Mindfulness in Law Joint Task Force

Our Mission: The Board of Directors of the Dade County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association’s South Florida Chapter have each established a Mindfulness in Law Task Force to work together to introduce the South Florida legal community to information on mindfulness, mindfulness programming, and to support the formation of mindfulness practice groups.

What is Mindfulness?: Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to what is taking place in the present moment.  Neuroscience research and everyday experience suggest that practicing mindfulness offers a series of benefits that can enhance the personal and professional lives of attorneys, judges, and other members of the legal profession.  Click here to learn more.

Next Meeting:  On May 29, 2012, at 4:00 pm, the Joint Task Force will hold its next meeting.  If you are interested in mindfulness and would like to participate in this exciting, cutting edge, and important project, please join us at the DCBA Office located at 123 NW 1st Avenue.  You can contact us by sending an e-mail to mindfulness@law.miami.edu.

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A Short History of Mindfulness in Law in South Florida:  On March 11, 2011, Judge Alan Gold spoke on  “Mindfulness and Civility” at an FBA luncheon. His remarks led to a gathering in May that included DCBA and FBA presidents, Steven Davis and Brett Barfield, and DCBA president-elect, Andrea Hartley, who agreed the time was right to assess the legal communities’ interest in mindfulness and the ways mindfulness may benefit the legal profession and society.  In June, the group formed a Mindfulness in Law Committee attended by bar leaders, state and federal judges, attorneys, law professors, and law clerks. Its mission was to acquire a shared understanding of mindfulness,  practice mindfulness together, and assess ways in which a more formal and broad reaching approach to introduce mindfulness to the legal profession.    Over the course of 2011, the group met on several occasions confirming a shared sense of purpose that  lead to the formation of the joint task force.  Click here to read a chronology of mindfulness in law events leading up to Judge Gold’s talk on mindfulness and civility. 

Upcoming Mindfulness in Law Programs

November 9, 2012

NAWJ  Mindfulness Program

Click here for a listing of all Mindfulness in Law Programs.