The Legal Profession is Suffering

Our colleagues are overworked, under-resourced, and overwhelmed.
Firms, legal organizations, law schools, bar associations, and individuals are desperate for solutions.

Be the Solution

The 2022 Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training

We have an amazing cohort!
Thank you to everyone who applied.
Our 2022 program is now well underway.
Please check back soon for information on the 2024 training.
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An Online Training.
Learn to Teach Mindfulness to Lawyers, Law Students, and Social Justice Advocates
…from anywhere in the world.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

MINDFULNESS FOR THE LEGAL MIND
UNDERSTANDING THE MIND THROUGH THE BODY
UNDERSTANDING THE TRAUMATIZED MIND-BODY
UNDERSTANDING THE REACTIVE MIND-BODY
UNDERSTANDING THINKING AND EMOTION
HINDRANCES ON THE PATH
CULTIVATION: THE SUBLIME QUALITIES OF MIND
CULTIVATION: THE PERFECTIONS OF MIND
CULTIVATION: WISDOM IN ACTION
DECOLONIZING THE MIND: RACISM, XENOPHOBIA, AND THE POWER  MINDFULNESS
DECOLONIZING THE MIND: GENDER BIAS IN A NON-BINARY WORLD
DECOLONIZING THE MIND: MINDFULNESS, THE LAW, AND THE PATRIARCHY
INTER-BEING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY AND HOW TO PRACTICE WITH A BROKEN HEART
THE LAW AS BELOVED COMMUNITY

What You Will Learn

The classical foundations of mindfulness
Why mindfulness is crucial for competence and wellbeing in the profession right now
An eight-limb approach to yoga for lawyers, judges, and law students
How mindfulness and yoga support undoing racism
Why mindfulness is crucial in how legal professionals address climate emergency
The most up-date information about contemplative neuroscience
How to lead mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and other meditation practices
Basic yoga and other movement practices you can offer to sedentary humans
How to talk about mindfulness and yoga with wary (or cynical) lawyers and law students
And much more!

About MLTT

The Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training (“MLTT“) is the only mindfulness teacher training created by and specifically for lawyers. Unlike other trainings that cast a wide net, MLTT is classical mindfulness explicitly designed for the legal mind. Led by Judi Cohen, Alisa Gray, and Gullu Singh, MLTT is comprised of five long weekends plus alternate Sundays of virtual, collaborative, learning, one-on-one mentoring with leaders in the mindfulness in law movement, small group meetings, and individual study and practice.

We’ll admit up to 24 students to MLTT 2020 and possibly fewer, striving for a balance of diverse, committed, legal professionals who have a mindfulness practice and want to:

  • Deepen their practice
  • Cultivate the skills and confidence to teach mindfulness to:
    • Legal and conflict professionals
    • Professionals working in social justice
    • Law students and faculty
  • Become leaders in the mindfulness in law movement

Who Should Apply to MLTT 2022?

One of the strengths of MLTT lies in the diversity and inclusiveness of our community. We extend a warm invitation to everyone to apply, and especially welcome applications from those who identify as members of Black, brown, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander and other/all communities of color; Queer communities; all other communities historically underrepresented in the law or in mindfulness practice and teaching and/or who have been oppressed or feel unseen; and those who intend to offer mindfulness in those communities, in public interest, or in other racial or social justice settings.

Another strength of MLTT is in the flexibility and openness of our curriculum. We welcome applicants from various streams of contemplative practice. Although our training emphasizes the classical teachings of mindfulness, Zen, and yoga, we honor and make space for multidimensional teaching and learning. We are proud to count among our alumni so far, those who are teaching in secular, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Indigenous meditation traditions as well.

Finally, the MLTT community includes a true kaleidoscope of legal professionals. Our alums are lawyers, judges, mediators, law students, law professors, professional development directors, coaches, trainers, and presenters, from North America, South America, and Europe. They work in Big Law and at small- and medium-sized firms, in internationally renowned and local law schools, with bar associations, and in individual and group coaching formats. We welcome all legal professionals who want to deepen their understanding of mindfulness in order to share that understanding with members of the multifaceted U.S. and international legal community.

