Mindfulness for Legal Professionals

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Mindfulness has been gaining acceptance in the legal profession as a way to increase focus and effectiveness, manage stress, and develop greater emotional intelligence in dealing with clients, judges, colleagues, juries and others. More than 25 law schools now offer programs or courses incorporating mindfulness, and numerous law firms and legal institutions have offered mindfulness training to their attorneys.

In a 2017 report, the National Task Force on Lawyer Wellbeing highlighted the crisis facing the legal profession, due to high levels of addiction, mental health problems, and suicide. They encouraged the use of mindfulness, among other approaches, to help the profession promote greater wellbeing.

Our team includes teachers with deep experience in both legal practice, including former judges, prosecutors, and public defenders, and in mindfulness practice.

Training

We offer a range of training options, from 90-minute introductory workshops to multi-week programs. We can tailor a program to the needs of your institution and your budget. A typical set of offerings for an office might include:
  • An introductory workshop to generate interest, open to a large group
  • A 6- or 8-week course for a smaller, more committed cohort
  • Follow-up support to encourage continued practice and learning

 

 

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Our Team

Our team includes mindfulness teachers with expertise spanning the “front end” to the “back end” of the criminal justice system, giving us a unique capacity to bring mindfulness to all levels of the system.
charlie halpern
Charlie Halpern
Legal Professionals
Dan Carlin
Legal Professionals
Rhonda Magee
Rhonda Magee
Race & Implicit Bias
Fleet Maull
Fleet Maull
Correctional Systems
Richard Goerling
Richard Goerling
Law Enforcement
Mary Aubry
Mary Aubry
Prosecutors
Ron Tyler
Ron Tyler
Public Defenders
ron greenberg
Ron Greenberg
Judges

Comments from past participants:

“I feel more calm when I take the bench, and being present ‘in the moment’ as I’m hearing cases has allowed me to notice more about what is happening in the court. I have on several occasions noticed things that I wouldn’t have otherwise, and at least a few times those observations have changed what I have done on cases.”

- Trial Judge

“A culture of compassion and mindfulness, along with training in mindfulness, offers attorneys the ability to manage and even reduce stress, to be more resilient in the face of difficulty, and will improve representation of our clients by preventing burnout. I firmly believe that attorneys (and others) practicing mindfulness together will create subtle but powerful shifts in our criminal justice processes and institutions.”

- Supervising Attorney, Public Defenders Office

“I turn to mindfulness whenever I start to feel overwhelmed or emotional. Also, I now use mindful listening with all the clients who I have felt myself losing patience with, and families that are desperate for answers that I cannot provide. I have loved this experience and it has made me a better public defender, father, husband and all around person.”

– Deputy Public Defender

“In California, judges take an oath that states, ‘As an officer of the court, I will strive to conduct myself at all times with dignity, courtesy and integrity”. I believe that mindfulness, particularly the practice of making empathic connections with clients, lawyers and court personnel, provides a practical tool for meeting that important legal obligation.“

– Trial Judge

Contact Information

To learn more about our work or to inquire about training,
please contact Dan Carlin ([email protected]).