Emily Doskow has been practicing family law in the Bay Area since 1989. She specializes in family matters including adoptions, surrogacy agreements, prenuptial agreements, parentage issues, and mediated and collaborative divorce. She is the author or co-author of numerous books published by Nolo, including Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce; Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support, and The Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples, and is a frequent speaker on LGBTI family issues. Emily is a member of the Boards of Directors of Women Lawyers of Alameda County and the Center for Understanding in Conflict. She is a past co-chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she currently sits on the National Family Law Advisory Council.
Emily has been practicing mindfulness meditation for more than 18 years, beginning with ten-day silent retreats at the Northern California Vipassana Center in 1998. She has attended numerous retreats, including training in mindfulness facilitation. In 2016 she completed Warrior One’s Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training with instructors Judi Cohen, Scott Rogers, Robert Chender, A.J. Kutchins, and Alisa Gray. She continues to study regularly with Norman Fischer and Gary Friedman in their Self-Reflection for Conflict Professionals Intensive program, and is currently a student in Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program. Emily is a teacher with Warrior One and the founder and lead teacher at Mindfulness Over Matters.
Emily has taught mindfulness to law students at JFK University Law School, where she will again serve as an adjunct professor in Mindfulness for Law Students in August 2017. She has also taught mindfulness practices to Certified Family Law Specialists in Sacramento and Alameda counties, and to attorneys at the Alameda County Bar Association, the Family Violence Law Center, Continuing Education of the Bar, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.