Kathy Abrams

Kathy AbramsKathy Abrams is Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law. Before entering academia, Abrams clerked for Judge Frank M. Johnson of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. She has taught at the law schools at Boston University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Harvard University and Northwestern University. Most recently, she was Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Ethics and Public Life at Cornell University. While at Cornell, she served as Director of the Women's Studies Program, and won several awards for teaching and for service to women. She joined the Boalt faculty in 2001.

Abrams teaches feminist jurisprudence, voting rights and constitutional law. Her scholarship has explored questions of employment discrimination, minority vote dilution, campaign finance, constitutional law, and law and the emotions, but it has focused most centrally on feminist jurisprudence. Within this area, Abrams has written on feminist methodology and epistemology, the jurisprudence of sexual harassment, and cultural and theoretical constructions of women's agency. Abrams' recent publications include "Fighting Fire with Fire: Rethinking the Role of Disgust in Hate Crimes" in the California Law Review (2002), "Subordination and Agency in Sexual Harassment Law" in Directions in Sexual Harassment Law (2003), "Extraordinary Measures: Protesting Rule of Law Violations after Bush v. Gore" in Law & Philosophy (2002), and "The Legal Subject in Exile" in the Duke Law Journal (2001).

Stephanie West Allen

ChermakStephanie West Allen, J.D., is a writer and speaker. She teaches seminars on self-directed neuroplasticity, looking at how and why people can change their brains with their minds. She also teaches the neuroscience of conflict resolution. Mindfulness and self-awareness are key components of all her programs. She has written articles for publications such as The Jury Expert, Lawyer Hiring and Training Report, the ABA's Law Practice, The Complete Lawyer, and TRIAL. Stephanie blogs at idealawg, Brains On Purpose, and Raw Rag.

She has had a contemplative practice since 1983 (with some lapses), first with a Zen practice, then slowly shifting into a more Christian orientation. She is the founder of Colorado Contemplative Lawyers Society, and recently gave the first CLE for the Colorado Bar on contemplative practices for lawyers.

Sujatha Baliga

Sujatha BaligaSujatha Baliga is a Director at Community Justice Works, a program of Community Works West. Her legal career is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime. Baliga has worked with survivors of domestic violence and child sexual abuse as an advocate and board member for rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters. The convergence of Baliga's interest in Tibetan ideals of justice and her work with women accused of killing their abusers drew her to criminal defense and apital appellate representation. She has taught restorative justice at both the college and law school levels, offers lectures and trainings in a number of restorative practices, and has served as a consultant to the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. She is regularly invited to address groups of prisoners and others about her personal experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness.

In 2008, Baliga was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship which she used to implement a restorative justice diversion program in which young people accused of crime, their families, victims, and communities collectively resolve conflicts and root out the causes of youthful offending.

Baliga earned her A.B. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, has held two federal clerkships, and recently served as Northeastern University Law School's Daynard Visiting Public Interest Fellow. Her personal and research interests include victims' voices in restorative processes, the forgiveness of seemingly unforgivable acts, restorative justice's potential impact on disproportionate minority contact, and Tibetan notions of justice.

Daniel Bowling

Daniel BowlingDaniel Bowling is a staff attorney, mediator, and trainer for the ADR Program, US District Court for Northern California. He began mediating in 1986, has taught advanced and public policy mediation at LaTrobe Law School in Melbourne, Australia and Osgoode Hall School of Law, York University in Toronto and negotiation at Howard and Hastings Law Schools, including the first course on advanced negotiation offered at Hastings. He co-edited/co-authored Bringing Peace into the Room (Jossey-Bass, 2003), a book which introduced the concept of the importance of the mediator's personal qualities to resolving conflicts, and co-authored AThe Mediation Process@ in A Litigator's Guide to Effective Use of ADR in California (Cal CEB, 2005).

Mr. Bowling co-founded the first mediation organization in South Carolina and served as its president for many years. He also served as Executive Director of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR), guided its merger with four other dispute resolution organizations that created the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR), and served as ACR's first CEO. He directed the Duke Law School conflict resolution program and the Washington, DC office of Resolve, one of the first environmental, public policy mediation firms.

He practiced law and was Public Defender in Charleston, SC and, during that time, was listed in the National Directory of Criminal Lawyers, as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the United States. He also served on the founding faculty of Antioch Law School, the first law school that emphasized clinical legal education, following his graduation from Harvard Law School. He has practiced yoga and meditation for thirty-four years and currently teaches mindfulness meditation.

Grove Burnett

Grove BurnettGrove Burnett is co-founder and guiding teacher of the Vallecitos Mountain Ranch. He has practiced meditation for over 25 years and trained with internationally renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in an intensive 4-year teacher-mentoring program. In addition to teaching at Vallecitos, Burnett also teaches at the Insight Meditation Society and the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Burnett has taught mindfulness trainings for the Yale Law School, the Contemplative Mind in Society, lawyers and judges, and many nonprofit organizations.

Burnett has had a distinguished career as an environmental lawyer and is co-founder of the Western Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit environmental law firm. He has been named six times to The Best Lawyers in America, which lists the top 1% of the nation's lawyers.

Mirabai Bush

Mirabai BushMirabai Bush is Senior Fellow and the founding Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, whose mission is to encourage contemplative awareness in American life in order to create a more just, compassionate, and reflective society. Under her direction, the Center led a series of contemplative retreats for corporations from Monsanto to Google, conducted a national survey of contemplative practice, established a Contemplative Practice Fellowship awards program with the American Council of Learned Societies, and initiated The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, which now has 550 members. She has been engaged in the Contemplative Law Program since its founding, as strategic planner, facilitator, and teacher. Bush also oversaw a program to bring contemplative practices into social justice organizations and is now engaged with the US Army to restore resiliency through meditative practices to chaplains and medics.

Bush formerly directed the Seva Foundation Guatemala Project, which supports sustainable agriculture and integrated community development. She co-developed Sustaining Compassion, Sustaining the Earth, a series of retreats and events for grassroots environmental activists on the interconnection of spirit and action. She is co-author, with Ram Dass, of Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service. She also taught English at SUNY Buffalo and co-founded and directed Illuminations, Inc., in Cambridge, MA. Her innovative business approaches, based on mindfulness practice, were reported in Newsweek, Inc., Fortune, and the Boston Business Journal.

Her contemplative studies include meditation at the Burmese Vihara in Bodh Gaya, India, with Shri S.N. Goenka and Anagarika Munindra; bhakti yoga with Hindu teacher Neemkaroli Baba; aikido with Kanai Sensei; and studies with Tibetan lamas Kalu Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Kyabje Gehlek Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and others.

Deborah J. Cantrell

CantrellDeborah Cantrell joined Colorado Law School in June 2007 as an associate professor and Director of Clinical Education. Her scholarship focuses on legal ethics, lawyers and social change, and law and religion.

Prior to joining Colorado Law, Cantrell taught for six years at Yale Law School, co-supervising a legal ethics clinic in which her students assisted in prosecuting attorneys who had violated the rules of professional conduct. Before entering the legal academy, Cantrell worked as a legal aid lawyer as well as worked in private practice. She has maintained a Buddhist practice for the last twenty years. In addition to her law degree, Cantrell holds a masters degree in developmental psychology.

Robert Chender

Robert ChenderRobert Chender is director and founder of the New York City Bar Association Contemplative Lawyers Group, which meets monthly and offers talks by practicing attorneys who are also meditation teachers on different aspects of the relationship between meditation and law practice. A student of the late Chögyam Trungpa, he has been teaching mindfulness meditation and buddhism for over 30 years. Chender is currently a senior meditation teacher both at the New York Shambhala Center, where he was formerly chair of the board, and at The Interdependence Project, where he sits on the board.

In 2009, Chender taught a full-day retreat for New York CLE credit entitled "Becoming a More Effective Lawyer: Mindfulness Meditation Practice and Law Practice," and has co-taught the Vermont Bar Association's annual meditation retreat for the past two years. He also speaks to businesses and lawyers about how mindfulness practice can improve workplace efficiency and morale. He blogs at Contemplative Law as well as occasionally at The Interdependence Project. Chender is counsel at Seward & Kissel in New York City in their investment management group, and is a graduate of Vassar College and the NYU School of Law.

