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210.6 sec. 1 - Effective and Sustainable Law Practices: A Mindfulness-Based Perspective (Fall 2014)

Instructor: Rhonda Magee  
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: M 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 107

Course Start: August 25, 2014


This course will introduce students to the practice of mindfulness meditation and explore the ways that meditation practice can help to develop skills that are directly relevant to the work of a lawyer. The seminar will explore, from a meditative perspective and through the support of mindfulness-based practices, the ethical responsibilities of the lawyer, the stresses and challenges of the lawyer's life, the management of the complex of emotions that affect the lawyer (including, among others, anger, self-righteousness, sadness, fear of mistake, compassion, indifference and love). Members will practice personal and interpersonal awareness skills that will assist in personal and professional growth, strengthen client and other relationships, and help members maintain integrity. Members will also be expected to engage in regular practice of meditation, keep a journal of their reflections, and prepare two short papers in the course of the semester. Classes may be enriched by occasional presentations from lawyers who have integrated the meditative perspective and mindfulness practices with their law practice. While all are welcome, space in this class is limited. Interested students should download the short application form from this page under 'supplemental file'. Fill out and return to instructor at rvmagee@usfca.edu. Applicant will receive an approved Course Control Number to enable prompt registration upon acceptance. Application should be returned by August 8, 2014

Rhonda V. Magee (J.D., M.A.) is a pioneer in the development of mindfulness-based pedagogy and practices to support legal professionals. She is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches or has taught Torts; Insurance; Immigration; Race and Law; and Contemplative Lawyering. She is a Visiting Scholar with the Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society (2014 - 2015). Professor Magee is dedicated to the practice and pedagogy of challenging subjects such as race, gender, immigration and law from a mindfulness-based perspective. She was a founding member of the American Association of Law School's Section on Humanizing Legal Education (now, the section on "Balance in Legal Education"), and of the USF tenured faculty's initiative for Balance in Legal Education. She is current President of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, which supports efforts to bring a meditative perspective to law, higher education, and social justice activism. Professor Magee has practiced meditation for over 20 years, trained in Interpersonal Dynamics through the Stanford Facilitator Training Program, and teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and mindfulness-based interpersonal dynamics. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles, including "Educating Lawyers to Meditate?" 79 U.M.K.C 535 (2011)(Lead Article).

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Course Category: General Courses

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