Michael Zimmerman, currently an appellate lawyer, served as a Justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1984 to 2000, and as Chief Justice from 1994 to 1998. He received his J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1969, graduating first in his class, then clerked for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the U.S. Supreme Court, was a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles for six years, and an Associate Professor of Law at the U of Utah College of Law. Michael has received a number of awards, including Appellate Judge of the Year and Distinguished Service Awards from the Utah State Bar, the Peter W. Billings AAA Outstanding Dispute Resolution Service Award, the inaugural Excellence in Ethics Award from Utah Valley University, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Utah in 2001.
Michael began a meditation practice in 1993, later studied Zen and received dharma transmission in the Soto Zen lineage in 2006 from Dennis Genpo Merzel, Roshi. He was Vice-Abbot and taught at the Kanzeon Zen Center in Salt Lake City under Genpo Roshi until July of 2010. With his wife, Diane Musho Hamilton, Sensei, he founded Two Arrows Zen, which offers retreats in Torrey and daily sitting practice and classes at its center in Salt Lake City. Michael has made a number of presentations to lawyers and judges on meditation, the benefits meditation offers to lawyers, and the science underlying those benefits.