Douglas Chermak

ChermakDoug Chermak lives in Oakland, California, and is the Law Program Director for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Managing the Law Program since 2004, he has organized and helped lead annual multi-day residential meditation retreats for legal professionals (for Continuing Legal Education credit), as well as numerous shorter programs. His work with the Center serves to support the integration of meditation and contemplative practices with individuals and institutions within the legal profession. Chermak has practiced yoga and meditation for ten years, and actively explores a variety of other contemplative practices.

Chermak practices public interest environmental law as Of Counsel with Lozeau Drury LLP in Oakland, California. His work is primarily focused on citizen enforcement of the Clean Water Act. He also spends time developing and leadings anti-oppression programs with the National Lawyers' Guild. Chermak previously worked on a capital case with the Contra Costa Public Defender's office and practiced plaintiff's side civil rights and employment law with the Law Offices of Michael Sorgen in San Francisco. He received a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2004 and a B.S. (Chemistry) from the University of Florida in 2001.

Douglas A. Codiga

Douglas A. CodigaDouglas A. Codiga is an attorney in private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii who regularly advises clients in a wide range of environmental matters, with an emphasis on emerging climate change and clean energy law and policy. Codiga frequently publishes and lectures on environmental and energy law and policy in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific region, is an affiliate of the U.S. Sea Grant Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy, and has lectured at the University of Hawaii law school on environmental law since 1996.

Codiga is the former Director of the Law Program of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. He attended the first-ever Contemplative Law Retreat in October 1998 while enrolled in the Yale Law School LL.M. program, and was extensively involved in the program's early formative years. His 2002 essay, "Reflections on the Potential Growth of Mindfulness Meditation in the Law," was published by the Harvard Negotiation Law Review in conjunction with a panel presentation at Harvard Law School. Codiga helped organize the first major gathering of leaders in law and meditation in 2003, and since then has attended law retreats and led meditation programs at Honolulu law firms and the University of Hawaii law school.

Codiga has practiced Zen Buddhist meditation with Robert Aitken Roshi and the Diamond Sangha since 1986. He completed lay ordination in 1989 and since then has regularly co-led intensive retreats, given dharma talks, and taught meditation to newcomers and at local correctional facilities. After traveling widely throughout Asia, Codiga received an East-West Center Fellowship and obtained an M.A. degree in Asian Religions in 1991, and his J.D. degree in 1994, from the University of Hawaii.

Judi Cohen

Judi CohenJudi Cohen is an attorney with MBV Law LLP in San Francisco, a law professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, and the founder of Warrior One, a company whose mission is to ignite transformation in the law by helping to create a world in which lawyers are true Warriors: passionate advocates grounded by wisdom and compassion. Her law clients are real estate developers, owners and other individuals and entities involved in real estate transactional work of all kinds. Her Warrior One clients are lawyers and law firms developing awareness and vision so that they can be both brilliant and visionary; eloquent and deeply attentive; focused and wide-open-minded; fierce and devoted to peace.

Cohen also teaches Warrior skills to her law students in Contemplative Lawyering, where students learn to cultivate awareness practices and the ability to envision what being of service in the law means today. She is a member of the Lawyer's Group for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society where she is a student of Zoketsu Norman Fischer, and she speaks and writes about the intersection of contemplative and visionary practices and the law.

Margaret Cullen

Margaret CullenMargaret Cullen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, having trained extensively with Jon Kabat-Zinn. She has also trained with Zindel Segal in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and in MB Eat with Jean Kristeller. For sixteen years Cullen has been teaching and pioneering mindfulness programs in a variety of settings including cancer support, HIV support, physician groups, executive groups, teachers and Kaiser patients. She collaborated on teaching and writing curricula for several research programs at UCSF including "Cultivating Emotional Balance" designed for teachers and "Craving and Lifestyle Management with Meditation" for overweight women. In 2008 Cullen launched a mindfulness-based emotional balance program (SMART) for teachers and school administrators in Denver, Boulder, Ann Arbor and Vancouver, B.C. She has collaborated on the revision of mindfulness curricula for Kaiser, northern California, and for the Center for Compassion at Stanford and spoken publicly on these and related topics, including forgiveness and conflict resolution. She has also been a facilitator of support groups for cancer patients and their loved ones for twenty years at The Wellness Community. A meditation practitioner for thirty years, she is a frequent contributor to "Inquiring Mind."

Zachary Duffly

Zachary DufflyZachary Duffly came to Berkeley Law in 2008 to pursue a career in public interest law after working for years as a grassroots advocate for social justice. Zack's legal interests center on the intersection of drug policy, disability rights, and discrimination law, and he has worked as a law clerk at Disability Rights Advocates and the Drug Policy Alliance Office of Legal Affairs.

Prior to law school, Duffly worked at the Berkeley Free Clinic as a healthcare provider, counselor, and coordinator; organized with the New York City Grassroots Media Coalition; waited tables at two of the nation's top restaurants (Chez Panisse and Gramercy Tavern); and traveled to rural Brazil to study the Pontos de Cultura program implemented there by Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil. Since arriving at Berkeley Law, Duffly has been fortunate enough to volunteer with the Workers' Rights Clinic, East Bay Community Law Center (Income Support Unit), and Berkeley Law Foundation. Duffly began exploring mindfulness practices while living in Thailand before college and returned to meditation after a long hiatus when graduate school and parenthood collided his 1L year. He aspires to use mindfulness as a way of exploring the relationship between, law, love, advocacy and justice.

Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Zoketsu Norman FischerZoketsu Norman Fischer is a poet, priest, and a former abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. He is founder and teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation ( dedicated to sharing Zen teaching and practice widely with the world. His latest book is Sailing Home: Using the Wisdom of Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls. He has also written Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Growing Up and his latest volume of poetry is I Was Blown Back.

Norman is interested in the application of Zen to issues of Western culture and everyday. He teaches Buddhist principles to business people, Buddhist compassion-in-action to lawyers and conflict resolvers. He's led workshops at Esalen Institute in California, the Open Center in New York City, and Hollyhock Farm, in British Columbia, as well as at Zen Center, and teaches Zen regularly at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. He's participated with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in conferences on Buddhist Christian dialog and non-violence.

Norman went to college in upstate New York and graduate school at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (MFA) and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he received an M.A. in the history and phenomenology of religion. He was a Danforth scholar and a Woodrow Wilson scholar.

Mary Louise Frampton

FriedmanMary Louise Frampton, faculty director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, has a long record of involvement in social justice issues. She recently retired from a Central Valley civil rights practice that focused on issues of discrimination in employment. Prior to the establishment of that firm in 1974, Frampton was the directing attorney of the Madera office of California Rural Legal Services. She was on the first board of directors of the California Women Lawyers Association, was the founder of the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and helped establish the first local chapter of the federal Inns of Court.

Frampton has been involved in a number of important social justice causes over the course of her career. In the 1970s she was instrumental in establishing National Land for People, an organization of small farmers and farm workers. As the group's lawyer, she won a series of landmark federal cases that forced the federal government and large agribusiness corporations to comply with the 160 acre limitation law and end the diversion of federally subsidized water away from small family farmers. Such victories enabled small farmers and farm workers to purchase desirable agricultural land and become economically independent. Frampton authored an article on that legal struggle for the UC Davis Law Review.

Frampton has represented several community coalitions, including a group of Latino, African-American and women's groups that increased diversity in hiring and programming in network and local television stations. The second-largest school district in the state was the target of several of Frampton's Title VII cases to enhance promotional opportunities for African-American educators. In the 1980s she obtained the largest economic damages figure in an employment case awarded by the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, and in the early 1990s she won the biggest verdict in a sex discrimination action in the Central Valley. She also represented women in their efforts to compel enforcement of Title IX at state universities and obtain slander damages against a prominent radio personality for his homophobic and misogynist attacks on women athletes. On appointment by the federal court in Sacramento, Frampton continues to represent two death row inmates in their federal habeas corpus actions.

In 2003 Frampton was named a National Bellow Scholar by the Public Interest Committee of the American Association of Law Schools. The award honors projects that involve law students and faculty in anti-poverty or access to justice work.

Clark Freshman

Clark Freshman Clark Freshman was educated at Harvard (B.A), University College, Oxford (M.A. and Marshall Scholar), and Stanford Law School (J.D). He is professor of law and faculty at the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, at University of California, Hastings College of Law (University of California). He is also exclusive trainer for negotiators and lawyers for Paul Ekman, the inspiration for Lie to Me and its scientific advisor. He has been an invited speaker on negotiation at many schools, including Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Yale Law School, and Columbia Business School.

