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Approved for 1 hour non-traditional credit, including 1 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas.

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Contact: Leslie Garwood

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Approved for 1 hour non-traditional credit, including 1 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas.

KLAP Teleconference Series:
From Stressed to Mindful Lawyer


12:00 PM • Expecting the Unexpected: Ethical Issues for an Aging Bar

Rebecca Martin, McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, Kansas City
Mike Martin, Mike Martin Law, Westwood, KS

For over a decade, law students, judges, law professors and practicing attorneys have been utilizing meditation and mindfulness to develop concentration, improve  emotional well-being, and lessen the stress of legal work. According to Terry Harrell, chair of the ABA’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, “Meditation and mindfulness are not just good for us the way things like fish oil  are. They actually affect the quality of legal work. A mindfulness practice makes us better decision-makers, better ethical decision-makers. And that translates into better lawyering.” This one hour CLE program will introduce legal professionals new to the practices of meditation and mindfulness to effective daily practices and the benefits of such practices as well as suggest additional techniques for those legal professionals already engaging in meditation and mindfulness.


12:50 PM • Session Adjourns



Mike Martin, Mike Martin Law, Westwood, KS

Mr. Martin is an attorney in solo practice, Westwood, Kansas.  Mr. Martin practices in areas of estate, probate, corporate and business representation and related litigation. He received his B.S. in business administration and accounting from University of Kansas School of Business in  1982 and J.D. from University of Kansas School of Law in 1985. Mr. Martin is a KLAP volunteer and has presented, Planning Ahead: Incapacity, Disability or Absence of a Solo Practitioner and Professional Fees in Kansas Probate Matters for the  Johnson County Bar Association.


Rebecca D. Martin, McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan, P.C., Kansas City

Rebecca D. Martin is a Kansas City attorney experienced in tax law, taxpayer representation and business transactions, and has practiced law over 27 years.  Since 2010, Ms. Martin has volunteered as a meditation leader at Unity Temple on the Plaza with its Serenity Pause group guided meditation program, and was certified to teach meditation in 2013 by Nima Janet Taylor, Buddhist Nun and Director of Temple Buddhist, through the Serenity Pause secular certification program. She leads secular group meditations at Unity Temple at 12:10 p.m. every Tuesday.  Ms Martin has also obtained a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship through the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and is working with several prominent entrepreneurship organizations to expand social entrepreneurship and social responsibility in the Kansas City metropolitan area.