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210.6 sec. 001 - Mindfulness for Lawyers:Essential Tools for Greater Effectiveness and Wellbeing in the Law (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Judi Cohen  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2


    Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 170
    From August 27, 2019
    To November 12, 2019

    Sa 09:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Off Campus
    On 2019-11-16

Course Start: August 27, 2019
Course End: November 16, 2019
Class Number: 32665

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 34
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 34
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

This course will be an exploration of what it means to bring mindful awareness and mindful thought leadership to the study and practice of law. As you engage in this exploration you'll be testing two hypotheses:

(i) That in any given moment you have the opportunity - or maybe, because of the legal profession's standing, you have the obligation - to choose who you are, what values are crucial to you, and how you'll honor those values, as law students, members of the bar, and members of society; and

(ii) That cultivating mindful awareness and developing mindful thought leadership gives you critical tools to help you make those choices in ways that can result in less conflict and suffering, and more effectiveness, compassion, and wellbeing, for yourselves and your clients, in your profession, and in the wide sphere of influence that you, as lawyers, will have.

Here's another way of saying this, from J. Krishnamurti:

To transform the world, we must begin with ourselves; and what is important in beginning with ourselves is the intention. The intention must be to understand ourselves and not to leave it to others to transform themselves or to bring about a modified change through revolution, either of the left or of the right. It is important to understand that this is our responsibility, yours and mine; because, however small may be the world we live in, if we can transform ourselves, bring about a radically different point of view in our daily existence, then perhaps we shall affect the world at large, the extended relationship with others.

Attendance and class participation are essential elements of the course. You will be allowed no more than two unexcused absences OR two unexcused missed journal entries OR one unexcused absence and one unexcused missed journal entry, and are discouraged from missing any classes or journal entries. There will be an all-day, off-site retreat on Saturday, November 16th, which you are required to attend and which will count as three class days. There will not be class on Tuesday, October 8th.

You will be encouraged to practice mindfulness meditation every day, required to submit a short journal entry to the instructor each week as mentioned above, and required to submit a final paper of no more than three pages in length.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all enrolled students; any enrolled students who are not present at the first day of class without prior permission of the instructor will be dropped from the class.


Professor Judi Cohen is an attorney, mindfulness teacher, and lecturer at Berkeley Law. She practiced as a real estate transactional lawyer from 1984 to 2014, and for ten of those years also taught Real Estate Transactions and Mortgages & Deeds of Trust at USF School of Law. She began practicing yoga in the mid-1980's and mindfulness meditation in 1993, and has sat more than 100 days of silent retreat. In 2009, she founded Warrior One and developed the Essential Mindfulness for Lawyers® curriculum, an integration of classical mindfulness, modern neuroscience, and the psychology of the legal mind. In addition to teaching at Berkeley and running Warrior One, Professor Cohen is a founding board member and the Teachers Division chair for the Mindfulness in Law Society, and a member of the Bay Area Working Group for Law and Meditation.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
This is a credit only course
Course Category: General Courses

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