His work has appeared in law reviews at Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, and elsewhere. His articles on negotiation have been reproduced in three major textbooks on negotiation. Based on work with Paul Ekman, he trains lawyers and negotiators in emotional awareness and lie detection. He has delivered speeches and workshops to Clarium Capital, the hedge fund, Vector Capital, the private equity group, Homeland Security, the National Association of Bar Counsel (the disciplinary and ethics regulators for lawyers), San Francisco Public Defender Office, California Public Utilities Commission, General Electric Natural Gas in Florence, Italy, and others. He also conducts research on emotional truthfulness, lie detection and negotiation with Mike Wheeler, the Harvard Business School Professor and editor of Negotiation Journal. Publications, workshop opportunities, and his blog are available at National media, including Public Broadcasting Television's McNeil-Lehrer report and the Miami Herald have reported his views on settlements of major tobacco litigation.

Gary J. Friedman

FriedmanGary Friedman is the co-founder and director of The Center for Mediation in Law in Mill Valley, California. He has practiced law since 1970, serving, since 1976, primarily as a mediator of commercial and family disputes with Mediation Law Offices in Mill Valley. He has conducted introductory, intermediate and advanced training programs in mediation and mediative approaches to the practice of law throughout the United States since 1979, and in Europe since 1989.

Author of numerous publications on mediation, including A Guide to Divorce Mediation, Professor Friedman has taught negotiation and mediation at various law schools and continuing legal education programs throughout the United States including, more recently, through the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation and through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. He is the co-author of the recently published book entitled Challenging Conflict: Mediation through Understanding.

Peter Gabel

GabelPeter Gabel taught law at Boalt Law School, the University of Minnesota, and the City University of New York before becoming a law professor for 30 years at the New College of California's public-interest law school. He also served as New College's president for 20 years, and for the last 25 years has been Associate Editor of Tikkun magazine, a bimonthly Jewish critique of politics, culture, and society.

A co-founder of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, Peter was instrumental in creating the Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law, and Politics, a nationwide group that seeks to bring together law teachers, lawyers, and law students who seek to connect the inner and the outer in a fundamental transformation of legal culture. He is the author of many articles on law, culture, and social change, and the book The Bank Teller and Other Essays on the Politics of Meaning (Acada Books 2000).

Judge Alan S. Gold

GoldJudge Alan Gold is a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida. He has served on the Federal Bench for thirteen years. Prior to his appointment by President Clinton, he served as a state circuit judge and was a principal shareholder in the Greenberg, Taurig law firm for seventeen years where he practiced in the areas of environmental law and litigation. He has worked with Scott Rogers and the Institute for Mindfulness Studies to teach mindfulness practice at the Florida Bar's Annual Meeting and to help mentor University of Miami law students. He is dedicated to furthering the goal of "the mindful judge."

Victor Goode

Victor GoodeVictor Goode earned a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School. His civil rights practice prior to becoming a teacher included the areas of affirmative action, housing discrimination and criminal justice. Before joining the Law School faculty, he served as both the Associate and Executive Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers where he founded the Affirmative Action Coordinating Center, worked as part of the legal team that filed amicus briefs in three landmark affirmative action cases (Bakke, Weber, and Fullilove) and more recently the Grutter case. He has served continuously at the CUNY School of Law since 1983 as one of its founding faculty members as a professor and for five years as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He has taught in the Urban Legal Studies Program at the City College of New York and as Visiting Clinical Professor at Columbia University Law School where he taught in the Fair Housing Clinic.

He has lectured widely on teaching professional skills and values, and has given Congressional testimony on police misconduct and racially-motivated violence. His many organizational affiliations have included the Society of American Law Teachers, the Northeast Regional BLSA Job Fair, New York City Open Housing Center and the Applied Research Center. He teaches a variety of first-year courses and was the co-creator of the course "Contemplative Practice and Social Justice Lawyering."

Philippe Goldin

Philippe GoldinPhilippe Goldin, Ph. D. Philippe completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, Clinical Psychology Internship at the UC San Diego / San Diego VA consortium, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. His clinical research focuses on (a) functional neuroimaging investigations of cognitive affective mechanisms in both healthy adults and in individuals with various forms of psychopathology, (b) the effect of mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy on neural substrates of emotional reactivity, emotion regulation, and attention regulation, and (c) the effect of child-parent mindfulness meditation training on anxiety, compassion, and quality of family interactions.

Melosa Granda


Melosa Granda is a third year student at Golden Gate University School of Law, pursuing a career in environmental law. Her initial exposure to meditation was through her mother, who had her meditate as a child. She didn't actually embrace a meditation practice until 2006 (at 26 years old), when she attended Jon Kabat-Zinn's eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (a birthday present from her mother). She has attended day-long retreats, and a six day residential retreat at Spirit Rock, in Woodacre, California.

In her busy law school life, she carves out a sitting time every morning. She absolutely loves yoga, hiking, camping, gardening, eating, and dancing.

Charles Halpern (Conference Chair)

HalpernCharles Halpern is a public interest entrepreneur, an innovator in professional education, and a pioneer in the public interest law movement. His book, Making Waves and Riding the Currents: Activism and the Practice of Wisdom, was released in 2008. He was the Founding Dean of the City University of New York Law School. Previously, he was a Professor at Stanford and Georgetown Law Schools, and a Senior Fellow at Yale Law School. He was the co-founder of the Center for Law and Social Policy, the Mental Health Law Project, and the Council for Public Interest Law (now the Alliance for Justice). From 1989-2000, he served as the founding President of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, a $400 million grant-making foundation in New York City.

Halpern has practiced meditation for 25 years and has co-led meditation workshops for judges and lawyers. He is a co-founder and former board chair of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. He teaches a course, Effective and Sustainable Law Practice: The Meditative Perspective, at UC Berkeley School of Law, where he is Scholar-in-Residence and Lecturer.

Angela P. Harris

ChermakAngela Harris is currently a visiting professor at the University at Buffalo Law School and Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy Distinguished Scholar for the 2009-10 academic year. A legal scholar in the fields of critical race theory, feminist legal scholarship, and criminal law, Harris is a professor of law and Executive Committee Member for the Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law School at the University of California.

She received her J.D. (1986) and M.A. (1983) from the University of Chicago and B.A. from the University of Michigan (1981).

Her publications include Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America (with Juan Perea, Richard Delgado and Stephanie Wildman) (West Group Publishing (2000)) and Gender and Law: Theory, Doctrine, Commentary (with Katherine Bartlett) (Aspen Law & Business (1998)). She is the co-author, with Margaretta Lin and Jeff Selbin, From 'The Art of War' to 'Being Peace': Mindfulness and Community Lawyering in a Neoliberal Age, published in the University of California Law Review in 2007

Professor Harris has served as a law clerk to Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and as an attorney in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster. She was a visiting professor at Stanford Law School (1991), Yale Law School (1997) and Georgetown Law Center (2000).

In 2003 Professor Harris received Berkeley Law School's Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction, an annual award that honors a Boalt Hall professor who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching. She also received the 2003 Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award, an annual prize that recognizes Bay Area law school professors for their commitment to academic diversity and for mentoring the next generation of lawyers.

Vanessa Holguin

Vanessa HolguinVanessa Holguin is a third-year law student at Berkeley Law. She attended middle school and high school in her parents' home country, the Dominican Republic. She enrolled in law school with the goal of developing the practical skills and knowledge necessary for promoting a more socially just world. During her first year at Berkeley Law, she founded and now leads the Berkeley Society for Law and Public Policy (BSLPP).

After taking Charlie Halpern's course on meditation and the law, Holguin has become particularly interested in the area of mindfulness as it relates to policy-making. She is now writing a paper on the ways in which mindfulness could positively transform the polarized and ideological approach to current policy-making. In addition, she is interested in researching the ways in which teaching mindfulness in public schools could help further equal protection rights. When Holguin is done with law school, she plans to return to her home in Portland where she frequently enjoys awe-inspiring views.

Katherine Hayes

Katherine HayesKatherine Hayes is a third year law student at Northwestern University Law School. Katherine is the Managing Editor of the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, a writer and fellow for Ms. JD, and a certified mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago. She is currently taking Leonard Riskin's Conflict Management in Legal Practice course which examines the use of meditation and mindfulness practices as applied to negotiation theory and practice.

