Mindfulness and the Path to Lawyer Well-Being

August 3, 2018. Loyola Law School Chicago, Illinois.



8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast. Ceremonial Courtroom


8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Conference Welcome & Overview.  Ceremonial Courtroom

Richard Reuben, President and Chair, Mindfulness in Law Society

James Lewis Parks Professor of Law and Journalism, Missouri School of Law, Columbia, Missouri


 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Why Lawyer Well-Being Matters to Clients, Law Firms, Lawyers

Tracy Kepler, Director, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, Chicago, Illinois

Lynda Shely, The Shely Law Firm, P.C. Scottsdale, Arizona

Roberta Tepper, Lawyer Assistance Programs Director, State Bar of Arizona, Phoenix

Hon. Robert L. Childers, Circuit Court Judge, Shelby County, (Ret.) Memphis, Tenn.

Teresa F. Frisbie,  Director, Dispute Resolution Program Loyola University Chicago School of Law

The Panel will discuss the stressors currently facing lawyers, the 2017 National Task Force Report on Lawyer Well-being, the connection between attorney/judicial wellness, competence and ethics, as well as ABA and state bar resources to assist attorneys and judges with well-being.


10:00 – 10:15Break


10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Introduction to Mindfulness

Judi Cohen,  Lecturer, Berkeley Law & Founder, Warrior One Berkeley, California

Gullu Singh, Founder, Landmark Law Group and Meditation Teacher, Santa Monica, California

This session is an introduction to mindfulness for lawyers, judges and law students, and will offer some basic exercises and practice experience, including breath awareness, talk and listening practices, and the body scan.


Break 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Beyond Sitting: Other Mindfulness Practices

      Walking: Brenda Fingold, Assistant Dir., Brown U. School of Public Health  Mindfulness Center

      Yoga: Alisa Gray, Shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco, P.A. Phoenix, Arizona

      Qi Gong: Leonard Riskin. Harris H. Agnew Visiting Professor of Dispute Resolution, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois

These simultaneous breakout sessions will focus on three other mindfulness exercises — Walking, Yoga, and Qi Gong — that participants can use at home and on the job to reduce stress, increase focus, and enhance well-being.


12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Luncheon & Keynote: The Hon. Ricardo Urbina, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Ret.)  Mindfulness and Professional Responsibility. Kasbeer Hall


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Science: Recognizing & Breaking Stress Habits. Ceremonial Courtroom,

Dr. Jud Brewer, Chair of Research, Mindfulness Division, U-Mass. School of Medicine

This plenary will explain in lay terms the neuroscience behind the effectiveness of mindfulness training for dealing with lawyer stress and dissatisfaction, as well as how mindfulness can help lawyers break free from mental habits that contribute to stress and undermine well-being, and foster new ones that foster effectiveness, resilience, and engagement with life.


2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Integrating Mindfulness into Practice, Ceremonial Courtroom.

Lyzzette Bullock, Associate General Counsel, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Demarris Evans, Public Defender’s Office San Francisco, California

Emily Doskow, Attorney-Mediator & Founder of Mindfulness Over Matters, Oakland, California

Elaina Marino, Law Student, MILS National Student Division Chair, Syracuse Law School, New York

Katerina P. Lewinbuk, Professor of Law South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas

This plenary discusses how firms, agencies, lawyers, law professors, and students have incorporated mindfulness practices to make their workplaces more productive, and more effective, creative, and satisfied in their practices.


3:20 – 3:35Break


3:35 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Small Group Questions and Answers

Scott Rogers, Founder and Director, Mindfulness and Law Program, University of Miami School of Law, Florida

Judi Cohen, Founder, Warrior One, San Francisco, Caliifornia

Hon. Michael D. Zimmerman, Chief Justice, Utah Supreme Court (Ret.), Partner, Zimmerman Booher, Salt Lake City, Utah

Gullu Singh, Landmark Law Group, Meditation Teacher,  Santa Monica, California

Alisa Gray, Shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco, P.A. Phoenix, Arizona

This small group session allows participants to talk and share what they have learned, and discuss what they think they can take back to their workplaces and professional lives.


4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Mindfulness and the Path to Lawyer Well Being. Ceremonial Courtroom

Demarris Evans, Public Defender’s Office San Francisco, California

Leonard Riskin. Harris H. Agnew Visiting Professor of Dispute Resolution, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois

Michael D. Zimmerman, Chief Justice, Utah Supreme Court (Ret.), Partner, Zimmerman Booher, Salt Lake City, Utah

This final plenary will be a discussion about the role mindfulness may play in the future  practice of law, including helping lawyers and judges manage stress, improving performance and client satisfaction, addressing implicit bias, enhancing social justice, and lifting the public’s perception of the legal profession.  Time will also be allotted for attendees to report on the substance of the afternoon breakout sessions and to enter into a dialogue with the panelists.


5:45 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. Closing.  Richard Reuben, President, Mindfulness in Law Society


6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Reception. (Soft Drinks and Appetizers) . Kasbeer Hall

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