IAHL's mission is to transform the practice of law, through education and support of holistic practice.
The only living being capable of completely transforming, down to its DNA, is the butterfly. It starts as an egg, a small ball of potential. Then the egg hatches and becomes a caterpillar. The caterpillar eats and grows and molts and eats and grows and molts some more. When it's done growing, the caterpillar retreats into its chrysalis, where the magic happens. After this transformation, it is a completely different entity, with colorful wings and the gift of flight.
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society will be holding its annual Retreat for Law Professionals at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, April 2-5. We will be practicing mindfulness meditation and movement. Mindfulness meditation can provide a practical tool for busy legal professionals to enhance their law practice, quiet the mind, increase clarity and awareness, and restore a more peaceful balance to their lives.
The University of San Francisco School of Law is currently offering a weekly meditation group led by Professors Tim Igesias, Rhonda Magee, and Judi Cohen. These three professors are currently collaborating on the development of a Contemplative Lawyering class for spring, 2010. The class will offer students instruction in contemplative practices from various secular, religious and wisdom traditions, link those practices to lawyering skills, and support students in applying their chosen practice to their work in class, in clinics, in clerkships, at home, and in the workplace.