Katherine's legal interests include alternative dispute resolution, antitrust, and intellectual property. Katherine is interested in the use of mindfulness as a tool for mediators, for party empowerment in negotiation, and for litigators during trial. After graduation, Katherine will be joining the law firm of Latham & Watkins in San Francisco.

Peter H. Huang

Peter H. Huang

Peter Huang is currently the inaugural Harold E. Kohn Chair Professor of Law at Temple University Law School. In 2005-06, he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Social Science during its psychology and economics theme year. His research interests include (behavioral) law & economics; law, emotions, & neuroscience; law, happiness & subjective well-being; legal real options; mindfulness & law; and securities enforcement, litigation, and regulation. He received his A.B. from Princeton University, S.M. and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard University; and J.D. from Stanford University. He has taught in various economics departments, including Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Southern California, and the finance department of Tulane University's business school. He has taught law school classes at University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, and Yale University.

Professor Huang practices qi gong regularly and remembers fondly observing his grandmother's daily Buddhist meditative practice. He has two forthcoming articles: 1) Happiness Studies and Legal Policy, 6 Ann. Rev. L & Soc. Sci. (2010); 2) Happiness in Business or Law, 12 Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L. (2011). He also co-authored with Jeremy A. Blumenthal, Positive Parentalism, Nat'l L.J., Jan. 26, 2009.

Harvey Hyman

Harvey HymanHarvey Hyman practiced personal injury law for 25 years, 23 of them in California. The second half of his career he focused on traumatic brain injury cases, and learned a great deal about neuroscience. In the summer of 2007 he underwent an episode of severe depression. During his recovery Hyman became a student of stress and discovered that learning about Tibetan Buddhism, practicing daily meditation, and exercising 6 days a week, helped him overcome his depression. He decided to write a book for lawyers helping them understand stress and learn techniques (including meditation) to prevent destructive anger, incivility, social isolation, depression, substance abuse, and the chronic physical illnesses they cause.

After two years of research he published his book in April 2010 under the title The Upward Spiral: Getting Lawyers From Daily Misery To Lifetime Wellbeing. Hyman posts daily blog articles on lawyers' mental health at The articles on his blog utilize cutting edge neuroscience, Buddhist teachings, and experiences from 25 years of law practice. Hyman has downloadable MCLE classes for credit on alcoholism, depression, anger management, ethics, and elimination of bias for purchase on his website at He is currently developing a curriculum to teach meditation, mindfulness, stress reduction, and prevention of substance abuse, at Bay Area law schools.

Patton Hyman

Patton HymanPatton Hyman is President and Development Director of Tail of the Tiger, Inc. He serves on the executive committee of Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center and on the council (board) of Karmê Chöling. Hyman has taught meditation, including teacher trainings, for over 25 years, and served as Resident Director (Atlanta) of Shambhala Training, a nonsectarian meditation program, for nine years. He is the author of "The Mindful Lawyer: Mindfulness Meditation and Law Practice," 33 Vermont Bar Journal 40 (Summer 2007), a copy of which is available at the Tail of the Tiger website. He has led or co-led a number of professionally-oriented Tail of the Tiger mindfulness meditation programs accredited for continuing education for lawyers, judges, psychotherapists, nurses, palliative caregivers and others, as well as introductory sessions co-sponsored by the local chamber of commerce.

Hyman is a practicing attorney, having practiced in an Atlanta firm and as a solo practitioner in northern Vermont, where he now specializes in estate planning and property and business transactions. He is a member of the Vermont and Georgia bars. Before moving to Vermont, he was a member of the firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, LLP (Atlanta), where he practiced for 28 years.

Tim Iglesias

Tim IglesiasTim Iglesias is a Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law. Professor Iglesias was raised Roman Catholic and engaged deeply with spiritual practice as a child. After a year of college, he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuit order) and followed that path for 13 privileged years before he left it and, after some floundering, decided to become a lawyer. In recent years he has engaged in an eclectic mix of contemplative and meditative practices from East and West. After receiving his JD from Stanford in 1993, he clerked for a federal district court judge. From 1994 – 2000, he helped non-profit developers obtain local land use and funding approvals for affordable housing developments in the face of community opposition. Then he turned to teaching law.

Professor Iglesias teaches Property Law, Land Use Law, Local Government Law, Community Property, a seminar in Housing Discrimination, and most recently co-taught a new course in Contemplative Lawyering. He writes in the areas of housing law (with a focus on affordable housing), housing discrimination, and land use law. He is the author of The Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development (American Bar Association, 2005) and several articles on affordable housing and fair housing law, including "Our Pluralist Housing Ethics and the Struggle for Affordability" (Wake Forest Law Review, 2007) and "Clarifying the Federal Housing Act's Exemption for Reasonable Occupancy Restrictions" (Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2004).

Nandini Iyer

Nandini IyerNandini Iyer recently graduated from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law. She began a formal meditation practice when she was seven years old with a group of other children in her childhood home in India. However, it was not until she got to high school that meditative practices came to the forefront of her life. Her relationship with meditation as a spiritual practice as well as a pragmatic aspect of life was strengthened recently, during her tenure as a law student, inspired in large part by the support of the community of meditators at Boalt Hall.

Iyer has maintained an interest in the study of mysticism, psychology and the philosophy of mind and consciousness, and would have been a studying for her PhD in philosophy and psychology had she not abruptly decided to go to law school.

Her professional interests in law are in the fields of litigation, international arbitration, and other issues relating to transnational law, as well as issues relating to law, morality, and psychology. During law school, Iyer worked on research in the areas of international criminal law and human rights law, and was part of a restorative justice initiative partnering with local public schools.

Iyer perseveres to find time to write poems and stories, dance, hike, and in general, to forge a healthy balance between activities engaging the heart, intellect, spirit, and body.

Carolyn Jacobs

Carolyn Jacobs Dr. Carolyn Jacobs is the Dean and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor and the Director of the Contemplative Clinical Practice Advanced Certificate Program at Smith College School for Social Work. She has taught primarily within the research and practice sequences. Her areas of professional interest include religion and spirituality in social work clinical practice and organizational behavior. She has written and presented extensively on the topic of spirituality in social work. In 2001 she was elected to the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished social work practitioner.

Dr. Jacobs received her B.A. from Sacramento State University, her M.S.W. from San Diego State University, her doctorate from the Heller School of Brandeis University, and her training as a spiritual director from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She maintains a spiritual direction practice. Dr. Jacobs is Chair of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Donn Kessler

Donn KesslerDonn Kessler is a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals. Kessler received his BA with honors from the University of Virginia (1972) and his JD from Yale Law School (1975). After law school, Kessler served as a deputy attorney general for the State of Hawai'i representing the University of Hawai'i and the lieutenant governor from 1975 through 1977. He moved back to Virginia in 1978 where he served as an assistant state attorney general and then went into private practice in a small firm in Richmond, Virginia. In 1982, he moved to Arizona where he was an associate and then a partner in a large law firm and then a small boutique appellate firm. The Arizona Supreme Court appointed him to chair two working groups to establish an appellate mediation program for the Arizona Court of Appeals and to make recommendations to overhaul Arizona's appellate rules. In 2000, Kessler left private practice and became a staff attorney for the Arizona Supreme Court. In 2003, then-Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Kessler to the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Kessler is a co-author of books on health care professional liability and practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is married to Dr. Marilyn S. Mitchell, a noted clinical psychologist. He has a stepson, Jeffrey Lipschultz, who is a rabbi in a small town in New Jersey and a grandson, Ari. Kessler has been practicing tai chi and meditation since approximately 2000 and has been practicing yoga for approximately two years.

Jack Kornfield

KornfieldJack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He began his training after graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967. Then he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to the Public Health Service in northeast Thailand, which is home to several of the world's oldest Buddhist forest monasteries. He met and studied under the Buddhist master Ven. Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. After returning to the United States, Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. He is also a founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California, where he currently lives and teaches. Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings with the Dalai Lama and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a husband, father and an activist.

His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies. They include, A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; Teachings of the Buddha; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom; Living Dharma; A Still Forest Pool; Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart; Buddha's Little Instruction Book; The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace and his most recent book, A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology.

Tamara Kuennen

Tamara Kuennen Tamara Kuennen is an Associate Professor of Law in the Civil Litigation Clinic at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she supervises students who represent victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in obtaining civil protection orders, low-income tenants in defending against evictions; and immigrant day laborers who are unpaid for their work. Her scholarship focuses on how the law could more adequately meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence.

