April 01, 2013

The Benefits of Mindfulness for Litigators

The stress of litigation is not just unpleasant—it can cause attorneys to choose poorly. The practice of mindfulness offers help.

Jan L. Jacobowitz

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Judge Alan Gold pondered how counsel might react if he sounded a Tibetan bell rather than a gavel to bring order to his court. Members of the state and federal judiciary, the Federal Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association, and several law school faculties and law firms were all present to discuss this idea of mindfulness and how it might benefit individual lawyers and the entire legal profession. The conversation that day led to the establishment of the Mindfulness in the Law Joint Task Force, the goal of which is to provide information, training, and the opportunity for lawyers to gather to share mindful meditation sittings.

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