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Federal Judge Ricardo M. Urbina to Keynote MILS Mindfulness Conference

The Hon. Ricardo M. Urbina, who sat on the federal district court for the District of Columbia for more than 30 years, will be the luncheon keynote speaker for the MILS Mindfulness and the Path to Lawyer Well-Being conference on Aug. 3 in Chicago. His most famous cases on the bench included the Guantanamo Bay litigation (due process rights of G.B prisoners), Heller v. District of Columbia (the District of  Columbia's gun regulation violated the Second Amendment), and Electronic Privacy Information Center vs. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (passengers have privacy rights when scanned at airports by TSA)....

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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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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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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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How mindfulness can help us become more effective social change leaders

I have always had great difficulty asking for money—which is unfortunate for the founder and director of a nonprofit organization that depends on the donations of others to do its work. I felt great discomfort especially asking people that I knew for contributions to Global Grassroots, as if I were begging. I had a sense of shame around this. When I meditated on the discomfort, I recognized that I preferred to be self-sufficient and earn my resources. This felt like a more fair and just way of operating. It also made me feel more successful, less dependent, and more capable. Going deeper, I realized I had a need to feel that success was my own making, and that I did not need to ask for help. https://ssir.org/articles/entry/leading_from_within_conscious_social_change_and_mindfulness_for_social_inno...

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