Before joining the faculty at DU Kuennen taught for two years in the Domestic Violence Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned her LL.M. degree in trial advocacy in 2004. Prior to teaching, Kuennen practiced at Legal Aid Services of Oregon for five years, representing victims of domestic violence in a variety of civil cases, including protection orders, domestic relations, public benefits and civil rights litigation. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1996.

Ran Kuttner

KuttnerRan Kuttner is an Assistant Professor at the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Creighton University School of Law. He completed his Ph.D. at the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He received his MA in philosophy of education and BA in philosophy, both cum laude, from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Prior to Creighton, Kuttner was a Visiting Researcher and Associate at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where, among other research projects, he helped redesign and teach the Harvard mediation course, a joint course for law and MBA students, and hosted a symposium on Buddhism and Dialogue at Harvard Law School, which brought together leading Buddhist teachers and ADR scholars.

In his research and teaching, Kuttner explores relational aspects of conflict engagement and offers a framework for understanding and cultivating dialogue in negotiations, mediations and group processes using Buddhist philosophy, psychology and practice.

Kuttner is a mediator and highly regarded mediation teacher and trainer in Israel, where he also designed a mediation certification program and has taught numerous mediation courses for Israeli educators, companies and general public, as well as in graduate-level academic programs.

Amanda Leipold

Amanda Leipold

Amanda Leipold is a second year law student at the University of Miami. She is pursuing a duel Master of Public Health degree and she is interested in international health policy.

Leipold has been practicing Sudarshan Kriya meditation for the past 3 years. After taking the Jurisight Mindfulness Workshop with Scott Rogers at UM Law she worked with 3 other students to start a mindfulness student organization on her campus called The Insightful Mind Initiative. She is enthusiastic about the integration of mediation into the practice of law and hopes to connect with other students across the country who are incorporating mindfulness practices into their law school experience.

David Lerman

David LermanDavid Lerman has been an Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County since 1988. He received his JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School and Master of Science in Industrial Relations from the UW Institute of Industrial Relations in 1984. He has earned additional certificates from the Community Justice Institute, Florida Atlantic University, as a Restorative Justice Trainer; and Harvard University's Program of Instruction for Lawyers in mediation. Lerman has also practiced law in Israel.

Lerman is now one of two Milwaukee prosecutors who serve as Community Restorative Practice Coordinators for Milwaukee Public Schools. As the Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office from May 2000 – March 2008, he was responsible for overseeing development of Milwaukee's Community Conferencing Program and Community. He has presented workshops on Restorative Justice from a prosecutor's perspective for various types of audiences throughout the United States and has conducted trainings for the Israeli Ministry of Justice. He has conducted trainings and workshops on the use of circles for various audiences. He has published articles on general Restorative Justice issues as well as the nexus between Jewish Law and Restorative Justice. He has created and delivered a curriculum on Restorative Justice for the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Criminal Justice Program.

Lerman lives in Milwaukee with his wife Sharon, who uses circles to help businesses develop healthier working environments. They are the proud parents of three politically aware and active daughters.

Margaretta Lin

Margaretta LinMargaretta Lin currently serves as the deputy city administrator for the City of Oakland. She has been engaged in educational and economic justice work, primarily in Oakland, California, for the past eighteen years. She has also worked as the director of the Community Economic Justice practice at the East Bay Community Law Center, providing legal and advocacy services to community change and organizing coalitions and training law students; the director of Youth Together, a multiracial youth organizing and violence prevention organization in the East Bay; an educational equity specialist with the federal desegregation assistance center at the Art, Research and Curriculum Associates; and a staff attorney at Public Advocates, working on educational equity impact litigation.

Margaretta has been working to integrate the principles of mindfulness into her community change and work practices. She is the co-author with Angela Harris and Jeff Selbin of From the Art of War to Being Peace, Mindfulness and Community Lawyering in the Neoliberal Age. This article led to an invitation to join Thich Nhat Hanh's delegation to the United Nations Conference on Engaged Buddhism in Hanoi, Vietnam, where she presented on her experiences with social justice work and mindfulness. The experiences in Hanoi inspired Margaretta to work with colleagues to institute weekly meditations at the East Bay Community Law Center, and now in Oakland City Hall.

Margaretta graduated in 1991 with a J.D. and a Masters in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley. She clerked for a federal appellate judge after graduation.

Rhonda V. Magee

MageeRhonda Magee teaches and writes about law and legal education with a focus on a contemplative approach to pedagogy and practice. She is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches or has taught Torts; Insurance Law and Policy; Immigration Law and Policy; Racism and Justice in American Legal History; and Contemporary Issues in Race and Law and Evolving Notions of (In)equality; and Contemplative Lawyering. She earned her B.A., M.A. and J.D. degrees at the University of Virginia, and practiced as a civil litigator in San Francisco prior to entering academia. Her articles and essays have appeared in journals such as the Law Reviews of the University of Virginia, University of Alabama, Temple Law School, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and the website of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, and some of these may be viewed on her social science research network author page.

Born in North Carolina and raised in a fundamentalist Christian tradition, Magee migrated to Northern California following law school, and now makes her home in San Francisco. She pursues an open, ecumenical exploration of the spiritual nature of human existence, from an inclusive, spiritual-humanist perspective, guided by such examples of revolutionary love as the Buddha, Rumi, Jesus Christ, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a long-time practitioner of a variety of contemplative practices, including centering prayer, mindfulness and insight meditation, and contemplative writing and dialogue, supported by engagement in personal depth psychology in both one-on-one and group settings. She is trained in the interpersonal dynamics of group dialogue through a sensitivity training ("T-group") supported by Stanford University's Group Facilitator Training Program. She has been associated with the Project for the Integration of Spirituality Law and Politics, and is a member of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

Magee is committed to the development of contemplative pedagogy, and to teaching and writing about contemplative ways of understanding, relating, and practicing law. Building on the insight that contemplation is essential to experiencing love-in-action through our work and relationships in the world, she aspires toward reforms in legal education, law practice and law, guided by the compassionate heart of contemplative practice.

Liz Maillett

Liz MaillettLiz Maillett is a Boston-area attorney and educator who has been engaged in the practice of law since 1987, and in the practice of mindfulness meditation since 1998.

Maillett is the founder of Still Sense which offers training in mindfulness for law firms, businesses, nonprofits, courts and schools. Maillett's experience in mindfulness includes professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Stress Reduction Clinic at the Center for Mindfulness was founded in 1979 by well-known author Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn to help patients heal through an eight-week program of mindfulness meditation and experiential learning. The training opportunities offered by Still Sense are based on the MBSR model.

As a business and employment lawyer for 23 years, Maillett has practiced law in a variety of settings from large city law firm, to solo practice, to in-house counsel for a growing business, with significant dispute resolution, transactional and litigation experience. Currently, Maillett is also teaching mindfulness at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, one of the largest health benefit companies in New England.

Cáitrín McKiernan

Cáitrín McKiernanCáitrín McKiernan, a third-year student at Berkeley Law, is interested in exploring how mindfulness can be integrated into the practice of litigation and international negotiation. Her work in law school focuses on international law, specifically the human rights impacts of climate change and climate change policies.

Before law school, McKiernan led a two-year pilot project in Beijing, China to use the ideas of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a springboard for dialogue between Americans and Chinese. The project culminated in a a theatrical production about Dr. King's life with the National Theatre of China. Previously, McKiernan conducted oral histories on a Fulbright in the Chinese countryside and studied Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan. She speaks fluent Chinese and graduated from Stanford with a degree in Chinese History. Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, Cáitrín enjoys hiking in the Los Padres National Forest.

Karen Musalo

Karen MusaloKaren Musalo is a Clinical Professor of Law, and director of the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, as well as the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has been a pioneer on issues of refugee rights, litigating landmark cases which have resulted in protection for victims of human rights violations. In the 1980's she developed successful arguments for the extension of refugee protection to conscientious objectors from the civil wars in Central America who did not want to bear arms against their fellow citizens. In the 1990's she began to advocate for women fleeing persecution from practices such as female genital cutting and sexual slavery. Most recently her work has focused on addressing the root causes of refugee flows, and she has been involved in human rights fact-finding in Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador and Haiti.

