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Using practical Tools of mindful awareness to improve the work and lives of Lawyers, Mediators, Negotiators, Judges, Arbitrators, and Managers

Faculty: Rachel Wohl and Scott Rogers

Lawyers, judges, mediators, and managers aspire to provide high-quality service and to derive satisfaction in the process, but often face barriers to fulfilling such aspirations.  Stress, our fast-paced lives, conflicting demands, self-doubt and other challenges distract us from bringing our whole selves to bear upon our work and our lives, even when we are trying to do so.  The added complication of dealing with conflict is associated with its own distracting welter of thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and habitual modes of reacting.

Mindfulness, a systematic method of paying attention, deliberately, in the moment, without judgment can help us gain awareness of our mental and emotional processes, our habitual reactions, and their manifestations in our mind, body, and breath.  Such awareness opens the door to developing ourselves in ways that will enable us to perform better, to develop insights, to improve our well-being and to get more fulfillment from our work.

What you will learn:

  • Mindfulness meditation, a highly-refined, systematic method of moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness, which develops both calmness of mind and body and deep insight into an array of mental and physical conditions.
  • The Taking STOCK© technique, developed by Wohl and Leonard L. Riskin, a  practical technique to continually integrate mindfulness into our work and lives.  It will be practiced in various negotiation and dispute resolution roles.
  • Jurisight® exercises, developed by Rogers, which teach accessible and memorable ways to integrate mindfulness into our work and lives.
  • The science of mindfulness and how mindfulness practices have been associated with changes to the structure and function of the brain.  

Rachel Wohl is the director of MACRO, Maryland's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office. She is a mediator and attorney who successfully designed and implemented a large-scale (700-person) collaborative process that catapulted Maryland to the forefront of the conflict resolution field. She cochaired the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality and is a founding board member of an exciting new organization, Mediators Beyond Borders. Wohl received the Association for Conflict Resolution's Mary Parker-Follett Award for innovation. She has practiced meditation for over 17 years and has taught mindfulness courses at several law schools and in Scotland.

Scott Rogers is founder and director of the University of Miami School of Law Mindfulness in Law Program where he teaches Mindful Ethics, Mindfulness in Law, and Mindful Leadership.  Rogers is creator of Jurisight®, one of the first programs in the country to integrate mindfulness and the law and broke ground offering CLE programs that introduced neuroscience research along with contemplative practices in the legal context. A nationally recognized leader in the field of mindfulness, he has shared mindfulness with thousands of legal professionals including lawyers, law faculty, law students, mediators, and judges. He collaborates with cognitive neuroscientist, Amishi Jha, exploring the enduring brain changes that may accompany mindfulness training. Rogers is author of The Six-Minute Solution: A Mindfulness Primer for Lawyers, Mindfulness for Law Students, and Mindful Parenting. He has spoken at law and scientific conferences, appeared on television and National Public Radio, and been interviewed in newspapers and magazines for his work on mindfulness.