Mindfulness & Racial Bias

When I was promoted to tenured full professor, the dean of my law school kindly had flowers sent to me at my home in Pacific Heights, an overpriced San Francisco neighborhood almost devoid of black residents. I opened the door to find a tall, young, African-American deliveryman who announced, “Delivery for Professor Magee.” I, a petite black woman, dressed for a simple Saturday spent in my own home, reached for the flowers saying, “I am Professor Magee.” The deliveryman looked down at the order and back up at me. Apparently shaken from the hidden ground of his preconceptions, he looked at me again. Incredulous, he asked, “Are you sure?” Let...
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Mindful Lawyering

from Greater Good By Sara Tollefson | July 28, 2014 |  Let’s face it: seeing the words “lawyer” and “mindfulness” in the same sentence looks a little weird. Rhonda Magee speaks at the GGSC’s “Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion” conference on March 8, 2013. This might be why lawyers suffer disproportionately high levels of depression, substance abuse, and suicide. Lawyers are almost four times more likely to be depressed than non-lawyers, and twice as likely to be alcoholics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lawyers rank fourth in the professions with the most suicides. So maybe there is a role for mindfulness in the legal profession after all....
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Mindfulness in Policing

Hillsboro cops forge revolutionary path with meditation training By Rebecca Woolington | The Oregonian/OregonLive on April 04, 2014 at 7:12 AM, updated April 04, 2014 at 7:15 AM The cops gathered in the dim, cozy studio. Dressed in gym clothes, they stretched out on dark green yoga mats. Lie on your back, the instructor said. Get comfy. Focus on your left little toe, he softly intoned. What’s there? How does it feel? He moved on, toe by toe, left foot, then right. How does it feel? Dry? Sore? The instructor continued slowly, asking participants to focus their minds, and energy, on each body part. If you catch yourself wandering, he...
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