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The Joy in the Law Conference 2018 saw an amazing turn out of over 100 joy-seeking attorneys across the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond! The conference might be over but our efforts to bring mindfulness and meaning in the law are not! Please stay tuned for future events by bookmarking this page.


A selection of photos from the event…



Joy in the Law Conference 2018


September 28, 2018

Best Western Corte Madera Inn
56 Madera Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925


Event Program:

8:30 - 9:00

9:00 - 9:30
Welcome and Brief Meditation

9:30 - 10:30
Transforming Overwhelm & Reactivity into Joyful, Competent Law Practice (James Baraz, Judi Cohen, and Diana Maier)

10:30 - 10:45

10:45 - 11:45
Shifting from Perfectionism to Excellence & Equanimity in the Ethical Practice of Law
(James Baraz, Judi Cohen, and Diana Maier)

11:45 - 1:00
Lunch and Networking

1:00 - 1:15

1:15 - 2:25
Constructive Tools for Managing Conflict
(Steve Rosenberg)

2:25 - 2:35

2:35 - 3:35
Panel Discussion on Transforming
Suffering into Joy

3:35 - 4:00
Closing: Reflections and
Where Do We Go from Here?




Save the Date!


Join us for a day of dedicated programming on how lawyers can find happiness in the law. Thanks to our generous sponsors, you can take advantage of discounted registration for only $79.00 until August 20, 2018 (unless the conference fills sooner). This early bird fee (regular fee: $95.00) includes a full day of conference, 3 specialty CLE credits (2 in competence and 1 in ethics),  lunch, snacks, coffee, and refreshments. Enjoy joyful camaraderie with like-minded people. Learn, share, re-charge with speakers like:

James Baraz is an author, meditation teacher, and leader of the globally-recognized course Awakening Joy, the inspiration behind the Joy in the Law conference.

Judi Cohen is a lecturer at Berkeley Law and leads Warrior One. She teaches mindfulness, effectiveness, wellbeing, and leadership skills to lawyers.

Steve Rosenberg is a state of California and nationwide leader in mediation and conflict resolution.

Panel Discussion on Transforming Suffering into Joy. The panelists are Neha Sampat, Paul Burglin, Juliet Barraza, and Karrie Myers.

Here's what others have said about our 2016 conference:

"Wonderful concept with amazing panelists."

"One of the best professional conferences I have ever attended."

"Thank you for an amazing conference. I can’t tell you how great the day was."

"A fantastic day. I laughed and cried."

"Life changing!"


Brought to you by Platinum Sponsor Maier Law Group and the Joy in the Law Planning Committee.

Heartfelt thanks to our Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:

O'Grady Law Group
SF-Marin Lawyer Referral and Information Service
Marin County Bar Association
First Republic Bank
DLC Consulting Services, LLC
Marin Pro Bono Network
Cooley LLP
Lawyer Business Advantage

Silver Sponsors:

Cal-Pacific Reporting, Inc
Warrior One
BlackStone Discovery


Believe that you can be happy!

Some lawyers, although admittedly too few,  lead a joyful professional life and find meaning in how they earn an income. Generally, these lawyers take common actions, such as: integrating principles of mindfulness into their legal work (whether they realize it or not); exercising flexibility about whether they practice traditional law or use a law degree only tangentially; and staying conscious of their financial goals v. their desire for other kinds of rewards that might matter more to them. This conference will host panels exploring these and other aspects of happy lawyering.  Its goal is to increase the joy of lawyers who are already happy, and to begin the journey towards career happiness of lawyers that are not.  Diana Maier, owner of Maier Law Group, started this conference in 2016 because she believed that all lawyers can find work that makes them happy most of the time, if not every minute, and a professional life that squares with their values and priorities, whether that’s making millions or having a modest salary but lots more time with their families and friends.

The day will include lectures, panels, break-out groups, lunch, snacks, and tons of practical advice. There will be short periods of guided meditation woven throughout the conference.

To read more about the inspiration and aspirations of this conference, go to:


Planning Commitee:
Amir V. Adibi, Seda Akay-Onur, Katherine Alphonso, Beth Arnese, Marie Barnes, Brittny Bottorff, Quynh Chen, Audrey Courson, Caitie Emmett, Benjamin Holl, Valerie Kushel, Kymberly LeGolvan, Diana Maier, Lauren Monson, Suji Rajagopal, Lisette Sell, Romy Taubman, Carina Uraiqat, and Jenny Wiegley.
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