Faith Ireland

Faith Ireland
Faith Ireland, Justice (Ret.)

Book this Speaker

To learn more about Faith Ireland or book them as a speaker, please contact us.


Justice Faith Ireland (ret.), is a mediator, arbitrator, and appellate consultant to lawyers with JAMS the largest global ADR provider. She is a retired Washington State Supreme Court Justice. She served 21 years as a trial judge and justice, following a career as a pioneering female litigator. She was a founding member of Washington Women Lawyers and has received it’s President’s award and the Passing the Torch award. She was named Judge of the Year by WSTLA and was the first female President of the Superior Court Judges Association.

Justice Ireland received her BA in political science from the University of Washington; was one of two women who graduated from Willamette University Law School in 1969; and received her MS in Taxation with honors from Golden Gate University in 1984. She has served on many boards and commissions and has received many recognitions and honors for her professional and community work. She is also a certified Life Empowerment Coach, helping people envision, design and create the professional and personal life they love. While on the Supreme Court she became an international competitive powerlifter. She won six world competitions, set 15 world records for her age and weight, and retired from competition in 2014. She still enjoys the gym, Tai Chi, and skiing with her husband, Chuck Norem.

Her full ADR biography is available here.

Speaking Topics

Topic one: Powerlift Your Life: How to envision, design, and create the life you LOVE

Many times we settle for what we can get, even if it’s not what we really would love. Most people focus on one part of their life without looking at all four quadrants: Health, Relationships, Vocation and Time, and Money Freedom. Living a life you love in all four quadrants starts with a Vision. Not just a goal, but a full vision of what you would Love. How do you know what you would love? What is it that makes you come ALIVE. Focus on the WHAT, not the HOW. Assessing your Life for growth requires honoring your longings and discontents. We are meant to grow. Envision the Future as NOW. Focus on the WHAT, not the HOW. Your imagination is excellent. It is just worry turned backward. What would it look like if it all worked out? Your vision raises your awareness bringing new ideas. Thoughts become things when your emotions allow you to ACT. Anxiety and fear are the boundaries between where you are and your vision. Tools to repattern fear into courage. Allow your vision to come in ways you did not see. Everything looks like a failure in the middle. Hone your perceptions and see the gem in what you thought was a failure. Abundance thrives on circulation. Release brings liberation. It is not just what you achieve from your vision, it is who you become in the process.

Topic two: Wellness and Self-Care: Athletics, Nature and Vocational Success Problem

We are often so busy working hard or taking care of others that we forget self-care. A full life requires self-care in your health, relationships, and freedom. Often we are dominated by our work life.
Health: Are you in pain? Does your body dislike you? We took health for granted as teenagers. Now we must get creative to feel good all the time. Get over the “have to, should, must” syndrome that makes self-care just another job. Rewire by thinking: “I get to.” “I want to.”
Exercise: four types of exercise: Endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each one has different benefits and can improve your ability to do the others. Variety helps reduce boredom and the risk of injury.

If there is no exercise that you love, brisk walking is the best exercise of all according to the Mayo clinic. It is aerobic, improves posture and cardiovascular fitness, burns calories, strengthens bones and muscles, improves balance, energy, mood, cognition memory, and sleep. The Mayo Clinic also says it reduces heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and cancer, strengthens the immune system, and reduces stress and tension. Tips for the exercise journey, caution, and safety.

Athletics: How I accidentally became an international powerlifter at age 57. The story of recovering from a decade of back neck and head pain from a car accident through weight lifting. As an international master’s powerlifter for 15 years, winning five world titles and setting 15 world records. The truth about age and exercise. It’s never too late and you are never too busy.

Relationships: Cumulative empirical evidence across 148 independent studies indicate that individual experiences within social relationships significantly predict mortality. The overall effect size corresponds with a 50% increase in odds of survival as a function of social relationships Keys to healthy relationships include:
Trust: Safety in sharing intimate personal information, interest, desire, dreams, and disappointments.
Common Interests: Spending quality time together in activities you both enjoy and allowing each other time for activities they enjoy independently.
Support: Having each other’s back is fundamental to a good relationship.
Release: Forgiving yourself and the other in the relationship is an ongoing requirement. Holding onto resentments or your own guilt inhibits the relationship.

The importance of Nature:

  1. Spending time in nature is linked to both cognitive benefits and
    improvements in mood, mental health, and emotional well-being.
  2. Feeling connected to nature can produce similar benefits to well-being,
    regardless of how much time one spends outdoors.
  3. Both green spaces and blue spaces (aquatic environments) produce well-being benefits. More remote and biodiverse spaces may be particularly helpful, though even urban parks and trees can lead to positive outcomes.

Vocational Success
Health and Time in Nature contribute to vocational success as well. I grew up with the 50’s notion that a good life comes from hard work. However, my father added to that “work hard and smart”. He showed me how even raking leaves could be easier if you knew the most effective method. Jari Roomer, Personal Growth Lab also says “You Need to Work Smarter, Not Just Harder“. He urges us to focus on the value we create in our hours of work, rather than just the number of hours. Prioritizing
Using the 80/20 Rule: 20% of your tasks and activities are actually responsible for 80% of your desired outcomes.
Digital Distraction: The addictive nature of our devices can erode our work day and our home life. We need to keep the focus on what produces results.

Topic three: Law Practice:  Logic, Emotion, and Values:  Forty Years of Decision-Making Theory

Much has been written about negotiation style and decision theory in the last 40 years. Getting to Yes was a sensation in 1981. It was followed by among others: Start with No in 2002, Predictably Irrational in 2008, and Never Split the Difference in 2016.

Although much of these books deals with selling situations or commercial negotiations, they also have relevance for lawyers. In every situation requiring a decision, logic, emotion, and values will be in play. As lawyers we are trained in logic. Emotion comes to us by nature. Values are learned and cherished.

What are values? People often want to be seen as honest, loyal, trustworthy, upright, and as having integrity among other values. They may also have values flowing from family, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, etc.


Speaking Topics

  • Powerlift Your Life: How to envision, design and create the life you LOVE
  • Wellness and Self-Care: Athletics, Nature and Vocational Success
  • Law Practice:  Logic, Emotion and Values:  Forty Years of Decision Making Theory