An attorney, mindfulness teacher, and lecturer at Berkeley Law, Judi began practicing mindfulness and yoga in the late 1980s. She has sat more than 150 days of silent retreat, and has studied with James Baraz, Norman Fischer, Roshi Joan Halifax, Jack Kornfield, Syvia Boorstein, Guy Armstrong, Bikkhu Analayo, and others.
Dismayed by the enormous amount of suffering in the legal profession, including among her law students, and feeling impacted herself, Judi founded Warrior One to help alleviate that suffering and the impact it has on clients, communities, and society. In 2009, along with Law Professors Rhonda Magee and Tim Iglesias, Judi co-created the first Contemplative Lawyering course for law students wanting to integrate mindfulness into their work and life. In 2010, she created the first Mindfulness for the Legal Mind training for lawyers, which integrates classical mindfulness, modern contemplative neuroscience, and the psychology of the legal mind. In 2015, Judi started the Wake Up Call, a live online, weekly, 10-minute talk and 10-minute guided meditation for legal professionals, now also a podcast. In 2016, Judi co-created and began co-leading Warrior One’s bi-annual, 9-month, Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training, a global mindfulness teacher training unique to the law and created by and specifically for lawyers.
Before founding Warrior One, Judi practiced as a real estate lawyer from 1984 to 2014, and for ten of those years also taught academic and mindfulness courses at the University of San Francisco and Golden Gate University Schools of Law before moving to Berkeley Law in 2016. Judi is a founding board member, the Teachers Division chair, and a member of the DEI Collaborative, for the Mindfulness in Law Society, and a 20-year member of the Bay Area Working Group for Law and Meditation. Since its inception in 2015, Judi has also co-facilitated Yesworld.org’s annual Law & Social Change Jam.
Judi lives with her partner, Carl Speizer, in Sonoma, California, on the unceded lands of the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo tribes. Between them they have one awesome daughter, two fabulous sons, one amazing daughter-in-law, and two very yummy grandkids, plus an ancient mini-labradoodle named Bleue.
You can reach Judi at [email protected]. She’d love to hear from you.