Interpersonal Dynamics


This article explains the importance of relationship skills to attorneys. It explains why, despite the significance of these skills to attorneys, law schools and law firms ignore them. It then explains how these skills can be taught in law school, and how a relation al perspective can become not simply an important part of the law, but also an important part of the lives of lawyers. It develops and supports an ap proach that develops the cognitive, behavioral, perceptual and emotional skills and awareness essential to both accurate communication and productive and meaningful relationships. This approach is quite different from anything done in law schools, yet it is theoretically sound; it addresses the biggest and most important problems in the lives of almost all lawyers; it is practical; and it ought to become a substantial part of legal education both in law schools and in law firms.


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Date of this Version

September 2003