The Schedule

Intensive #1
Teaching Sessions: March 11-14, 7am-1pm Pacific
Practice Period: March 15-17
Teaching Sessions: March 18-21, 7am-1pm Pacific

Intensive #2
Teaching Sessions: July 22-25, 7am-1pm Pacific

Intensive #3
Teaching Sessions: October 7-10, 7am-1pm Pacific
Practice Period: October 11-13
Teaching Session: October 14-17, 7am-1pm Pacific

Plus…

Two opening meetings
February 13th & 27th, 10am-noon Pacific

Meetings on alternate Sundays
March-October, 10am-noon Pacific

Small Group Meetings
Monthly

One-on-One Mentoring
Monthly or more frequently as determined by students + teachers

What to Expect from MLTT 2022

  • Entrée into an inclusive, growing, community of mindfulness-in-law teachers sprinkled across North America, and South America, and Europe
  • A warm welcome into what will be a diverse and multi-faceted 2022 cohort of students and teachers
  • Access to our core teachers whenever you’d like
  • Your own small group with whom you’ll share learning, practice leading meditations, share and overcome concerns, spark questions, and no doubt remain close with well beyond graduation
  • A solid foundation in classical mindfulness, including history, theory, and practice
  • Careful, joyful, personal, instruction in how to create and lead mindfulness, compassion, lovingkindness, and other types of mindfulness-based meditations
  • One-on-one mentoring from one of the luminaries in the mindfulness-in-law movement, hand-picked for you to support your unique interests
  • Guidance in whatever direction you choose: developing a course; creating a syllabus; pitching a program to a bar association, law school dean, organization, or firm; starting a mindfulness group at your workplace; creating a program for public defenders, DAs, in public interest, or in corporate law – the sky’s the limit and our instructors have done it all or we’ll connect you with someone who has
  • Study with honored teachers who rarely make themselves available to such a small group of students, starting in February of 2022 and continuing throughout MLTT 2022, and beyond in our MLTT Grad Forum

Our Remarkable MLTT 2022 Teachers

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Judi Cohen

Judi is the founder of Warrior One. She leads The Wake Up Call, the teaching cohort of Warrior One's Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training, and Warrior One's Essential Mindfulness for Lawyers online training.

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Alisa Gray

Alisa is an MLTT Lead Teacher and an AV-rated partner at Tiffany & Bosco, P.A. in Phoenix, Arizona, where she practices in the area of probate-related litigation and mediation, representing corporate trustees, professional fiduciaries, and individuals in complicated or contested guardianships, conservatorships, estates, and trusts.

Gullu Singh
Gullu Singh

Gullu is a real estate attorney, dedicated meditation practitioner, and mindfulness teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and InsightLA, with a particular interest in integrating the insights of mindfulness into daily life and work.

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Norman Fischer

Zoketsu is a poet and Zen Buddhist priest who leads the Bay Area Working Group for Law and Meditation, is a senior teacher and former co-abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, and is the founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, which is dedicated to adapting Zen Buddhist teachings to Western culture.

Rhonda Magee
Rhonda Magee

Rhonda is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law and the author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice, as well as a frequent speaker and lecturer on the topic of race, justice, equity, and mindfulness.

James Baraz
James Baraz

James is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and co-authored and teaches the internationally renowned program, Awakening Joy.

Stephanie Lewis
Stephanie Lewis

Stephanie is an employee benefits attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor, a certified coach and mindfulness instructor, and a graduate of MLTT.

Robert Chender
Robert Chender

Robert is a corporate attorney, 40-year meditation teacher in the Shambhala tradition, founder of the mindfulness group sponsored by the Law Society of England and Wales, and founding teacher of MLTT.

Kamini Desai
Kamini Desai

Kamini is the Education Director and Core Curriculum Developer of the Amrit Yoga Institute, a cutting-edge teaching center for advanced studies in eastern philosophy, one of three Founding Directors of the International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, and the author of Life Lessons, Love Lessons and Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep.

Ron Tyler
Ron Tyler

Ron is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Stanford Law School who integrates mindfulness into his clinic teaching and practice, and previously enjoyed a 22-year career as an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California.

Ingrid Benninghoff Prados
Ingrid Benninghoff Prados

Ingrid (MLTT 2020) es abogada colombiana y profesora de Mindfulness para Derecho en Chile. Enseña mindfulness a estudiantes y profesores de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Es la fundadora de meditation.law-Mindfulness para el mundo legal®.

Rudhir Krishtel
Rudhir Krishtel

Rudhir is an executive coach and consultant offering space for difficult conversations and growth at the intersections of leadership, mindfulness, wellbeing and DEI issues, practiced law for 15 years as a federal clerk, patent litigation partner at Fish & Richardson, and senior patent counsel at Apple, and is a graduate of MLTT.

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Sarah McCarthy

Sarah co-founded The Wise Warrior, a well-being program aimed specifically at supporting public defenders though the stressors and secondary trauma of their work, developing self-compassion, and helping them to find balance and equanimity in their lives.

