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Mindfulness for Law Students

Wednesday, 02 October, 2019

Mindfulness for Law Students will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the year in Scott Hall room 882 for any interested law students. Each session is open, so previous attendance is not required.

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About Mindfulness at SLU LAW
SLU LAW makes mindfulness available as a way of increasing well-being, balance and effectiveness.

Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and acceptance. Mindfulness in everyday experiences is best strengthened and supported by a regular meditation practice and by informal mindfulness throughout the day. This practice invites us to slow down, breathe and observe our inner experience.

While the benefits of meditation have been understood for centuries, recent studies in neuroscience and psychology suggest that regular practice increases the ability to concentrate, enhances perceptual acuity and resolution, and increases one’s ability to make empathic connections and be present with challenging situations. Meditation can also reduce stress, increase immune response and increase positive emotions.

SLU LAW’s mindfulness practice is open to individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, religious affiliations, career aspirations and levels of skepticism. They are secular and work for people of all religions or no religion. The programs are designed for those with no meditation experience and for those with experience.

The SLU LAW Mindfulness Program is led by Professor of Practice David Lander. 
Prof. Lander has been connected with the school for many years. He helped start the Legal Clinics program, taught full-time for two years and has served as an adjunct 20 times, teaching such courses as bankruptcy law, commercial law, consumer law and secured transactions. He has had a personal meditation practice for 15 years and has taken courses in mindfulness teaching from MindfulSchools.org. In July 2015, he retired from a successful business bankruptcy private practice of law.

For more information, contact Prof. David Lander at david.lander@slu.edu or (314) 750-7773. Law firms interested in having an in-house mindfulness program offered to firm members may also contact Prof. Lander.

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