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Katerina P Lewinbuk |  Elaina Marino |  Lyzzette Bullock |  Demarris Evans |  Emily Dowkow
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A national mindfulness conference for lawyers, judges, and others in the legal profession during the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting. This program is for lawyers interested in mindfulness to learn more about the practice.


This plenary discusses how firms, agencies, lawyers, law professors, and students have incorporated mindfulness practices to make their workplaces more productive, and to become more effective, creative, and satisfied in their practices.


Mental Health and Substance Abuse


This course has been approved for .75 Mental Health and Substance Abuse CLE Credits by the Illinois State Bar Association.




Katerina P Lewinbuk's Profile

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Professor of Law

South Texas College of Law Houston

Professor Katerina Lewinbuk is a Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas where she teaches Professional Responsibility, Deposition Skills, Attorney-Client Disputes, Legal Profession in a Comparative Context and Legal Research & Writing (and also her new course titled “Mindful Lawyering”). Prior to that, she taught at DePaul University Law School in Chicago. Professor Lewinbuk has twice taught as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Monterrey, Mexico and in Prague, and has taught legal courses in Moscow, Istanbul, the Republic of Georgia and other parts of the world. Professor Lewinbuk also served as Program Director/Course Advisor and taught at the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C.  The program prepares international LL.M. students to enter law schools throughout the United States and it also provides an overview of the U.S. legal system to judges and practicing attorneys from all over the world. Prior to teaching, Professor Lewinbuk was an associate attorney at the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie law firm and is licensed to practice law in Texas, Illinois and District of Columbia.

Elaina Marino's Profile

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Law Student Syracuse Law School

National Student Division Chair of the Mindfulness in Law Society

Elaina Marino serves as the Mindfulness in the Law Society Student Division Chairwomen and is thrilled to be a part of this conference and the National Mindfulness in the Law Community. Elaina is a rising 3L at Syracuse University College of Law (SUCOL) and a graduate of SUNY Geneseo. She serves as the co-founder and president of the Mindfulness in the Law Society chapter at SUCOL.  She is forever grateful for the help of her faculty advisor, Professor Aliza Milner, for introducing her to the Mindfulness in the Law Movement as well as her co-founder, Cynthia Moore. Elaina hopes to help bring contemplative practices to law students around the country and help foster mindful lawyering throughout her legal career.

Lyzzette Bullock's Profile

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Attorney, Associate General Counsel

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Lyzzette Bullock is an Associate General Counsel and litigator for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.  She represents Blue Cross in both federal and state courts as well as administrative hearings concerning a wide variety of legal actions, including ERISA claims, contract disputes, and bankruptcy matters.  She also represents the company in government investigations involving regulatory and law enforcement agencies and provides risk-management advice to the business. 


Prior to joining Blue Cross, Lyzzette was a senior litigation associate with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in Boston and Quarles and Brady LLP in Phoenix.  She has experience representing clients in a variety of complex civil and commercial disputes in courts, mediations, and arbitrations in matters involving product liability, government investigations for health care entities, and commercial contract disputes. In addition, Lyzzette has defended clients in a number of professional negligence actions before administrative agencies and licensing boards.  She has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star for product liability defense for the years 2017 and 2018. 


Lyzzette is committed to professional and community involvement and has held positions as a board member on the boards of several organizations across the country, including in Arizona, California, and New York. In addition, Lyzzette has an active pro bono practice where she routinely represents indigent clients and local non-profit organizations.


Lyzzette served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Donn G. Kessler on the Arizona Court of Appeals, and, earlier in her career, as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.  She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Michigan Law School. 


Lyzzette has been meditating for over 20 years.  She attended the Mindful Lawyering Retreat at the Garrison Institute in New York in 2015 and 2016, and is a member of the East Coast Mindful Lawyers group.  In 2017, Lyzzette’s former law firm, Mintz Levin, partnered with the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society to create a mindfulness training program for the firm’s lawyers and staff.  Since then, Mintz Levin opened dedicated mindfulness rooms in its Boston and D.C. offices for meditation and holds weekly group meditations open to all of its employees.

Demarris Evans's Profile

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Attorney, Public Defender's Office San Francisco, California

San Francisco Public Defender's Office

Demarris Evans teaches mindfulness through the lens of healing and human potential. She has worked as a trial attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office for the last 20+ years, and in this capacity, Demarris has represented clients in the Clean Slate Program, Collaborative Court Programs, including Drug Court and Community Justice Court, Juvenile Delinquency, and the Felony Unit, including handling all aspects of felony case litigation.  In addition to other assignments, she is currently working as the Racial Justice and Equity Attorney for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office as well as the Chairperson of the Racial Justice Committee. 


Demarris was an instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Phoenix for several years. She is also a member of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Task Force where she chairs the Bias and Policing Subcommittee.  She previously served on the San Francisco Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee. She has served on the Attorney Panel of California Bar Examination Graders for over a decade. She is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and is a graduate of the Warrior One Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training Program of 2016. Demarris has been practicing mindfulness since the late 1990’s, and has sat numerous silent, multi-day retreats. Demarris is currently enrolled in the Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Communities Rizing Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training Program for People of Color.  Demarris has led numerous Mindfulness trainings, and currently leads a weekly sitting meditation practice at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

Emily Dowkow's Profile

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Attorney, Mediator, and Founder of Mindfulness Over Matters

Mindfulness Over Matters

Emily Doskow has been practicing family law in the Bay Area since 1989. She specializes in family matters including adoptions, surrogacy agreements, prenuptial agreements, parentage issues, and mediated and collaborative divorce. She is the author or co-author of numerous books published by Nolo, including Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce; Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support, and The Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples, and is a frequent speaker on LGBTI family issues. Emily is a member of Boards of Directors of Women Lawyers of Alameda County, the Center for Understanding in Conflict, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she is Board co-chair and sits on the National Family Law Advisory Council.


Emily has been practicing mindfulness meditation for 20 years, beginning with ten-day silent retreats at the Northern California Vipassana Center in 1998. She has attended numerous retreats, including training in mindfulness facilitation. In 2016 she completed Warrior One’s Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training. She studies with Norman Fischer and Gary Friedman in their Self-Reflection for Conflict Professionals Intensive program and is currently a student in Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program. Emily is a teacher with Warrior One and the founder and lead teacher at Mindfulness Over Matters.


Emily has taught mindfulness to law students at JFK University Law School, to Certified Family Law Specialists in Sacramento and Alameda counties and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and to attorneys at, among others, the Alameda County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Family Violence Law Center, Root and Rebound, the National Lawyers’ Guild, Continuing Education of the Bar, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

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