In addition to her advocacy and teaching, Musalo has written numerous articles which address the issues about which she cares most deeply – religious freedom and its corollary right of conscientious objection, women's rights, and the obligation of countries to provide refugee protection to those fleeing persecution. Although her legal work brings her into contact with much suffering, she finds deep satisfaction in being able to assist those in need, and to mentor young law students who are drawn to do the same.

Musalo has received numerous recognitions for her work over the years, including the 2010 California Lawyer of the Year Award, the 2009 Daily Journal's Top 100 Lawyers, the American Immigration Lawyers Association's 2004 Human Rights Award, and the American Lawyer's award as one of the 45 leading public interest lawyers.


Wes Nisker

Wes 'Scoop' Nisker is a teacher of Buddhist meditation, an author, radio commentator, and performer. His books include the bestselling classic Essential Crazy Wisdom; The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom; Buddha's Nature; and his latest, Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! Wes is also the founder and co-editor of the international Buddhist journal "Inquiring Mind." He is an affiliate teacher at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and does regular workshops at Esalen Institute and other venues. For the past several years Wes has been performing a comic monologue entitled Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! which was recently staged at Berkeley Rep. Wes's famous tag line is: "If you don't like the news, go out and make some of your own." Website: or

Stephanie L. Phillips

PhillipsStephanie Phillips is Professor of Law at the University at Buffalo Law School. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981, and is pursuing a Master's in Theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She has research and teaching interests in the area of Law and Religion, has long taught Critical Race Theory, and is presently engaged in a multi-year teaching project in African American legal history. In addition, Professor Phillips has taught Conflict of Laws for more than twenty years, never tiring of its theoretical and practical intricacies.

Professor Phillips has joined the surge of interest in integrating mindfulness and other contemplative practices into the law school curriculum. With Professor Jim Milles, she created and co-taught a seminar in Fall 2009, entitled "Religion, Spirituality, and Cognitive Science: Contemporary Establishment Clause Issues." Upcoming in Fall 2010 is another new seminar, to be co-taught with Professor Angela Harris, called "Mindfulness and Professional Identity: Becoming a Lawyer While Keeping Your Values Intact." Both seminars incorporate a meditation practicum, as a course requirement.

Marc R. Poirier

PoirierProfessor Marc R. Poirier has taught at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, since 1991. He teaches law and sexuality, administrative law, environmental law, property, and First Amendment. His currently scholarly interests include the regulation of same-sex couples, property theory, cultural property, and the tension between religious freedom claims and antidiscrimination laws. He is a seasoned Zen practitioner and also has a yoga practice. Professor Poirier is currently a student of Barry Magid and was for many years a student of John Daido Loori. Currently he advises an interfaith silent meditation group at Seton Hall Law School and serves on the Steering Committee of the Contemplative Lawyers Group of New York City. He served from 1994 – 2006 on the Board of Diamond Metta New York Area Lesbian and Gay Buddhists, which he helped to found.

Before entering academia, Professor Poirier practiced law for twelve years at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Spiegel & McDiarmid, where he specialized in hydroelectric licensing and other energy regulatory matters. Professor Poirier holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University, a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and an LL.M. from Yale Law School.

Edith Kelly Politis

Edith Kelly PolitisEdith Kelly Politis has a family law practice in Marin County, California, in which she emphasizes interest-based negotiation in collaborative law and mediation models. She has been a student of Buddhism since the mid-1990s. Her meditation practice as well as her background and experience as a nurse and single-again mother inform and influence her approach to practicing law compassionately.

Politis' career began as a nurse, a wife, and a mother before entering law school. In the mid-1990s, after she had been practicing law for about ten years, she began also practicing meditation and studying Buddhist teachings.

Today Politis is active in a number of communities, including the movements to develop collaborative law and to introduce meditation and a meditative perspective to lawyers. She seeks to help clients solve problems that have to do with their most important relationships - their family relationships. She finds satisfaction in working with people during one of the most difficult transitions in their lives, as well as witnessing their transformation to a new and better life.

Leonard L. Riskin

RiskinLeonard L. Riskin is Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida and is currently a visiting professor at Northwestern University School of Law. He previously served at the University of Missouri School of Law, where he was C.A. Leedy and Isidor Loeb Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, and as a visiting professor at a number of law schools, including the University of Michigan.

Since 1980, he has been mediating, writing about mediation, and training lawyers and law students in mediation and other methods of dispute resolution. He studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S.), New York University (J.D.) and Yale (LL.M.) and served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and as general counsel of the National Alliance of Businessmen. Much of Len's work has centered on mindsets with which lawyers and other dispute resolvers approach their work. He has published numerous articles and several books on dispute resolution, including Dispute Resolution and Lawyers (with others, 4th ed., Westgroup, 2009). His writings have appeared in many academic journals, including the California Law Review, and in popular publications, such as the Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, and The Washington Post.

Since 1999, he has been teaching mindfulness to lawyers, law students, judges and other conflict resolvers. His articles on this topic are available on SSRN. He is Director of the Initiation on Mindfulness in Law and Dispute Resolution at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Richard Reuben

Richard ReubenProfessor Richard C. Reuben is the James Lewis Parks Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and co-director of the Center for the Study of Conflict, Law & the Media, a partnership with the Missouri School of Journalism.

A Senior Fellow at the Law School's Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, Professor Reuben is the co-author of one of the country's leading ADR law school casebooks, Dispute Resolution & Lawyers (4th ed. 2009), and serves on the Editorial Board of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Dispute Resolution Magazine. He also serves as chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Committee on Public Policy, Participation, and Democracy. Professor Reuben's research emphasizes the relationship between dispute resolution and law, as well as democratic governance. He is also one of the nation's leading authorities on confidentiality in ADR processes, and served as a Reporter for the Uniform Mediation Act, which has already been adopted in several states. Professor Reuben's articles have appeared in the California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems and the SMU Law Review, and many others.

Professor Reuben has an active insight meditation practice, and has taught insight meditation in Columbia, Mo., for more than five years. He is also on the board of the University of Missouri Mindfulness Practice Center and Show-Me Dharma, a community meditation center, and is part of an interdisciplinary initiative on incorporating contemplative practice into teaching to improve teacher and student performance.

Scott Rogers

RogersScott L. Rogers, M.S., J.D. is the director and founder of the Institute for Mindfulness Studies and creator of Jurisight®, the mindfulness-based program developed for legal professionals. The Jurisight program has been offered at the University of Miami School of Law since 2008 where it has been taught to hundreds of law students through multi-week classes, seminars, and workshops. The lawyers' workshop, "Mindfulness, Balance and the Lawyer's Brain," was one of the first mindfulness courses in the country to receive CLE approval from a state bar, and among the first to integrate neuroscience research. Since 2007 Rogers has conducted mindfulness programs at law firms, ABA conferences, state bar section retreats, public defenders' offices, legal service and legal aid organizations, and national and international lawyer association conferences. In 2009, Rogers offered the first program to integrate mindfulness and the law at the Florida Bar's annual convention. To introduce legal professionals to mindfulness practices, the Institute for Mindfulness Studies publishes the online resources,,,, and

Rogers is also adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami where he co-developed and teaches, with Jan Jacobowitz, "Professional Responsibility and Mindfulness" one of the first law school classes in the country to integrate mindfulness into its core curriculum. Most recently, Rogers is collaborating on a Department of Defense funded training and research project with University of Miami cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Amishi Jha. Together they are exploring the enduring brain and behavior changes that may accompany short-form (4 to 8 hours of course instruction) mindfulness training programs. Their project will involve using fMRI to track structural and functional brain changes in neural systems of attention and working-memory.

Rogers has practiced law along with mindfulness-based contemplative practices for 19 years. He graduated summa cum laude with his J.D. from the University of Florida, where he also received his Master's Degree in Social Psychology. Rogers is author of Mindfulness for Law Students,The Six-Minute Solution: A Mindfulness Primer for Lawyers, and Mindful Parenting: Meditations, Verses & Visualizations for a More Joyful Life. Rogers speaks nationally on mindfulness to lawyers, conflict resolution experts, law students, parents, educators, and therapists. He has appeared on television and National Public Radio and been interviewed for his work on mindfulness for newspapers and magazines.

