Integrating Mindfulness Theory and Practice into Trial Advocacy
13 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2016
Date Written: February 1, 2012
The metaphor of trial as battle is deeply embedded in American culture. Not surprisingly, a take-no-prisoners approach is celebrated both in fiction and in fact. In the real world, however, the trial lawyer as warrior comes at a high price. In a profession beset with stress, early burnout and cynicism are common among trial lawyers. And, conversely, the few who seem to thrive in this environment often do so at some cost to themselves, their friends and family. Against this backdrop, integrating mindfulness theory and practice into the teaching of trial advocacy might seem a hopeless endeavor. Nevertheless, sponsored by a fellowship from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, I created a course that explores whether mindfulness theory and practice can help students realize their potential as effective advocates and make a career in trial work more humane and sustainable. This article explores my experience with this course.
Keywords: Trial Advocacy, Mindfulness
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation