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Goldilocks the Associate: Having Just the Right Amount of Work

Everyone knows Goldilocks and her relentless pursuit of porridge, pillows and other worldly pleasures that were “just right.” Well, lawyers (especially associates) face a similar challenge in managing their workload. If you have gone from feeling completely overwhelmed with too much work to worrying that you don’t have enough work, all in the course of a month, or even a week, you are not alone.  To an extent workload volatility is an inherent part of practicing law. But there are a number of ways you can manage the ebb and flow, and more importantly the stress that it causes, so your workload is “not too much, not too little, but just right.”   1) It’s Usually Okay to Overcommit   My experience is that approximately 50% of the assignments we agree...

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The Yogi Lawyer In You: Incorporate Asanas into Your Everyday Life And Break The Chains of Your Desk

It’s not easy being an attorney and it is stressful more often than not. With scary deadlines constantly around the corner and clients strolling into offices to demand answers and solutions to critical legal situations, one can’t help but feel the need for mental rejuvenation. Lucky for you, even a few brief moments of peace can save your mind and give you what you need. In just a few moments, you can practice simple yoga poses, or Asanas, right in your office. This will help you tackle chronic sitting problems and invite mindfulness back into your life. Practicing yoga regularly helps elevate everyday pains such as neck and shoulder sores and headaches from sitting in one spot for too long. Yoga manages stress levels in individuals...

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8 Steps to Turn Anxiety Into Mindfulness

Have you recently been feeling like nothing is in your control anymore? There are many things about the world that we cannot control. When we panic and freak out, we lose our ability to think practically which is why we need yogis now more than ever. With a few simple steps, we can regain control of our lives again. Communicate Intentions When you set intentions for yourself every week and share them with someone, it makes all the difference. It could be something as simple as deciding to focus 5 minutes of every day on deep breathing and telling it to your friend. You can make a deal with your friend and ask them to follow the same intention and check up on each other every week. Breathe To...

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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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