Emotional Intelligence and Lawyers—an Old New Frontier | ABA Law Practice Today

Gina Alexandris

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The call was for articles about “the new and the next in legal”—what are the new frontiers in law going to be? While my mind initially raced with thoughts of AI, cybersecurity, processes, bitcoin, privacy… I then paused. And I thought of what I was working on at that very moment. Emotional Intelligence. We were about to welcome our next cohort into the Law Practice Program (LPP) and I was preparing to speak before a large group of future lawyers about emotions. Imagine! And in response to Dan Lear’s request for proposals, I suggested that this concept was an “Old New Frontier” for lawyers, something around for a while, but that we are really just beginning to appreciate how much future (and current) lawyers will need it to succeed.