Call For Submissions

Articles, artwork and poetry

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Articles, artwork and poetry

The Conscious Lawyer is delighted to be teaming up with The Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics (PISLAP) to produce an inspiring and uplifting magazine issue. It will showcase the excellent work the PISLAP network has been doing in developing a new spiritually-informed approach to law and social change for more than twenty years.

ISSUE THEME

Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics and inspiring hope in these turbulent times.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.” Our current legal system does not reflect this ethos; it is based on a competitive, antagonistic, and overly individualistic view of humanity that belies our common spiritual existence. PISLAP’s mission is therefore to lead a multi-disciplinary movement integrating spirituality, law, and politics that transforms the existing legal system in ways that promote healing, cooperation, and the advancement of human consciousness. As lawyers, politicians, professors, and concerned citizens, we are committed to speaking up about our spiritual values and transforming our governments, law schools, and legal institutions to reflect those values, with courage, integrity, and commitment to something greater than our individual desires and needs. By taking a holistic and spiritually-informed approach to law and social change, we are correcting all that which revolts against love in our legal system, and by extension our world. This is not just a movement but rather a way of life, one which honors and reflects our true nature as spiritually connected beings. Read more on the PISLAP Brochure here.

Are you a lawyer, legal academic or law student that is doing work which promotes and nurtures this healing world view in law? Do you feel inspired to write or create poetry or art about it? Whether you are a current PISLAP member or new to PISLAP, we would love to hear from you.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

SUBMISSION PROPOSALS BY 15 MAY 2020
FINAL SUBMISSIONS BY 15 JULY 2020

Submission proposals for feature articles, interviews, book reviews, case and legislation reviews, poetry and artworks (including photography) that respond to the issue theme are all welcome. Please email info@theconsciouslawyer.co.uk with any questions or join the conference call on 2 April 2020 (see below).

Writers

Please keep any submission proposal to between 200–500 words and outline the main idea. Otherwise, here are our writing guidelines which should be reviewed before submitting your final piece of writing.

Poets

We would be delighted to receive existing, or new, poetry from poet lawyers or non-lawyers responding to the issue theme above.

Artists

We would be delighted to receive existing or new artworks (paintings, drawings, photographs etc.) from artist lawyers or non-lawyers responding to the issue theme above. We would be particularly thrilled with new artworks created specifically for this issue. Artworks should be suitable for an online magazine (A4 pages) and should be provided in high resolution.

conference call

We will have a conference call via Zoom on Thursday, 2 April 2020 and welcome all those interested in contributing to join us and we can answer any questions. Joining details for the call will be shared to both The Conscious Lawyer and PISLAP networks. If you’d like to receive details, consider signing up here. Joining details will also be shared on social media nearer the date.

PISLAP

The Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law, and Politics (PISLAP, pronounced pie-slap) is a nationwide network of lawyers, law professors, law students, legal workers, and others who are seeking to develop a new spiritually-informed approach to law and social change. We believe that human beings long to live in a world in which people can fully recognize and affirm each other’s humanity and that law can help bring that world into being through new legal processes that foster empathy, compassion, and mutual understanding. This in turn requires a definition of justice that goes beyond what can be achieved through the clash of individual rights that characterizes the existing adversary system toward a vision of justice that is based on the healing of the alienation between self and other that is at the heart of so much social injustice and social conflict. To this end, we hold conferences, write books and articles, teach classes, have ongoing conference calls, and in other ways seek to support one another’s efforts to create a new legal system that can help to heal and repair the world.

The Conscious Lawyer

First published in January 2017, The Conscious Lawyer is a positive alternative law publication delivered online. It aims to provide a platform for those engaged in the conscious, creative and courageous practice of law in service to a more beautiful world, a world which nourishes the wellbeing of society, the earth and all beings. It aims to draw attention, recognition and support to the work of its contributors (mainly lawyers and former lawyers) and to ignite inspiration and action in their activities in its readers. It aims to cover innovative and exciting practices of law such as Collaborative Law, Conscious Contracts, Contemplative/Mindful Law, Community Law, Cooperative Law, Earth Law, Holistic Law, Integrative Law, New Economy Law, Restorative Justice, Sharing Law, Sustainable Justice and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. Above all, it aims to challenge the status quo and introduce a fresh and visionary look at the work lawyers do, and can do.

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