CLE: Mindfulness in the Practice of Law

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Gray Plant Mooty

The practice of mindfulness has ancient roots but is receiving much attention of late, and is even taking hold in the legal profession. District Judge Susan R. Miles, a veteran of 20 years’ service in the Tenth Judicial District, credits her mindfulness practice with saving her judicial career.  In this session, she will share her own experience with mindfulness, and the benefits it has brought her both personally and professionally.  Judge Miles will cover some of the latest scientific research on the benefits of a mindfulness practice, discuss what a mindfulness practice involves, and lead attendees in a short practice session.

2.0 professional development credits applied for


Judge Miles has been serving on the District Court in the Tenth Judicial District of Minnesota since January, 1997 and is chambered in Washington County.

Judge Miles served as president of Minnesota Women Lawyers as well as the Minnesota District Judges Association and the Minnesota District Judges Foundation and chair of the Washington County Bench.  Currently she is on the Board of Canvas Health and chairs the Minnesota District Judges Association Committee on the Board on Judicial Standards.  An active meditation practitioner for 10 years, she is a Teacher in Training at the University of Minnesota in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Miles was in private practice in Minneapolis for ten years, concentrating in business litigation and telecommunications law, and in the public sector for eight years, part of which was spent as manager of the Utilities Regulation Division of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

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