The newsletter of the Mindfulness in Law Society - Nov. 2018
Three things to know for November
1. Mindful Monday Starts Nov. 5

Beginning Monday, November 5 at 4 p.m. ( regardless of what time zone you are in) , MILS will host a 30-minute national virtual sit for for lawyers, judges, law students and professors, and others in the legal profession . The sit will be hosted on Zoom and use this meeting ID for every session every week:
The format may vary depending upon who is leading a particular session, but it will generally include a 20-minute sit with a short 10-minute talk at the beginning or end of the sit. Anyone in the legal profession is welcome to participate and non-members can attend five times before having to join MILS to receive this member benefit.

If you are an experienced teacher and are interested in leading sessions, please contact .

2. MILS National Conference Sessions Available Online

MILS first National Lawyers Conference in August was a huge success and the sessions for each of the panels will be available on the MILS website beginning November 15. They include one-hour sessions on:

  • The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being Report and Recommendations
  • An Introduction to Mindfulness
  • The keynote by federal district Judge Ricardo Urbina (ret) of Washington, D.C.
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How to integrate mindfulness into your legal practices and lives as lawyers
  • The role mindfulness can play in overcoming bias, fostering social justice, and humanizing the legal profession

You can watch these videos for free, but will have to pay a fee and follow certain procedures if you want to receive CLE credit. The conference was approved for 12.5 hours of CLE credit in Illinois, including general, ethics, and alcohol/substance abuse credit. That CLE credit is available for attorneys in states that have reciprocity with Illinois, and attorneys in other states may be able to petition for credit with their state bars.
3.  A Treasure of (Hidden) Member Benefits  

Did you know that your membership in MILS allows you to access many membership benefits behind the MILS paywall? The benefits include access to:

  • The MILS national membership directory
  • MILS classified ads
  • MILS discussion threads on mindfulness and law topics

These resources are just getting started, but we are confident they will grow over time and become robust member benefits. If you are interested in taking a leadership role in working with one or more of these, please contact .
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Mindfulness In Law Society
The mission of the Mindfulness in Law Society is to educate, coordinate and promote activities in the legal profession relating to mindfulness meditation, yoga, and other contemplative practices.