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210.6 sec. 1 - Effective and Sustainable Law Practice: the Meditative Perspective (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Charles Halpern  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Th 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 115

Course Start: January 12, 2012


This course will introduce students to the practice of meditation and explore the ways that meditation practice can help to develop skills that are directly relevant to the work of a lawyer. It will explore, from a meditative perspective, the ethical responsibilities of the lawyer, the stresses and challenges of the lawyer's life, and the management of the complex emotions that affect the lawyer ( including anger, self-righteousness, and compassion). Members of the seminar will 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 will be enriched by presentations from lawyers who have integrated the meditative perspective with their law practice.

Charles Halpern has offered this seminar for the past three years. He was chair of the conference on The Mindful Lawyer at Berkeley Law in October, 2010. He was a pioneer in public interest law and the founding dean of the CUNY Law School. He served on the faculty at Georgetown and Stanford Law Schools. As President of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, he supported efforts to bring a meditative perspective to law, business, and environmental and social activism. Founding Chair of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Charlie has practiced meditation for 30 years. He is the author of Making Waves and Riding the Currents: Activism and the Practice of Wisdom.

Admission to the course is limited to 20 students (1L through 3L), by permission of the instructor. To receive an application for the course, please send an e-mail to Charlie Halpern, crhalpern@earthlink.net, and he will email it to you. Completed applications must be emailed to Professor Halpern by noon on November 4. Students who are admitted will be notified by email by November 9 at 5 PM and will receive a course
control number so they can complete their registration.

Prerequisites:
none

Exam Notes: P+
This is a credit only course
Course Category: General Courses
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Advocacy Skills Courses
Litigation and Procedure
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • Being Peace
    Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield (Introduction)
    Publisher: Parallax Press
    ISBN: 9781888375404
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $5.99
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  • Wherever you go, there you are
    Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c1994.
    ISBN: 9780786880706
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 0.01
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