Julie Sandine

Julie SandineJulie Sandine became Vanderbilt University Law School's first Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in 2002. Before taking on this position, she served as one of the law school's legal writing faculty and was also an associate with the Nashville law firm of Dodson, Parker, Dinkens & Behm, where she focused on probate, elder law and juvenile law. In her law practice, Dean Sandine represented birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees as amici in the landmark case that resulted in the opening of Tennessee adoption records to adopted individuals. Her article about the case, "Tennessee's Adoption Law: Balancing the Interests of the Adoption Triad," was published in 39 Family Courts Review 1, 58 (2001).

Dean Sandine has also worked with the ACLU as local counsel in appellate matters and continues to represent pro bono clients in both juvenile and probate court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, and the Lawyers' Association for Women. From 1993 to 1995, she clerked for the Honorable Thomas A. Higgins, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Before attending law school, Dean Sandine worked in the areas of women's health and crisis intervention. Her experience includes serving as outreach coordinator for Rape Response in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as a behavioral science researcher for the University of Connecticut Health Center, and as Director of Counseling and then Executive Director of the Memphis Center for Reproductive Health.

Nell Schaffer

Nell SchafferNell Schaffer is a third-year law student at UC Berkeley Law. She hails from Washington, DC, and Des Moines, Iowa, among other places. She began meditating the year before she started law school with the Insight Meditation Society of Washington, DC. During law school, she has taken meditation classes from James Baraz and has attended two residential retreats at Spirit Rock. She also had the good fortune to participate in the inaugural course on law and meditation offered at Boalt, taught by Charlie Halpern. Schaffer is a board member of the Boalt Hall Meditation Society. She is also a founding member of the UC Berkeley Restorative Justice Committee.

Prior to law school, Schaffer waited tables in DC and worked at a ski area in Utah. She also worked as an Outreach Associate for DC Vote, a non-profit that is dedicated to securing congressional voting representation for residents of the District of Columbia. After law school she hopes to pursue a career in conflict resolution. Schaffer is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the planning and implementation of this momentous conference.

Jeffrey Selbin

Jeffrey SelbinJeffrey Selbin is a Clinical Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). He is also Faculty Director of the East Bay Community Law Center, Boalt Hall's community-based poverty law clinic. He founded EBCLC's HIV/AIDS Law Project in 1990 and served as the organization's Executive Director from 2002 through 2006. Selbin is active in local and national clinical legal education and anti-poverty efforts. In 2008, he chaired the Poverty Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), and he currently co-chairs the Lawyering in the Public Interest (Bellow Scholar) Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education.From 2004-2006, Selbin served on the California State Bar Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, dedicated to improving and increasing access to justice for low-income Californians.

Selbin's research interests include clinical education, anti-poverty lawyering, and community lawyering with an emphasis on evidence-based approaches. Recent publications include "The Clinic Effect," with Rebecca Sandefur in the Clinical Law Review (2009); "From 'The Art of War' to 'Being Peace': Mindfulness and Community Lawyering in a Neoliberal Age," with Angela Harris and Margaretta Lin in the California Law Review (2007); and "Legal Aid, Law School Clinic and the Opportunity for Joint Gain," with Jeanne Charn in the Management Information Exchange Journal (2007). In 2003, Selbin was recognized with Mary Louise Frampton as a Bellow Scholar by the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education for his anti-poverty and access-to-justice efforts. In 2004, he was named a Wasserstein Fellow, honoring outstanding public interest lawyers, by the Harvard Law School.

Shauna L. Shapiro

Shauna L. ShapiroShauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D. is an associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, and previously served as adjunct faculty for Andrew Weil's Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Shapiro's research focuses on mindfulness meditation and its applications to psychotherapy, education, and well-being.

She began her study of psychology and meditation at Duke University, graduating summa cum laude, and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona. Dr. Shapiro pursued her training in meditation in Thailand and Nepal, as well as in the West, training in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). Dr. Shapiro has conducted extensive clinical research investigating the effects of mindfulness-based therapies across a wide range of populations, and published over 60 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.

She is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education in the area of mindfulness and psychotherapy. Dr. Shapiro lectures and leads mindfulness training programs nationally and internationally for health professionals on the growing applications of mindfulness in psychology and health care. She is co-author of the book, The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness into Psychology and the Helping Professions, published by American Psychology Press.

Linda Sheehan

Linda SheehanAttorney and advocate Linda Sheehan directs the California Coastkeeper Alliance, a statewide coalition of 12 Waterkeeper organizations that takes action to ensure clean, flowing waterways and a healthy coast and ocean. Sheehan has successfully advanced California legislation, policies and litigation to increase enforcement of clean water laws, provide state water quality data to the public, curtail sewage spills, boost coastal water quality monitoring, improve oil spill prevention and response, control marine invasive species, reduce polluted runoff discharges, expand implementation of sustainable water supply strategies, and create new funding sources to ensure healthy waters and ecosystems. Under Sheehan's leadership, the Alliance developed the first interactive, online maps of California's polluted water bodies, restored giant kelp habitats in the Southern California Bight, and contributed to the designation of a coast-wide network of marine protected areas. For efforts in "fight[ing] pollution of the Pacific and the streams and rivers that flow into it," Sheehan was recognized in 2009 by Sunset Magazine and the California Coastal Commission as a "California Coastal Hero."

Sheehan holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, and a J.D. from the University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law. Sheehan is also a founding Board member, and current Vice-President and Secretary, of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Inc., a non-profit established to advance legal rights for ecosystems. She is a contributing author to a book of essays on Earth Jurisprudence to be published by Wakefield Press in late 2010, and conducted research on rights for ecosystems as a visiting Affiliate to the University of Victoria's "POLIS Project on Ecological Governance" in July 2010.

Eliyahu Sills

Eliyahu SillsEliyahu Sills has been performing music for over 20 years on multiple instruments, including bansuri (the bamboo flute of India), and Turkish and Arabic ney (the reed flute of the middle east) upright bass, electric bass, and oud. In the early 1990s, he studied at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. Deeply influenced by teachers Makanda Ken McIntyre, Arnie Lawrence and Reggie Workman (bassist who played with John Coltrane and Art Blakey), Eliyahu began performing as a sideman and bandleader in renowned jazz clubs such as The Village Gate and Small's. After leaving NYC, he began his studies of North Indian music on the Bansuri under the great master G.S. Sachdev, and began performing Middle Eastern music on the ney, which he studied in Instanbul with masters Neyzen Omer Erdogdular and Neyzen Ahmet Kaya, and in Morocco with Akdii Abdelsalaam. He currently performs throughout the country with his critically acclaimed band, The Qadim Ensemble, whose CD reached #7 on Billboard's World Music charts, and collaborates with other world musicians.

Noah Smith

Noah Smith

Noah Smith is a third year law student at Berkeley Law School, pursuing a career in the public interest sector. He has been practicing Transcendental Meditation for four years. In law school Noah has participated in the Human Rights and Community Law Center clinics, and served on the Executive Board for the National Association of Law Students With Disabilities. He also took Charlie Halpern's Law and Meditation course. In his free time, Noah likes watching football and movies, being outdoors, and swimming. He does a seated meditation for 20 minutes at least once a day.

Tirien Steinbach

Tirien Steinbach Tirien Steinbach is currently the executive director of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). EBCLC is the community-based clinical program for Berkeley Law School, where Steinbach is a lecturer in residence. Steinbach teaches the clinic companion course on applied legal ethics. Steinbach joined EBCLC in 2007, where she incubated the Clean Slate practice, a community-reentry program for formally incarcerated people.

Steinbach graduated from Berkeley Law School, where she was active in the public interest and student of color communities. She served as co-president of the Berkeley Law Foundation Student Steering Committee and Vice President of Recruitment for Law Students of African Descent. Upon graduating from Boalt, Steinbach received numerous fellowships and awards, including an Equal Justice Works fellowship sponsored by the California Appellate Project, a Berkeley Law Foundation grant for her work at EBCLC, and the inaugural Thelton E. Henderson Social Justice Prize. Steinbach centers her teaching on reflective practice and is committed to integrating mindfulness-based practices into her curriculum.

Tim Tosta

Tim Tosta In the last thirty six years, Tim Tosta has successfully procured Land Use Entitlements for some of California's most complex and controversial development projects in some of the state's most treacherous political environments. Tim is recognized as one of California's leading Land Use and Environmental attorneys.

Tim also is a cancer survivor, seasoned hospice volunteer, and executive coach. He is an innovative, insightful and evocative speaker and lecturer. He recently authored his first book, #DEATHtweet – A Well Lived Life Through 140 Perspectives and Its Teaching, published by Happy About Press.

