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Peace and Justice Institute

LEAP - Legal Education Action Project

“In a hurried world where we sometimes forget to look beyond people’s words and actions and discover the 'why' behind what people say and do, LEAP helped me become a better attorney and in essence a better person, by delving into those 'whys' to understand what is really happening when people say the things they say and do the things they do.”
~ Wendy Mara
Attorney and LEAP participant

Our Mission

LEAP is committed to helping our participants learn effective ways to peacefully navigate conflict in thoughtful, transformative ways.

Who we serve

LEAP serves legal professionals and those professionals working in legal-related processes such as collaborative divorce and mediation.

Why LEAP?

As problem-solvers, lawyers are tasked with working through disputes in a system that is inherently adversarial. Quite often the nature of this system elicits behaviors that are not in alignment with the decency, dignity, courtesy, and professionalism The Florida Bar encourages of its members. In this challenging legal landscape, lawyers and paralegals need to learn tools that support the Bar's aspirational goals for conduct.

As helpers, legal professionals and those professionals working in legal-related processes are faced with situations that demand an ever-broadening scope of skills in order to facilitate civilized processes and successful outcomes. Increasing levels of dispute in society and within the professional community require conflict navigation expertise not only to support better experiences for clients, but also to support greater wellness and balance for the professional.

Quotes from participants

Upon completing class, participants felt:

"Fabulous! I enjoyed working with the Principles and their application to legal practice"

"Energized! Loved the discussion of the Principles and the feedback. Great pacing and modeling."

"Definitely ready to practice some of the techniques I have learned."

"Encouraged. Looking forward to implementing techniques."

Courses

  • Principles for How We Treat Each Other (1-hour Florida Bar CLE Professionalism credit)
  • Principles for How We Treat Each Other (3-hour Florida Bar CLE Professionalism credit)
  • Authentic Advocacy (4.5 hours Florida Bar CLE General OR 2.5 Professionalism, 1.0 Mental Illness, and .5 Bias Elimination)
  • Bias: We all have it (2018)

 

For more information on custom-designed courses for your firm or team, please contact Kiki Grossman, J.D., LL.M. at kgrossman2@valenciacollege.edu

 

 

 

 
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    Goals of the Institute are to:
    1. Create and teach a Peace and Justice Studies curriculum
    2. Sponsor and collaborate on peace and justice events
    3. Foster a connection with Valencia's A.S. programs in peace studies and conflict transformation
    4. Offer community outreach in peace and justice
    5. Engage in realizing Valencia's core competencies