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Low-Cost Live-Streaming Now Available for National Mindfulness Conference

The Mindfulness in Law Society is now offering low-cost live-streaming for its Aug. 3 Mindfulness and the Path to Lawyer Well-Being conference. CLE: We have also applied for 6.5 hours of CLE credit from Illinois, including professional responsibility and substance abuse, and hope to have that approved by the time of the conference. Those who attend via livestream are eligible to receive this credit upon approval.  Registration for livestream attendance is $50 for MILS members, $100 for non-members, and $75 for those who join register for the conference and join MILS. Click here to register to attend the conference via live-stream....

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Study: Mindfulness Drops Need for School Discipline

“Quiet reflection” may not be a phrase you typically associate with children, but one school program shows that yoga and deep breathing might be just what some kids need to thrive. In Baltimore, Robert W. Coleman Elementary School has replaced detention with mediation. The kids are loving it, and the switch has been so successful that, in the last year, the suspension rate has dropped all the way down to zero. Yes, zero. https://www.bustle.com/articles/185996-this-school-replaced-detention-with-meditation-hasnt-had-one-suspension-since...

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Pre-Registration Rates Made Permanent for National Mindfulness in Law Conference

The Mindfulness in Law Society has made permanent its pre-registration rates for the Mindfulness and the Path to Lawyer Well-Being Conference. For MILS members, registration is $175. For non-members, it is $225. If you register for the conference and join MILS, the rate is $200 (a $50 saving over the regular $75 MILS membership).  ...

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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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