Legal Education Action Project (LEAP)
"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
~ Wendy Mara
Attorney and LEAP participant
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.
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
"I was inspired to action after attending The Principles of How We Treat Each Other. The instructors were clearly committed to helping advance civility and kindness
to each other as well as ourselves – true architects of change!"
~ Brenda London, Attorney and Law Professor
"I enjoyed the seminar I attended very much as it forced me to put my busy life on
pause and meaningfully reflect on topics of the utmost importance. One exercise in
particular had a deep impact. We revisited why we went to law school in the first
place and the type of professional we wanted to be. Sometimes we lose our focus and
this seminar helped me put everything in the proper perspective."
~ Wendy Toscano, Valencia College Paralegal Studies Chair/Professor and Attorney
"There just aren't many opportunities for [lawyers] to learn how to be better people.
To have people participate and feel is much more meaningful than concepts"
~ Jill Kelso, Attorney
- Principles for How We Treat Each Other (1 hour Florida Bar CLE Professionalism)
- Principles for How We Treat Each Other (3 hours Florida Bar CLE Professionalism)
- Authentic Advocacy (4.5 hours Florida Bar CLE General OR 2.5 Professionalism, 1.0 Mental Illness, and .5 Bias Elimination)
- Navigating Bias Series (1.5 hours Florida Bar CLE General OR 1.0 Bias Elimination)