July 24, 2017

Mindfulness and the Ethical Practice of Law

Mike Zogby, a partner in the Products Liability and Mass Tort group, and Judith McCarthy, an associate in the Corporate and Securities group, presented a one-hour ethics CLE titled “Mindfulness and the Ethical Practice of Law” to attorneys and summer associates in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Mike and Judith, co-leads of the Drinker Biddle Florham Park office’s Mentoring Program, discussed the latest empirical research on the effectiveness of mindfulness and meditation for improving focus and brain function, including data specific to lawyers, and shared different types of meditation techniques. They explained the symbiotic connection between mindfulness and the rules of ethics, specifically rules on competence and diligence. This is supported by recent research showing that lawyers who meditated regularly reported a more than 6 percent increase in productivity, 28 percent reduced depression, 30 percent reduced anxiety and 32 percent reduced feelings of stress.

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