The Mindfulness in Law Society


The Mindfulness in Law Society

Law Student Division

The MILS Student Division is a network of mindfulness-based student organizations from law schools around the country. It seeks to improve the well-being of law students across the nation by promoting mindful and contemplative practices. MILS Student Division provides networking and resources to students, including a step-by-step guide to creating an on-campus MILS group at your school. Professor Charity Scott is that National Faculty Advisor for the Student Division. The MILS Student Division is run by founding National Student Chair Austin Charles (Georgia State Law) and Vice Chair Caroline Margaret Voldstad (Columbia Law).

National MILS Student Leadership

Austin Charles, Chair

J.D. Candidate, 2018
Georgia State College of Law

Austin Charles has practiced some form of meditation all his life. The son of a of two meditation instructors, he grew up in a home where contemplative practice was fostered. In high school, Charles trained diligently in Wing Chun Kung Fu and Ashtanga yoga. Both practices greatly increased his interest and passion for living mindfully. After high school he attended Furman University, an institution known for its robust Asian Studies program. At Furman, Charles taught weekly yoga classes for groups across campus. An Asian Studies and History double major, Charles concentrated his studies on the origins of eastern contemplative practices. He studied Chi Gong for two years under a distinguished professor and practitioner, then traveled to Japan to deepen his knowledge of the meditative practice. At the Georgia State College of Law, Charles found a kindred spirit in Professor Charity Scott. Professor Scott invited Charles to help her create a mindfulness program for law students. Seeing the success of this program, the pair decided to take the program national. The Mindfulness in Law Student Division now links together law professors and students with a passion for mindfulness across the country, and helps to further the development of new programs. After law school, Charles is interested in continuing his work as a mindfulness consultant for law firms and corporate entities.

Caroline Margaret Voldstad, Vice Chair

J.D. Candidate, 2018
Georgia State College of Law

Caroline Voldstad has been teaching yoga and meditation for almost a decade, primarily at schools, including College of the Holy Cross, Harvard, and Columbia. After studying Philosophy and Eastern Religions in College she went on to receive a master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School in which she deepened her studies of contemplative traditions. While there she also had the pleasure of teaching Mindfulness to elementary school children at the Cambridge Friends School. At Columbia Law, she is the founder and president of the Yoga Club and runs weekly mindfulness meditations.

Start A MILS Chapter At Your School

Here is a start guide. MILS encourages students to create an official organization within their university to promote administrative support and acquire funding for speakers and retreats. Often universities require new student organizations to create bylaws and a constitution. We have provided an easy template for you to write your own Mindfulness in Law Society chapter bylaws and constitution.

School Chapters


The City University of New York School of Law
Contact: Victor Goode,


Columbia Law School
Contact: Elizabeth Emens,


Drexel University Kline School of Law
Contact: Lex Harris,


Emory Law
Contact: Sai Kolluru,


Georgia State University College of Law
Contact: Charity Scott,


Harvard Law School


University of Miami School of Law
Contact: Scott Rogers,


Michigan State University College of Law
Contact: Brian Pappas,


University of Missouri School of Law
Contact: Richard Rueben,


Southwestern Law School
Contact: Rebecca Simon,


Touro Law
Contact: Majorie Silver


Tulane University Law School
Contact: Pamela Metzger,


Vanderbilt Law School
Contact: Julie Sandine,


William & Mary Law School
Contact: Rebecca Green,