Rachel Wohl, Conflict Specialist, Mindfulness Teacher
Rachel Wohl has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 20 years and teaching it for over 10 years in a variety of venues, including law schools, mediation programs, prisons and a drug rehab program. She has been teaching a 2.5-day Mindfulness course at Pepperdine University Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She has taught this course with Professor Leonard Riskin, and solo, several times a year for the past 10 years. Wohl and Riskin created together and teach an awareness tool called Taking STOCK to help dispute resolvers and others continually integrate mindfulness into their work and their lives. She co-authored an article with Riskin about this tool, Mindfulness in the Heat of Conflict: Taking STOCK, which was published in Volume 20 of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review (2015). In addition to secular Mindfulness, Ms. Wohl also teaches and practices Jewish Meditation.
She is an attorney, mediator, facilitator, trainer and Mindfulness teacher. She has given workshops, conducted training and made presentations on a variety of dispute resolution skills and topics around the US and internationally. She co-chaired the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Taskforce on Improving Mediation Quality and was chosen by the International Association for Conflict Resolution to receive the Mary Parker Follett Award for Innovation in the field of conflict resolution. She is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBB), served on the MBB Board of Directors for 8 years, and is currently working on an MBB project in Cambodia.
She was previously the Executive Director of the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), where she designed and directed a statewide collaborative effort to advance ADR involving approximately 700 people across Maryland. While at MACRO, she helped create, strengthen and expand ADR programs in courts, juvenile justice programs, government agencies, neighborhoods, schools and universities. She received the Maryland State Bar Association ADR Section’s Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Award for outstanding contributions to the conflict resolution field, and will receive the 2015 Peacebuilder Award from the Community Mediation program in Baltimore, MD.
Ms. Wohl practiced law as a civil litigator for many years. She was a founding Board member of the Public Justice Center (PJC) and received the PJC’s 1997 Outstanding Service Award. During her legal career, she was chosen by the Maryland Legal Services Corporation to receive the Arthur W. Machen Award for outstanding legal service to the underprivileged, and received the Benjamin L. Cardin Pro Bono Service Award from the University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Association.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Wohl earned a master’s degree in film production and worked as a filmmaker. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband and has a 26-year-old son.