Mindfulness Monday — Special Edition
Join family law attorney and mediator Emily Doskow, a Berkeley Law alum, to learn about the personal and professional benefits of mindfulness in connection with law school and lawyering. The program will include lunch, listening, and trying out some meditation. This event is perfect for first-timers, as well as more experienced meditators.
Emily Doskow has been practicing family law in the Bay Area since 1989. In addition to her work as an attorney and mediator, Emily has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 18 years and is the owner of Mindfulness Over Matters, providing training, coaching, and support for mindful law practice. Emily has taught mindfulness to law students at JFK University Law School, as well as to attorneys at the Alameda County Bar Association, the Family Violence Law Center, Continuing Education of the Bar, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Where: Warren Room
Wellness and Identity Workshop
Law school can be a stressful time for everyone. Identity may be one source of community and support, while at the same time facets of identity–both visible and invisible–can contribute to higher stress levels and can generate feelings of otherness that may affect emotional well-being.
Join us for facilitated small-group discussions of ways in which identity can bring both strength and challenges in the law school context. Whether you are someone who feels that identity has had a major impact on your law school experience, or if you want to learn how privilege may have shielded you from some sources of stress, you are welcome to be part of the discussion.
This event is co-sponsored by the Henderson Center.
Where: Goldberg Room
Work/Life Balance in Biglaw: Alumni Perspectives (Wednesday)
One narrative about Biglaw is that you won’t have time for anything else in your life. It doesn’t have to be that way! Join us in conversation with Berkeley Law alumni who have thrived in corporate law practice while maintaining fulfilling lives outside the law.
Panelists will share their own experiences and take questions from students about how to protect time for self and family while achieving excellence at law firms.
Panelists will be: Judith Zahid ‘01, Zelle, LLP; Jimena Acuña Smith ‘10, Ropes and Gray; Joshua González ‘15, Covington
Where: Room 170 (Boalt Hall)
Harm Reduction, Substance Use, and Law School
Come hear from Robin Walley, a social services staff member with University Health Services, about the harm reduction model for substance use and the resources available on campus to support yourself and others.
Where: Room 132 (Boalt Hall)
Podcasts and Apps
- UCLA Mindfulness and Awareness Research Center Podcasts and Guided Meditations
- HeadSpace (Guided Meditation)
- Insight Timer (Meditation Bell/Timer and Guided Meditation)
East Bay Meditation Centers
Local Low-Cost Yoga
- Recreational Sports Facility (RSF)*
- Yoga to the People (donation-based)
- Niroga Yoga Studio (sliding scale)
- Flying Studios (some donation-based classes)
- Sports Basement Classes
Alcohol and Substance Use Resources:
- Lawlifeline has articles on alcohol use and dependence, alcohol and depression, and addiction. It also provides an online self-evaluator to help you assess whether substance use may be affecting you or a friend.
- Rethinking Drinking is produced by a division of the National Institutes of Health and provides evidence-based information on alcohol use including the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems. It also provides information on assessing substance use, including eleven symptoms that could indicate a problem.
Counseling and Support Services at UC Berkeley
- Dr. Linda Zaruba, PhD is our counselor at the law school available for confidential counseling and support. For an appointment, call 510-643-5447.
- University Health Services, Tang Center, Social Services offers confidential and non-judgmental counseling with alcohol and drug specialists and support groups for students who are trying to reduce or cease their substance use.
Community-Based Support Groups and Meetings
- The Other Bar is a network of recovering lawyers, law students and judges throughout the state of California, dedicated to assisting others within the legal profession who are suffering from alcohol and substance abuse problems. 24-hour hotline: (800) 222-0767
- Alcoholics Anonymous offers a Twelve-step recovery program for men and women recovering from alcoholism. For more information call (510) 839-8900 (central office and 24-hr. hotline) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Marijuana Anonymous/MA World Services offers Twelve-step recovery program for men and women recovering from marijuana addiction. For more information call 800-766-6779 or 510-287-8873
- Narcotics Anonymous offers a Twelve-step recovery program for men and women recovering from drug addiction.
Mind and Body Wellness Resources:
Local Group Fitness
- Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) group exercise*
- Intramural and Recreational Sports Teams*
- City of Berkeley Sports Fields and Tennis Courts
- PE Classes at UC Berkeley
- Dance Classes
Run, Bike, Swim, Hike
- East Bay Regional Parks trails
- UC Berkeley Lap Swim*
- Lulu Lemon group runs
- FordGoBikes (There is a station at the Southwest corner of Berkeley Law.)
- Sports Basement Classes
- CycleBar Berkeley (Free weekly intro class)
- 510 Hikers (Mission: “To create a platform in nature that encourages the best of the Bay Area and people of color especially to get active, in nature and hike.”)
Sleep and Stress Relief Activities