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The Contemplative Lawyer: On the Potential Contributions of Mindfulness Meditation to Law Students, Lawyers, and Their Clients


Leonard L. Riskin


University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law

August 31, 2009

Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Vol. 7, pp. 1-66, 2002

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This Article proposes that introducing mindfulness meditation into the legal profession may improve practitioners' well-being and performance and weaken the dominance of adversarial mind-sets. By enabling some lawyers to make more room for - and act from - broader and deeper perspectives, mindfulness can help lawyers provide more appropriate service (especially through better listening and negotiation) and gain more personal satisfaction from their work.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 67

Keywords: mindfulness, law practice, legal education, negotiation, active listening, dispute resolution, ADR, mediation, meditation

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Date posted: September 1, 2009 ; Last revised: September 16, 2009

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Riskin, Leonard L., The Contemplative Lawyer: On the Potential Contributions of Mindfulness Meditation to Law Students, Lawyers, and Their Clients (August 31, 2009). Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Vol. 7, pp. 1-66, 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1465248

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Leonard L. Riskin (Contact Author)
University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States
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