Starting the Year Right: Establishing a Practice of Mindfulness and Well-Being for Competence, Clarity and Compassion

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm



  • Join the City Bar’s newest committee, the Mindfulness and Well-Being in the Law Committee, to discuss how you can improve your practice, enhance your resilience, reduce your bias, enlarge your community, be more self-compassionate, and serve more competently through mindfulness and well-being tools. The New Year always provides another opportunity to improve old habits and introduce new ones. We can spend the time on ourselves and at the same time advance our professional goals because there is ample support that our occupational, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, and social needs should be top priorities for achieving and maintaining our competence as members of the legal community. See The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change (2017); see also The Report from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being (2018).

    This program will discuss how mindfulness and well-being practices are paramount to adhering to our ethical obligations as members of the Bar. Participants will learn how to build better resilience, improve their emotional intelligence, become more inclusive, and cultivate more happiness and gratitude. The program will provide mindfulness techniques, self-compassion tools, loving-kindness exercises, and opportunities to develop better creativity, forgiveness, play, and deep listening skills. A significant amount of the program will also provide an understanding of diversity, inclusion and bias and the skills necessary to reduce it.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Members | $50 for Nonmembers

  • Vaughn Browne
    Agency Attorney
    New York City Fire Department

    Jordana Confino
    Director of Professionalism & Special Projects
    Fordham Law School

    Craig Dobson
    Dobson Law LLC

    Brooke A. Ford
    Associate Director

    Weijin (Gina) Leow
    Diversity and Inclusion Manager
    New York City Fire Department

    Cecilia B. Loving
    Deputy Commissioner & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
    New York City Fire Department

    Wendy M. Star
    Director of Policy Initiatives
    Office of Diversity and Inclusion
    New York City Fire Department

    Lisa Podemski
    Juvenile Rights Division
    Legal Aid Society

  • TBD

  • New York: 2.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
    New Jersey: TBD
    California: TBD
    Pennsylvania: TBD
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Mindfulness & Well-Being in Law, Robert Chender & Cecilia Loving, Co-Chairs

    Co-Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Mental Health Law, Karen P. Simmons, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 |