…where community ended, law began.
At the end of my first post-law work week, my reading has brought me to Jerold S. Auerbach’s 1983 summation of John Humphrey Noyes’ understanding of the difference in values and methods that marks a progression from Community to Law.*
To me, the Noyes progression seems a bit dark – i.e. one moves towards Law as Community breaks apart.
So, I’m wondering if it also works the other way – whether the recovery of Community requires, in some measure, a retreat from Law. And if so, what skill set is indicated for the encouragement and emergence of a professional community.
That’s something for me to think about because this weekend I’m needing to write my own post-law capability statement and design the governance & procedures framework for a professional conduct support programme.
Work didn’t end when I transitioned to post-law; it just brought fresh challenges!
- Auerbach J. S. (1983) Justice Without Law? Oxford University Press, New York, p.53.