity of all human beings. Our ability to act accordingly can strengthen and enhance our own sense of wellbeing and potentially transform the legal profession into one promotes healing, belonging, and liberation.

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Susan Brooks has nearly 30 years of experience as an educator, creative scholar, facilitator, and presenter in the areas of experiential learning, professional development, community-based learning, and cross-cultural communication. Since 2007 she has been a Professor of Law at Drexel University Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, PA, and served as the school’s inaugural Associate Dean for Experiential Learning. She has established numerous university-community collaborations, including co-founding the law school’s Stern Community Lawyering Clinic, where she is currently the Acting Director. Professor Brooks has devoted much of her scholarship to promoting an integrative, humanistic approach she calls “Relational” and “Wholehearted” Lawyering, which includes habits of mind and tools for self-awareness, effective communication, and healing. She was awarded a Fulbright Global Research Scholar Fellowship in 2021 to study culturally sustaining forms of conflict transformation, including restorative justice and facilitated dialogue. She is also a member of the Global Advisory Council for the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence. Professor Brooks received her J.D. degree from New York University. She received an M.A. and B.A. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago. She is a licensed attorney, mediator, trained restorative justice facilitator, and also a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher.

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