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SYMPOSIUM: CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING CONFERENCE: Conference Transcript Excerpt - Session 3: Mobilizing Creative Problem Solvers
37 Cal. W. L. Rev. 83
I. Panel Discussion
MS. BOWERMASTER: Good morning. I'm Janet Bowermaster. I'm the academic director for the McGill Center for Creative Problem Solving, and professor of torts, family law and domestic violence at Cal Western.
We are now embarking upon the third and final preliminary session in our conference on the lawyer as a creative problem solver. Our first session focused on envisioning the new lawyer. Session two looked at training the creative problem solver. And in this session, we're going to address the challenge of mobilizing creative problem solvers.
Now, remember that throughout our presentations and discussions, we've focused on a broad scope of creative problem solving. Although alternative dispute resolutions and skills may be the first notion that comes to mind, it is not co-extensive with creative problem solving. We've also been talking about preventive law, Pllel thinking, therapeutic jurisprudence, collaborative lawyering, community lawyering, and more.
During the last few days, we've suggested a wide range of competencies that are needed by the creative problem-solving lawyers. Included among these are the ability to understand legal problems in their full context, and the ability to generate occasional non-traditional options for addressing those problems.
We've talked about the familiarity and the need for familiarity with social services to whom clients can be referred. We've talked about the need for the ability to work collaboratively with other lawyers and other professionals, the need for ADR skills, such as listening, problem identification, negotiation, ...
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