The Maryland State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Department present:
Mindfulness as a Foundation for Ethical Lawyering
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ecker Business Training Center, Columbia, MD
6.0 CLE Credits (.5 ethics) 6.0 Social Worker CEFaculty: Jennifer Dill, Esq.
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Introduction and Overview of Mindfulness, Ethics, and Law
Introduction and Overview of Mindfulness, Ethics, and Law Attorney competence requires attorney well-being. Discussion of the "Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change" from the ABA National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being.9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Mindfulness as a Tool for Attorney Well-being
Exploration of the various mindfulness tools that can help reduce stress, improve productivity, and increase resilience such as meditation, golf, compassion practices, yoga, exercise, eating, etc.
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Training the Brain
Attorneys spend many years training how to think like lawyers. With a similar approach to training, mindfulness practice trains us how to be better thinking lawyers in a way that allows us to handle the stress and strains and conflicts that are inherent in the practice of law.
11:30 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mindfulness Skills Development - putting theory into practice
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Mindfulness and interviewing, creativity and problem-solving
Listening is an essential lawyering skill. As law students we trained our minds to move ahead of the information being received and plan our best strategy. Understanding the barriers to effective listening and working at being better listeners makes us better lawyers.
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Mindfulness Skills Development – putting theory into practice
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mindfulness, Law & Society
What lawyering looks like when engaging legal problems and actors with equanimity, seeing interdependence between attorney, client, and others, and showing compassion to clients and others.