Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2015

Lawyers are constantly judging themselves and others at virtually every waking moment — drawing the world into categories, with a fundamentally dualist viewpoint that divides “us” from “them.” A growing number of lawyers believe the profession would benefit from learning a “non-dualistic way of being in the world,” or as Michael Dwyer defines it, as “moment-to-moment awareness, with intention and focus, and without judgment.” Lawyer and writer Jennie Bricker addresses the questions, “What is mindfulness, and why would anyone spend time doing it?”