Seminar Number

8313

 

EFFECTIVE LAWYERING WITH THE WHOLE PERSON -
Applying Mindfulness Meditation in Law Practice

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED

SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

Coastal Georgia Office
State Bar of Georgia
18 E. Bay Streeet • Savannah

CLE Hours:
6 CLE Hours including 1 Ethics Hour and 1 Professionalism Hour

About the Program:
Patton Hyman is the President and Executive Director of Applied Mindfulness Training, Inc., previously known as Tail of the Tiger, Inc., a position he has held since 2005, designing, promoting and presenting programs introducing mindfulness to professional audiences.

Research shows that lawyers suffer from remarkable levels of stress, contributing to personal and professional difficulties such as burnout, turnover, substance abuse, divorce, and professional dissatisfaction. But does practicing law have to be so distressing? Can we recapture our inspiration as attorneys, making our practice stimulating and rewarding once again.

Mindfulness meditation, a practice of training the mind’s natural alertness and presence, is today being practiced in law firms and businesses as a way of revitalizing careers and managing stress. This seminar will address how mindfulness practice can be useful for attorneys, how it enhances lawyering skills and creativity and is helpful in addressing workplace issues. This interactive seminar will include periods of mindfulness meditation, instruction and practice, readings, lectures, and discussion.

8:15

Registration and Continental Breakfast
(All attendees must check in upon arrival. A jacket or sweater is recommended.)

9:00

Mindfulness and the Practicing Attorney
The purpose and theory of mindfulness meditation, with instruction and opportunities to practice, with special attention to challenging interpersonal conflict situations and practice pressure. The presentation will be interactive, and participants will be invited to raise issues and share insights. It will address in everyday language a number of topics, emphasizing the practical application of mindfulness in law practice situations. The practice of contemplation will also be introduced as well as a practice for addressing fear and nervousness that arise in pressurized situations.

(There will be a 15 minute break during the morning session)

11:30

Lunch (Included in registration fee)

12:00

Exploring Contemplative Disciplines as a Key to Creative Solutions
Participants will explore a contemplative way to access innovative options for addressing issues commonly encountered in the practice of law; topics discussed include legal problem solving, negotiation, strategic planning, leadership, and interpersonal problems, with a special emphasis on communication skills.

1:35

BREAK

1:50

Using Mindfulness and Contemplative Disciplines to Address Professional Challenges
In this session, participants will break up into small teams to address scenarios presented for consideration. This session will continue the contemplative approach to creative solutions, and participants will be encouraged to consider multiple solutions to the issues presented.

3:50

Applying Mindfulness in Daily Life
This session will address how lawyers might bring these techniques into their practices.

4:00
ADJOURN