Federal Judge Preaches the Value of Mindfulness

The “mindfulness” movement has made inroads in the legal industry, particularly drawing in lawyers who say the Zen-inspired blend of meditation, breathing exercises and focus techniques helps combat job stress. But judges, too, could benefit from mindfulness, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. The center, the research and education arm of the federal judiciary, has posted online a paper he wrote encouraging fellow jurists to give the practice a shot. “While much of the discussion of mindfulness in relation to judges so far has focused on health and wellness, mindfulness also has obvious implications for the actual work that judges...
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Will meditation help stressed-out lawyers?

Research has demonstrated several positive physiological and psychological impacts of mindfulness training and meditation, including reduced stress, anxiety and depression, improved control over attention and enhanced working memory. However, do these same findings hold true for those people working in the highest stress fields? For one group of professionals, a Western researcher is trying to find out.   Western cognitive psychologist John Paul Minda is collaborating with San Francisco-based lawyer and author Jenna Cho on a project designed to investigate the relationship between mindfulness training and the well-being of attorneys.   To continue reading this article by Paul Mayne at Medical Xpress, please click here.

The Mindful Justice Initiative’s 2016 Report Now Available

The Mindful Justice Initiative is a collaboration between Prison Mindfulness Institute and Transforming Justice: The Center for Mindfulness and Criminal Justice in Berkeley, CA. The report includes information on the following topics: Systems Change, Starting from the Inside Mindfulness in the Criminal Justice System 2015 Mindful Justice Conference The San Jose Project Mindfulness for Police and Law Enforcement Mindfulness in Juvenile Justice Mindfulness in Jails and Prisons Judges, Prosecutors, and Public Defenders   Read a PDF of the full report here: MJI report Sept 2016