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Mindfulness for Judges

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm UTC

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?

This afternoon program for judges from the Housing Court, Juvenile Court, and Probate and Family Court will cover the science, benefits, and practice of mindfulness. The effectiveness of mindfulness in addressing courtroom stressors and implicit bias will be a particular area of focus.

The agenda will include:

  • Introducing and defining mindfulness
  • Benefits of and research on mindfulness
  • Integrating mindfulness into your busy life
  • Short mindfulness practices
  • Thoughtful dialogue and Q&A throughout

Don’t miss this opportunity to 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 an MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) 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.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017
1:00pm - 4:30pm UTC
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