Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Shifting Law Practice Paradigms: Forgiveness as an Efficiency Tool

January 2022 Bar Bulletin

By Justice Faith Ireland (Ret.)

It is impossible to live a life without feeling disappointed, hurt or even betrayed at some time. Lawyers strive to win yet losses are inevitable. The power of forgiveness can be an important tool for lawyers at work as well as in our personal lives. 

Forgiveness is generally known as a religious practice. However neural science1 and psychology support forgiveness as a practical tool to transform our thinking and results. Forgiveness is the release of resentment or anger. Forgiveness doesn’t mean reconciliation. One doesn’t have to return to the same relationship or accept the same harmful behaviors from an...

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