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Emily Doskow

Emily is a family law lawyer in the Bay Area, the author or co-author of numerous books including Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce; Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support, and The Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples, a frequent speaker on LGBTI family issues and on mindfulness and law, and a graduate of MLTT.

Nicolle Kopping Pavars
Nicolle Kopping-Pavars

Nicolle is an attorney in Ontario, Canada and South Africa who practices family law in Ontario and conducts workshops and retreats on mindfulness and emotional intelligence in North America and South Africa, hosts meditation clinics for her legal colleagues in Toronto, and is a graduate of MLTT.

Emily Bruce
Emily Bruce

Emily is the director of equity and inclusion at UC Berkeley School of Law, directs Berkeley Law’s Midweek Mindfulness Program, and is an occasional lecturer at Berkeley Law.

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Michelle Vasquez

Michelle has been a Deputy Public Defender in Santa Clara County for 18 years. As an undergraduate at UCLA Michelle worked for the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, where her efforts focused on desegregating schools in Georgia.

Words From MLTT Alums

“My biggest take away from MLTT 2020 is that things can always get worse, but through our practice we can endure and withstand far more than we think. MLTT 2020 has been a much needed refuge for me through this very difficult period of time. Walking out of Green Gulch two days before the shelter in place order was the greatest blessing. I was in the right frame of mind to take these difficult times in stride, and with joy. The program has given me the confidence to help others do the same. More than anything, I’ve learned that having a sangha (community) makes everything better.“

“I highly recommend MLTT for those who want to teach mindfulness, build their network of mindful lawyers, and bring meditation to more lawyers in their communities and workplaces. The program provides depths of knowledge, incredible resources, an awesome structure, and an incredible atmosphere for personal growth and building community.“

“Just be. Just breathe. Feel the connection. Be in community. It is enough, I am enough. I learned a bunch, have a bunch more to learn, appreciated all the new ideas and concepts and thinking about them – how they worked and might not work for me – and where my resistance…and…strengths might be in all this.“

“The yoga teaching showed me how to move out of my head and into my body. I would not imagine teaching mindfulness to anyone without that learning and I’ll be forever grateful to MLTT for it. After MLTT I have much more access to my own experience…and that is invaluable training. Thank you!”

“This program is an amazing launching pad for a lifetime of mindful, kind and ethical service to your clients, your community, your family, and YOURSELF. It exposes you to the foundations of mindfulness, and to guest teachers who have thought and written about the area. And it introduces you to a group of like-minded lawyers and legal professionals who provide encouragement and support.”

“MLTT 2018 was a turning point for me – not only has the program equipped me with the skills and confidence to teach mindfulness, it has given me an enriched understanding of Buddhist philosophy, human nature, and life itself. I also came away from the program with a cohort of fellow travelers on this path, and I know the friendships that have been formed through this program will continue to encourage and sustain me for years to come.”

Examples of the powerful work our alums are doing…

  • Running a robust mindfulness program at a public defender’s office
  • Teaching the first law school mindfulness course in South America
  • Speaking about mindfulness at bar association meetings for AAPI Bar Associations, Women’s Bar Associations, NBLSA (National Black Law Student Association) and local BLSAs, at family law, sports & entertainment, and other bar association meetings, and in many other venues
  • Developing a national mindfulness-based coaching and training program for corporate and public interest firms and organizations
  • Leading county-wide, weekly meditation sittings for all county employees
  • Offering a mindfulness course for European mediators
  • Providing a 30-minute weekly sit for attorneys at a multi-national law firm
  • Running a mindfulness training course for judges
  • Integrating mindfulness into a family law practice in Canada
  • Holding a regular sitting group for small-firm colleagues
  • Running a coaching and training program for attorneys integrating mindfulness into the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Teaching mindfulness courses at law schools in California, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and other U.S. states as well as in Santiago, Chile
  • Employing mindfulness practices in high-stress interactions with clients
  • …and more

Details

  • Tuition: tuition for MLTT 2022 is $5,950, and includes all instruction, small group facilitation, one-on-one mentoring, support to create programs and courses, and plenty of ongoing love & TLC well beyond graduation.
  • Cohort: we are able to accept up to 16 students into MLTT but may accept fewer depending on various factors, including our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion in the 2022 cohort.
  • Admissions: we review applications and invite students to attend MLTT on a rolling basis. All applications must be complete by January 31st (including receipt of both references).
  • Scholarships: we are happy to offer a limited number of scholarships. Please complete your application, then at the bottom, click through to the scholarship application and complete that as well.

Be the Solution. Be the Change.

Join us for the 2022 Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training

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