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Monday, October 25, 2010

ATTENTION: Reporters covering law, higher education, health, alternative medicine, features

The Mindful Lawyer

Contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu

WHAT:
The Mindful Lawyer: Practices & Prospects for Law School, Bench and Bar
, is the first ever national conference exploring the integration of meditation and contemplative practices with the legal profession and education. The two and a half day event will offer a mix of practical experience and discussion, meditation and movement, and presentations on relevant developments in neuroscience and psychology.

Participants include judges, attorneys, mediators, law professors and students, as well as practitioners and neuroscientists who are studying the effects of meditation on the brain.

WHEN:
Friday—Sunday, Oct. 29—Oct. 31

WHERE:
UC Berkeley School of Law, near the intersection of Piedmont and Bancroft Way. See campus map. 
Some events will be at the Bancroft Hotel at 2680 Bancroft Way. See hotel location map.

WHO:
Author, poet, and senior meditation teacher Norman Fischer, who has taught Buddhist principles and practice to the legal profession, will be leading meditations and offering his reflections and insights throughout the weekend. Prominent speakers include (go here for full list):

Jack Kornfield, internationally renowned Buddhist teacher and author; co-founder, Spirit Rock Center;
Charles Halpern, public interest law pioneer, author, founding dean of CUNY Law, conference chair;
Michael Zimmerman, former Chief Justice, Utah Supreme Court; law partner, Snell & Wilmer; former Vice-Abbott at Big Mind Western Zen Center, Utah;
Mary Louise Frampton, law professor and head of Berkeley Law center for social justice;
Dennis Warren, attorney and teacher; founder of Sacramento Insight Meditation.

BACKGROUND:
A growing community of legal professionals has found that meditation practice has sharpened their legal skills, helped them manage the daily stresses of their work, increased their empathy, and deepened their commitment to creating a more just society. Many law students also say that a course on meditation has helped them deal with the stresses and anxieties of study and work life; strengthens critical skills such as interviewing and negotiation; and provides an opportunity to look more deeply at their profession, their personal goals, and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

The Mindful Lawyer Conference is co-sponsored by Berkeley Law, University at Buffalo Law School, The University of San Francisco School of Law, CUNY School of Law, University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law, as well as Berkeley Law’s Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice.

Registration is full; up to 8 MCLE credits are available for registrants. The event is free and open to the media. For more details, go to www.mindfullawyerconference.org, or contact Caitrin McKiernan at mailto:caitrin@berkeley.edu/ (805) 722-8275.