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Mindfulness for Judges

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Program Materials: Judges must login to download program materials or contact us to request a copy by email.
 

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review makes the case that mindfulness is an essential way “to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation & effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress.”

The practice of mindfulness can be defined as paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment. Have you ever driven somewhere, parked your car, and realized that you had little memory of what appeared along the way?  Or been reading and became so distracted that you had to reread pages you thought you had already read? Strengthening the ability to be aware of what’s happening as it is happening is a key to reducing stress, experiencing greater health and well-being, and increasing full engagement in our work and lives.

This afternoon program will cover the science, benefits, and practice of mindfulness.  The effectiveness of mindfulness in addressing courtroom stressors and preventing burnout will be a particular area of focus.

The agenda will include:

  • Introducing and defining mindfulness
  • The science, benefits, and practice of mindfulness
  • Reacting vs. responding to stress and challenge
  • Mindfulness in communication
  • Integrating mindfulness into your busy life
  • Short mindfulness practices
  • Thoughtful dialogue and Q&A throughout

What Judges Say about this Program:

Terrific presenter, hitting the right tone & pace.
– Probate and Family Court Judge

I thought the program was excellent!
– Juvenile Court Judge

I thought the pace and opportunities to interact were well managed.
– Housing Court Judge

I believe that other judges will benefit HIGHLY from this program.
–  Probate and Family Court Judge


To view the recent PBS production, “Mindfulness Goes Mainstream,” click on the link below:
https://wgbh-2.wistia.com/medias/q0rplhy6zb

Attend this program and learn how mindfulness can assist you in decision-making, reduce the impact of stress on health, and increase focus and well-being.


About the Instructor:

Brenda Fingold, JD, MA is the Manager of Corporate Programs and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The Center pioneered the development of mindfulness programs for stress reduction and has received International acclaim for its evidence-based and scientifically researched mindfulness programs. For the past 15 years, Brenda has been bringing her programs and individual coaching to lawyers, judges, and diverse businesses and professional service firms.

Brenda is a 1984 graduate of New York University School of Law and spent 17 years at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr (merged to become WilmerHale), where she was a litigator and the Partner Responsible for Training and Professional Development. She is the co-founder and former chair of the Professional Development Consortium, a national lawyer training organization. Brenda’s almost two decades in the busy and fast paced world of a large law firm coupled with her equal years of immersion in the science and practice of mindfulness give her a unique depth of wisdom and experience to guide legal professionals in integrating mindfulness into their work and lives.

Brenda has worked with lawyers, judges, MCLE, DCF Legal Staff, Legal Services Attorneys, the American Association for Justice, among others. Click here to read her article, “The Role of Mindfulness in Effective and Ethical Lawyering: Beyond Knowledge and Good Intentions.”