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Peter Gabel
Peter Gabel, the associate editor of Tikkun, is a law professor, therapist, and a founder of the critical legal studies movement.

A Thirst for Connectedness in the Legal Profession


by: on November 18th, 2009 | 2 Comments »


Last week I introduced Tikkun Daily readers to the new blog at the Project for Integrating Law, Politics and Spirituality, with a post by Nanette Schorr about Sunny Schwartz’s restorative justice work in a San Francisco County jail. The third member of our team at that blog is Doug Ammar, and I love this first post by him. With this story he gives us an idea of what it means for him to practice law with a full intention of connecting at a human level with his clients, including those who spend many years in prison. Here it is in full:

Tuesday Blues

By Doug Ammar

“How can you do that? How can you visit a guy serving a life sentence?”

“What do you mean?” I reply.

“Well, you were his lawyer, right? The client was convicted while he was your client, right?”

“That’s right. Either I or someone else in our office was his lawyer. But, yes we visit our folks in prison,” I answer.

“And you all just keep showing up – years after the case is over? That has to be tough? What do you talk about? Doesn’t he hate you? Doesn’t he want to kill you?”


SpiritLawPolitics Blog Kicks Off with Nanette Schorr


by: on November 12th, 2009 | 3 Comments »


I would like to introduce you to a new blog by a group of us who are partly associated with the Tikkun community: the Project for Integrating Law, Politics and Spirituality. Nanette Schorr, Doug Ammar and I will be sharing duties of blogging, and will be posting items by others. Nanette introduced the blog on August 24 with this post:

I’ve been asked to be the first writer to kick off the new spiritlawpolitics blog. I’m really happy to be contributing on a website dedicated to our new legal culture; a culture characterized by social justice, individual and social healing and community participation. The spiritlawpolitics initiative was founded back in 1996, as part of a larger “politics of meaning” movement whose aim was to create a “new bottom line” in American society which reflected these values. The Project’s focus is still on the importance of supporting such initiatives as they emerge in the society. Exciting changes are happening in the law, but they can only fully take root if they are grounded in changes in consciousness and social practice which embody these values on a larger social level.

One of the initiatives we’ve long admired and supported is the movement broadly called “restorative justice.”