MILS Mission Statement
The mission of the Mindfulness in Law Society (MILS) is to coordinate and promote activities in the legal profession relating to mindfulness meditation, yoga, and other contemplative practices.
What We Do
MILS is the hub for mindfulness in the legal profession, bringing together lawyers, law students, faculty, Judges, and others in the legal community across the nation. We share resources and provide networking opportunities, including: practice area affinity groups, local chapters, virtual sits, webinars, and national conferences. We offer centralized resources for those who seek to create or enhance a mindfulness practice or program for themselves, their law firms, legal communities, and law schools. We are based at Southwestern Law School and are supported by a generous grant from the Lenz Foundation.
What is Mindfulness?
This video by Professor Scott Rodgers offers a brief explanation of what Mindfulness is and how it can benefit the practice of law.
Mindfulness is the ability to be in the present moment fully, intentionally, and non-judgmentally. Practicing mindfulness cultivates many skills and mental qualities that can be helpful to those in the legal profession, including the ability to focus and concentrate, recognize and let go of distractions, and accept oneself and others openly and compassionately.
Why Should Law Schools Teach Mindfulness?
Building on scientific evidence that mindfulness meditation can improve attention, learning, working memory capacity, academic achievement, empathy, self-compassion, and creativity, and that it can reduce stress and anxiety, this article by Shailini George proposes that mindfulness should be an essential element in law school curriculum.
The article discusses how distractedness has impacted attention and learning, provides an overview of the last decade of research showing the cognitive and physical benefits of mindfulness, and critiques the traditional law school format to advocate that law schools should follow medicine and industry in using mindfulness training to address these issues.