Richard Reuben, Chair and Co-Founder
Richard C. Reuben is the James Lewis Parks Professor of Law and Journalism at the University of Missouri School of Law, where he teaches a variety of public law and dispute resolution courses. He has practiced mindfulness for more than 15 years, and has been active in the growing movement to bring mindfulness to the legal profession. Professor Reuben founded the Mindfulness Affinity Group of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Balance in Legal Education in 2014, and, with Rebecca Simon (Southwestern Law School) co-founded the Mindfulness in Law Society in 2016. MILS is an umbrella organization that seeks to facilitate mindfulness awareness, groups, and activities within the legal profession. It currently has a Student Division and a Corporate Counsel Division, and is always looking to expand to other areas when leadership emerges. Professor Reuben is the author of Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom: A Personal Account, 61 J. Legal Ed. 674 (2011), and is the Principal Investigator, with positive psychologist Ken Sheldon, of the first empirical study to assess the utility of mindfulness to help first year law students manage their stress and improve their academic performance. Professors Reuben and Sheldon are also engaged in similar studies of veterinary students and doctoral students. Professor Reuben can be reached at ReubenR@missouri.edu, or by phone at 573-817-2900.