Dennis Warren

Dennis Warren Dennis Warren is a Sacramento based attorney specializing in the unique regulatory issues facing health professionals and health institutions. He is an also an Associate Professor in the Pain Division at the UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center focusing on the use of meditation and mindfulness in working with chronic pain and associated mind states such as depression, anxiety, fear, impatience, frustration, hopelessness and habituated compensatory behavior.

Dennis is a graduate of the training programs for health professions in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression Relapse (MBCT). His workshops for professionals have been approved for continuing education credit for physicians, therapists, nurses, pharmacists, nursing home administrators, adult day health care center administrators and attorneys.

Dennis has twenty five years of practice and residential retreat work in Insight (Vipassana) Meditation. He is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center's training program for the development of community-based meditation instructors. He recently led a meditation retreat in Asia involving teaching and practice in Thailand, Northern India and Nepal. He is the founder and an instructor at Sacramento Insight Meditation.

Stephanie M. Wildman

Stephanie M. WildmanStephanie M. Wildman is a professor of law and director of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Santa Clara University School of Law. She received the 2007 Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers, the largest national organization of law school faculty. She was the founding director of the Center for Social Justice at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She taught for 25 years at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She received her A.B. (1970) and her J.D. (1973) from Stanford University. She has been a visiting professor at U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), U.C. Davis School of Law, Hastings College of the Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, and Stanford Law School.

Wildman's most recent book, Women and the Law Stories (with Elizabeth Schneider) will be published this fall. Her book, Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America, (with contributions by Margalynne Armstrong, Adrienne D. Davis, & Trina Grillo) won the 1997 Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Meyers Center for Human Rights. Her books, Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America 2nd ed. (with Richard Delgado, Angela A. Harris, and Juan F. Perea) (2007) and Social Justice: Professionals Communities and Law (with Martha R. Mahoney and John O. Calmore) (2003) are popular Thomson-West textbooks. She is past co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers and served on the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Executive Committee. Wildman teaches Law and Social Justice, Gender and Law, and Torts. Her scholarship emphasizes systems of privilege, gender, race, and classroom dynamics.

Rachel Wohl

Rachel WohlRachel Wohl is an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University Law School's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, co-teaching a three-day summer and fall session seminar on "Mindfulness for Lawyers, Judges and Mediators" with Len Riskin. The course teaches a technique Wohl and Len developed, called "Taking STOCK", for integrating mindfulness into the daily work of a dispute resolution practice. Wohl has been meditating for 18 years and has an active retreat and meditation practice. She has taught mindfulness workshops at several law schools and in Scotland, and is currently taking a two-year course to become a Jewish Meditation trainer.

Wohl is a mediator, facilitator and lawyer. She is the founding Executive Director of the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, which works collaboratively to advance a variety of alternative forms of conflict resolution in Maryland's courts, criminal and juvenile justice programs, businesses, state and local government agencies, neighborhoods, schools and universities. Wohl co-chaired the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's Taskforce on Improving Mediation Quality and received the Association for Conflict Resolution's Mary Parker Follett Award for innovation in the field of conflict resolution. She is a founding Board Member of Mediators Beyond Borders, an international volunteer organization that does capacity building work to assist grassroots conflict resolution groups in troubled locations in the US and around the world.

Larry Yang

Larry YangLarry Yang teaches in meditation, awareness, and mindfulness across the country for sitting groups, daylong retreats, and residential retreats. He provides special focus on multicultural populations, including communities of color, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender communities, and people in recovery from addictions. The communities within which he teaches include Spirit Rock Meditation Center, East Bay Meditation Center, and San Francisco Zen Center. He has spent six months as a monastic in Thailand and is trained as a Dharma meditation teacher by Jack Kornfield and Thai meditation master Ajahn Tong. He is on the core teaching team of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leadership Training Program which serves to train future Buddhist spiritual leaders nationally and internationally.

In addition, Yang is trained as a clinical social worker and as a psychotherapist. He is a consultant in cultural competency, and has worked at San Francisco General Hospital as the clinical social work supervisor for the outpatient psychotherapy clinic. Yang is currently teaching a multicultural competency course in the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare.

Robert Zeglovitch

ZeglovitchBob Zeglovitch has been practicing law since 1985 and meditating since 1994. He has trained intensively in both the Soto Zen and Vipassana traditions. Zeglovitch has completed professional training in the teaching of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Mindfulness. He has taught mindfulness meditation to lawyers, judges, law students, and corporate employees. In the Fall of 2003, he began teaching a series of eight week courses on mindfulness (based on MBSR) to his colleagues at Leonard, Street and Deinard, one of the largest firms in Minnesota. This work was recognized in the American Bar Association Journal, Minnesota Law and Politics magazine, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Zeglovitch has spoken on mindfulness at the ABA's CoLAP (Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs) annual conference and at Lawyer Assistance Program conferences in other states, as well as at state bar conventions and conferences. He has offered various CLE programs on mindfulness. In November, Zeglovitch will be presenting on mindfulness at the Wisconsin State Public Defender's annual conference. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, where he teaches a highly experiential course called "Mindfulness Skills for Legal Practice." Zeglovitch is the author of "The Mindful Lawyer," which appeared in the October/November 2006 issue of ABA's GPSolo magazine.

Zeglovitch received his J.D. with High Honors from Rutgers Law School (Camden) in 1984. After graduation, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Harry H. MacLaughlin of the District of Minnesota. For over twenty years, he practiced law at Leonard, Street and Deinard. In 2006, Zeglovitch left his position as a shareholder at Leonard Street to open a sole practice in the Twin Cities, where he specializes in employment litigation and counseling. Zeglovitch is routinely listed as one of the top employment lawyers in Minnesota by Best Lawyers in America® and Minnesota Super Lawyers®, and as a "Leading Business Attorney" by Chambers USA.

Michael Zimmerman

Michael ZimmermanMichael D. Zimmerman is a partner in the Salt Lake City office of Snell & Wilmer, a multi-state law firm headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. His practice focuses on appeals and major motions, arbitration, and commercial litigation.

Zimmerman served as a Justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1984 to 2000, and as Chief Justice from 1994 to 1998. Zimmerman attended the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and the University of Utah, graduating in 1966. He received his J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1969, then clerked for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the U.S. Supreme Court, was an 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. After returning to private practice, he served as part-time Special Counsel for the Governor of Utah before being appointed to the Utah Supreme Court. He was a member of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure from 1985 to 1991, and later a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices. He 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.

Zimmerman began a meditation practice in 1994, 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 Big Mind Western Zen Center in Salt Lake City under Genpo Roshi until July of 2010. With his wife, Diane Musho Hamilton, Sensei, he now teaches at The Boulder Mountain Zendo in Torrey, Utah, and at its City Center in Salt Lake City. Zimmerman has made a number of presentations to lawyers and judges on meditation, the benefits it offers to lawyers, and the science underlying those benefits.

David Zlotnick

David ZlotnickDavid M. Zlotnick is a professor of law at the Roger Williams University School of Law. After graduating from the Harvard Law School (1986), cum laude, Dean Zlotnick clerked for a federal appellate judge, worked as a white collar defense attorney in a national law firm, and served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. In 1995, Professor Zlotnick founded a litigation project for the public interest group, Families Against Mandatory Minimums ("FAMM"), which opposes the indiscriminate use of mandatory minimum penalties for non-violent crimes. As the Litigation Director and afterwards, Dean Zlotnick has worked on U.S. Supreme Court cases as co-counsel and as amicus curie. In 2002, he was selected to be a Soros Senior Justice Fellow to document judicial opposition to the federal sentencing regime. Dean Zlotnick's work on sentencing issues has received coverage in a variety of media including; Rolling Stone, BBC Television, The Washington Post and The New York Times. He has also testified before the Judiciary Committees of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives and his articles on sentencing and other subjects have appeared in top fifty legal journals including, mostly recently, the Colorado Law Review.

Dean Zlotnick teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Trial Advocacy. He has sought to infuse his teaching with lessons he has learned from yoga and meditation. This process was accelerated in 2008 when he was awarded a Contemplative Practice Fellowship by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society to teach a course in trial advocacy that integrated mindfulness concepts and practices. He has also taught at the Washington College of Law at American University and Stetson College of Law and has been a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University Law School.