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A Lawyer and Neutral Best Practice? Honing Powers of Mental Focus

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 1, 2016

Law practice, ADR, and meditation may seem to be strange bedfellows.

Yet there is a more recent emphasis on the merit of lawyers, leaders and neutrals incorporating some kind of meditation practices into their lives in order to perform better professionally (not to mention effects on one’s inner life). Examples are an article in the May 2016 D.C. Bar’s Washington Lawyer, about habits that improve performance (“Peak Performance: Conditions for Optimal Functioning”).

Also, Linda Lazarus of Washington, D.C., was a featured presenter at the April ABA Dispute Resolution Conference. A former litigator turned ADR neutral, she also teaches meditation practices and touts them as beneficial to the effectiveness of mediators’ work, and to the management of workplace conflict and stress. We hope to publish some of her work in a future committee newsletter. Stay tuned. In the meantime, go to if you want to seek more information about this area and her work in it.

Tags:  ADR  Linda Lazarus  managing workplace conflict  managing workplace stress  meditation  neutrals 

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Donita M. King says...
Posted Monday, August 1, 2016
Experience in both mediation and meditation, I completely agree that they work together, not just for mental acuity, but I think the strongest benefit is that it enhances the ability to get below the surface and connect to and understand the emotional "drivers"; thereby allowing and inspiring the brain to find and utilize appropriate methods of resolution,
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