In 2010, Judi Cohen formed Warrior One to solve for our pain and suffering. We all know its elements:
- Substance use
- Lack of belonging
We were offering these solutions long before the ABA 2017 Path to Lawyer Wellbeing Report, which officially sounded the alarm and named mindfulness as a powerful solution. More than 220 legal organizations have now taken the ABA Wellbeing Pledge.
Our Mindfulness for the Legal Mind programs support that pledge and enable you to solve for wellbeing.
What is Mindfulness for the Legal Mind?
Mindfulness for the legal mind is a blend of classical mindfulness, contemporary neuroscience, and a cutting-edge understanding of the legal mind in programs that empower you to increase your effectiveness and wellbeing.
Find out why lawyers say our programs are like a “firehose of the coolest stuff I’ve ever studied.”
Who is Warrior One?
Its Founder, Judi Cohen, Plus Many Remarkable Collaborators
Judi’s legal background. Currently a lecturer at Berkeley Law, Judi practiced as a real estate attorney for thirty years before that, and taught academic courses for ten of those years at the University of San Francisco School of Law. In 2010 she began teaching Mindfulness for the Legal Mind at Golden Gate University SOL before joining Berkeley Law in 2016.
Judi’s mindfulness & wellbeing journey. Judi’s mindfulness journey started in 1986, two years after she became a lawyer, when her own overwhelm and anxiety began to impact her wellbeing as a new lawyer. Taking a precious three weeks off, she journeyed to India to discover whether mindfulness could help. The practices she learned, convinced her she was on the right path. Judi began studying regularly with mindfulness teachers in the Insight, Zen, and secular mindfulness traditions, and with teachers in the contemplative neuroscience community. She continues to deepen her own practice through ongoing study plus extended silent retreat. Some of the remarkable teachers Judi has had the good fortune to study with, now also teach in Warrior One’s biennial, 9-month, Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training (MLTT).
Founding & Collaborating at Warrior One. Once Judi felt she had integrated the benefits of mindfulness into her work as a lawyer and law professor, she founded Warrior One in 2010 to help increase her colleagues’ wellbeing. In 2015 she started the Thursday morning Wake Up Call, which continues live and also became a podcast at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2016, Judi realized that our profession needed more mindfulness-in-law teachers, and co-created MLTT, now beginning its 5th iteration in 2024. Many of Judi’s fellow luminaries in the mindfulness-in-law community collaborate each year to offer their wisdom at MLTT.
“[Since taking EML,] I have placed more emphasis on the habit of courtesy – and have practiced putting away personal dislike I may have for opposing counsel.”
“EML training is incredibly powerful when you look at input vs. output. With as little as 5 minutes a day of meditation over a few weeks, I felt profound changes in my ability to choose my reactions to stressful or unpleasant situations.”
“The EML program reduced stress and increased resiliency and the ability to handle stressful interactions, peer to peer or supervisor to supervisee.”
“I am getting a tremendous amount out of this course. It’s helping me find (rediscover) my voice as an attorney. I am a litigator who does not like litigation. But the work that we are doing is helping me to develop a new compass.”
“I had limited expectations (I was actually skeptical). I was wrong. The program was enlightening + eye-opening, as well as educational.”