US Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger observed: “The entire legal profession – lawyers, judges, law teachers—has become so mesmerized with the stimulation of the courtroom contest that we tend to forget that we ought to be healers – healers of conflicts. Doctors, in spite of astronomical medical costs, still retain a high degree of public confidence because they are perceived as healers. Should lawyers not be healers? Healers, not warriors? Healers, not procurers? Healers, not hired guns?”
Warren Burger, The State of Justice, A.B.A.J., Apr. 1984, at 62, 66.
At the Willems Law firm we work to be healers of conflict. What sets this firm apart is a “peacemaking” philosophy which underlies services as an attorney, counselor at law, mediator and arbitrator. A peacemaker seeks to: a) de-escalate conflict, b) open dialogue, c) explore win-win solutions, d) seek to understand the interests of both parties, e) base arguments on solid evidentiary proof and law, f) show respect, g) avoid vilifying the other side, and f) utilize cost effective alternative dispute solutions.
While a peacemaker is concerned about their client’s rights and financial well-being, the peacemaker is also concerned about how conflict will define the client’s character and the person they become. Values are tested and developed in times of conflict. Human spirituality is a process of defining our values, priorities and mission/purpose in life. A peacemaker helps see the conflict in a larger context.