Source: (2005) St. Thomas Law Review. 17: 403-406.

1 You may have noticed a subtle, though clearly discernible, change of climate in the American legal system in recent years. An invigorating breeze has been blowing, and has now gathered sufficient force to reshape the roles of judges, lawyers, and legal educators, and through them the legal system as a whole. From my vantage point on the bench of the supreme court of our nation's fourth largest state, I see the fruits of this new perspective in unified family courts that emphasize an integrated approach to proceedings that involve children or families, in drug courts that promote treatment over incarceration, in alternative dispute resolution that is an essential element of the mediation programs in all of our trial courts, and in the more holistic approach being taken in clinical programs provided in some of our law schools. I see further evidence of profound change in attorneys who include in their criminal law practice a focus on client rehabilitation, and in attorneys who understand the harm caused to children by a highconflict divorce and so encourage practices in family law such as collaborative divorce.(excerpt)