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June 2018

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MILS Presents at National Academic Support Conference

[caption id="attachment_5468" align="alignnone" width="300"] MILS at NALSAP. From left to right: Professor Lydia Johnson, Professor Richard Reuben, and law student Elaina Marino.[/caption] The Mindfulness in Law Society had a panel on mindfulness for law students at the National Association of Law School Academic Success Professionals Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on Thursday.  We drew an audience of about 50, which was great considering it wasn't a very large conference and there were two other concurrent sessions.  Academic Division Chair Lydia Johnson (Thurgood Marshall School of Law), Student Division Chair Elaina Marino (Syracuse Law School), and MILS President Richard Reuben (Missouri School of Law) presented.  There were no obvious skeptics, and most of the questions were directed to Elaina, who presented a student perspective and did a fabulous...

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Sandine honored by Tennessee Bar

Julie Sandine, founding Secretary for the Mindfulness in Law Society, has received the 2018 Tennessee State Bar's President's Award for her contributions to lawyer well-being. Sandine, who is based in Nashville, is also chair of the Tennessee Bar's Wellness Committee, and a past chair of the Balance Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Congratulations to Julie on this well-deserved honor, Julie!!!...

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Response to Legal Criticisms of Mindfulness

Florida lawyer George Delos writes a letter to the Florida Bar Journal responding to legal community concerns about mindfulness, including the idea that the promotion of mindfulness is effectively promoting a religion or cult. For what it's worth, the Mindfulness in Law Society bylaws explicitly bar the organization from preferencing one expression of the practice over another....

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The Meditative Judge

In the meditation and yoga classes I’ve taken for the past several years, I’ve learned that mindfulness—an acute awareness of what is happening in the present moment—can improve my life. In yoga mindfulness allows one to unite the body and the mind in the present through a variety of physical poses. But as a municipal court judge in College Station, Texas, I have also seen it work wonders in my courtroom. In retrospect, I was using mindfulness long before I recognized what it was. https://mag.uchicago.edu/law-policy-society/meditative-judge...

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Justice Sotomayor Plugs Meditation

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave the keynote presentation at the American Constitution Society Annual Meeting yesterday. It was in the form of a Q&A with a former clerk, and much of the interview was conducted as she walked around the entire room shaking hands. That was pretty amazing by itself. At one point, she hugged a man and said told the audience "he is always trying to get me to meditate." She started to move on, then turned and said something to the effect of "That's going to happen one day, I really do believe." The tide continues to rise!...

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