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Neuro Literacy 101


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From the Integrative Law Institute at Commonweal a training by Pauline Tesler on illuminating Law Practice with information about the Human Brain.

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Neuro Literacy 101

  1. 1. Law Practice and the Human Brain: Neuro-Literacy 101When: The world as we know it is changing—Saturday January 12, 2013from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST and so is the legal profession.Where: • What if nearly everything you learned about working with clients is based on demonstrably false 18th Century ideas about how the human brain experiencesThe Bently Reserve conflict and makes decisions and choices?Conference Center • What if emotion, not reason, drives the train? What if the upholstery on your301 Battery Street conference room chairs matters as much as the force of your arguments in settlingGateway Room cases? What if providing cold drinks vs. hot drinks changes trust levels for you, yourSan Francisco, CA 94111 client, and everyone else in the room? • What if providing more information makes it less likely that your client will make reasoned choices ? REGISTER NOW for a first-of-its-kind workshop teaching lawyers practical take-aways based on game-changing discoveries in the fields of brain science, neuro-economics, positive psychology, body-mind awareness science, and more. Research discoveries over the past decade have dramatically changed understandings about how our human brains actually work. These discoveries potentially impact almost everything that lawyers do when we work with clients. Neuro-literacy is not optional. To do the best for clients every lawyer needs a basic working knowledge of recent discoveries in the biological and social sciences as they relate to decision making, conflict, and choice.THIS PROGRAM IS UNLIKE This introductory workshop can transform how you think about yourself, your roleOTHER MCLE EVENTS as a lawyer, and your relationship with your clients.YOU HAVE ATTENDED.Pauline Tesler’s concrete "theory to CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT:practice" orientation works Attendees earn 6 hours of California MCLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics credit.for lawyers. She translates Certified family law specialists earn 6 credits in psychologicalheadline-making discoveries in and counseling aspects of family law.neuroscience and the behavioralsciences into concepts and tools REGISTER NOWyou can use on Monday morning. Take advantage of group and early registration discounts. SPACE IS LIMITEDYouTube video clips, interactiveexercises, and intellectually richdidactic material make this Contact Paula Jackson, program administrator, Integrative Law Instituteworkshop among the most or 415-897-2398entertaining 6 hours of CLE www.integrativelawinstitute.orgyoull ever earn.
  2. 2. The Workshop AgendaINTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW:  Introducing a new, humanistic jurisprudence based on accurate understanding of how human beings actually experience conflict, negotiations, and decision making  Resolving human conflicts: new perspectives on the problem of an ultrasocial species with a human primate brain“WHO AM I?”  Understanding the triune brain  Naïve realism and neural realism  Memory and observation  Empathy and mirror neurons  Language, metaphor, narrative , and the brainWHO IS THE CLIENT?  Attachment from a neuro-evolutionary perspective  Conflict and cognition  “Us and Them”—the primate small group  Trust: the human evolutionary advantageWHAT IS THE TASK?  Breaches of trust in human primate relationships  Courts and the law as ultrasocial institutions addressing human small group disruptions  Lawyers as authority figures: unpacking “informed consent”  Human needs, shallow peace, and deep resolution: client interests include far more than what’s justiciableHOW DO I DO THE TASK?  The non-rational side of preferences and attitudes: empathy, entrainment, mirror neurons, and more  The non-rational side of weighing options and making choices: introduction to cognitive biases and neuro-economic concepts  The “secret instructions” we give clients that even we are unaware of: contagion, priming, environmental cues  Becoming a more aware, more constructive presence in the conflict resolution process  Ethically invoking the power of neuro-literacy to help clients achieve their own highest goals and prioritiesCLOSING DISCUSSION:  What are your key take-aways?  How does basic neuroliteracy alter your beliefs about the lawyer’s proper role in personal conflict resolution?  What changes in environment, practice, and intention will you experiment with on Monday morning?  Is this optional?
  3. 3. The mission of the Integrative Law Institute is reclaiming law as a healing profession. The journey from warrior to healer begins with the basics of "neuro-literacy." Testimonials about Pauline H. Tesler’s trainings:“NeuroCollaboration presents an entirely new dimension to conflict resolution, with . . .the potential fordeep and durable resolution. This course is essential for any conflict resolution professional.” David Fink, JD,Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, co-founder of Collaborative Practice California (the world’s second-largestcollaborative practice organization), and many-time California “Superlawyer.”" The [NeuroCollaboration] course fills a void; professionals . . .can now truly understand . . . the inner-workings of what goes through the minds of our clients when they are in conflict. The rewards from takingthis course are remarkable! " Frederick Glassman, JD, President, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, listed inBest Lawyers in America, member of Board, California Dispute Resolution Council, Registered Observer for the UniformCollaborative Law Act.“The NeuroCollaboration course was spellbinding! It . . .engaged everyone in the class from beginning toend —we sometimes almost forgot to take breaks! This cutting edge information about human meaning-making and behavior should be required study—early on —in every law school and conflict resolutioncurriculum." Tom Owens, JD, LLM, civil /commercial mediator, arbitrator, negotiator, consultant, and coach, listed in BestLawyers in America.“I have been teaching law for 30 years. Pauline Tesler is probably the best trainer I have ever encountered. .. in addition to a profound understanding of the subject, she has a brilliant ability to convey the deep ethicaland human implications of collaborative [practice], while simultaneously addressing practical steps in a. ..way that engages her audience.” Iris Burke, faculty, University of Florida Law School "Not only is Pauline the apparent “godmother” of the collaborative law model. . ., she is also a truly giftedteacher of her craft. Pauline Tesler’s two-day, intensive, dynamic and inordinately energetic introductorycollaborative law training program is the best CLE program I have attended in 13 years of law practice. "Michael Scholl, Tacoma, Washington"The most entertaining and informative course that I have attended in ages. Pauline’s enthusiasm andexpertise and clarity were an inspiration for the collaborative law process." Michael Gillman, Bishop & Sewell,London"This was a passionate and inspirational speaker delivering an amazing and insightful program which is lifechanging." Beverly Clark, Adelaide, Australia REGISTER NOW FOR “LAW PRACTICE AND THE HUMAN BRAIN: NEUROLITERACY 101” DETAILS ON REVERSE SIDE