Chair of MILS Judicial Division
Donn Kessler was a judge on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals since 2003 and retired from the bench on June 30, 2017. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU where he taught mindfulness for law students in 2015 and 2016 and will be teaching the course again in the Fall of 2017 with Chelsea Gaberdiel. Donn has attended meditation retreats held by the Shambhala Group in Phoenix, presented at the 2010 Mindful Lawyer Conference in Berkeley, and attended a meditation retreat for lawyers in Spirit Rock in Northern California. Donn has also presented programs on meditation and mindfulness at three Arizona State Bar Conventions, the Arizona Judicial Conference, the Lawyers as Peacemakers and Healers Conference at the Phoenix School of Law, the 2013 Finding Happiness in the Law Program held at the Phoenix School of Law, the 2015 Arizona Justice of the Peace Association as well as at the annual meeting of federal administrative law judges in Scottsdale in 2016. Prior to joining the bench, Donn was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii before leaving Hawaii in a moment of youthful naiveté. Donn has also been an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a partner at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix, a shareholder in Ulrich, Kessler & Anger in Phoenix, a staff attorney at the Arizona Supreme Court and an attorney with Jones, Skelton & Houchili in Phoenix. Donn joined the MILS Board of Directors in 2017.