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Mindfulness and Judging: Resources for Judges

Below is a list of resources about mindfulness. These materials describe simple steps for developing mindfulness in daily life and provide examples of ways in which mindfulness can improve both one's health and one's professional effectiveness.

Getting Started

Jeremy D. Fogel, Mindfulness and Judging (Federal Judicial Center 2016)

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness - An Introduction (one-and-a-half-hour video)

Jon Kabat-Zinn, The 9 Attitudes of Mindfulness (brief video series)

J. Patton Hyman, The Mindful Lawyer: Mindfulness Meditation and Law Practice, Vt. B.J., Summer 2007, at 40

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness for Beginners (Sounds True 2012)

Scott Rogers, Stop, Look, and Listen: Regain your Focus Through Mindfulness, Young Lawyer, vol. 15, no. 4, at 3 (2011)

Timothy Tosta, Editorial, The Mindful Lawyer: Not Your Usual Law Conference, L.A. Daily J., Dec. 3, 2010, at 7

Ellen Waldman, Mindfulness, Emotions, and Ethics: The Right Stuff?, Nev. L.J., vol. 10, issue 2, art. 10 (2010)​

Robert Zeglovitch, The Mindful Lawyer, 70 Tex. B.J. 234 (2007)

Books and Articles

Pamela Casey, Minding the Court: Enhancing the Decision-Making Process: A White Paper of the American Judges Association Making Better Judges (State Justice Institute and National Center for State Courts 2012)

Pamela Casey, Kevin Burke & Steve Leben, Minding the Court: Enhancing the Decision-Making Process, International Journal for Court Administration, Feb. 2013

Alan S. Gold, Mindfulness–A Challenge for Our Times, Federal Bar Association (2012)

J. Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness in Everyday Life (Hyperion 1994)

Terry A. Maroney, Emotional Regulation and Judicial Behavior, 99 Cal. L. Rev. 1485 (2010)

Susan R. Miles, What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Why Should I Care?, Minn. Bar Assoc., Aug. 2015

Tess M.S. Neal & Eve M. Brank, Could Mindfulness Improve Judicial Decision Making? (abstract), Monitor on Psychology, 2014, Vol 45, No. 3

Gregory C. O'Brien, Jr., Confessions of an Angry Judge, Judicature, vol. 87, no. 5, Mar.-Apr. 2004

Evan R. Seamone, Judicial Mindfulness, 70 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1023 (2002)


Jeremy D. Fogel, Using Mindfulness on the Bench (audio), Interview with ABC News, Oct. 2016

Terry A. Maroney, Are Angry Judges Bad Judges? (brief video)


Headspace (online app)

The Mindful Judge: Non-Judgmental Awareness in Action, The Institute for Mindfulness Studies (website presents programs and resources by judges for judges)

Mindfulness: Legal Education and Practice, Jon Cavicchi, University of New Hampshire Law Library