Transforming Suffering into Joy

Are you signed up for Joy in the Law Conference 2018? If not, don’t wait. Our early bird registration expires soon. Head on to our conference web page for more details and for instructions on how to reserve tickets.

The day promises a program filled with inspiring, engaging presentations on finding more joy in the legal profession. Wrapping up the day will be an honest, thought-provoking panel discussion on Transforming Suffering into Joy.

You’ll meet the following panelists for an hour of discussion and reflection on how to respond to depression, addiction, and the effects of mental, physical, and emotional suffering. Panelists will present helpful tools that you can use for self-care and self-compassion to promote wellness habits and avoid self-harming behavior.


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Neha Sampat, Esq. is CEO of GenLead|BelongLab, where she focuses on building belonging and true inclusion. Through consulting, training, speaking, and writing, she helps organizations create peak-performance, inclusive teams by addressing hidden barriers to belonging, such as Imposter Syndrome and internalized bias (including via an online course!), unconscious bias, generational diversity, and distrust in teams. Through professional development coaching, she helps her individual clients develop job situations and leadership styles that engage their true and best selves.

She regularly helps her clients strengthen their resilience and prioritize their self-care, wellness, and fulfillment, as she has learned to do in her own life through her daily struggle with a chronic pain condition.

Before founding GenLead|BelongLab, Neha practiced law at both large and boutique law firms and later joining law academia as dean of students and leadership professor. In addition to her work, Neha loves travel and adventure, good times with good friends, and exploring all California has to offer with her husband and two small children. Learn more about Neha’s story here and more about her work at and Find her on TW/IG at @belonglab.


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Paul Burglin the owner of Burglin Law Offices in San Rafael, CA, is a recovering addict who has been clean and sober since 1990.  He is married with five children, co-authors a two-volume treatise entitled California Drunk Driving Law, and specializes in DUI defense work.  He has been lead counsel in more than 120 DUI jury trials in his 32-year career, and he is widely known and respected by prosecutors and judges as a tenacious advocate for his clients.

As such, he is regularly retained to represent individuals facing the consequences of their alcoholism and drug addiction.  He works with his clients to change the direction of their lives by combining sound legal defense work with a proactive approach for sober living.



Juliet Barraza is the parent of two young boys, one of whom has developmental disabilities and epilepsy. Raised with Spanish as her primary language, she started translating at a very young age for members of her family and has continued to use her language skills as an active volunteer in the area of translation and special education.

Juliet has served as a Special Education Advocate in the public school system for over 20 years. She has assisted Spanish–speaking families in understanding and accessing services for their children by providing support and technical assistance as well as attending IEP Meetings over the last 14 years. She also has expertise on culturally appropriate services and supports for Latino families. Barraza has been a consultant for the Regional Centers throughout several counties. She is also an active member of the Council of Parents Advocates and Attorneys and holds an Advanced Training Certificate. She also serves as an assistant trainer for the Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) focusing on race, culture, poverty and language.

Barraza has served on the Board of Directors for Congreso Familiar where she has been a presenter since 2005. At the Castro Valley Unified School District, she participated actively in Ability Awareness Day and is a Past President of the Special Education PTA. Juliet has been an advocate with Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) since 2005 where she started as a volunteer. She enjoys hiking National Parks with her family and going to the movies with her husband.



Karrie Myers Taylor is a director, producer, video editor and videographer, with several years’ experience in advertising and video marketing strategy.  Karrie holds a B.S. in Digital Communications & Media (with a focus on Film/Television Production, Digital Editing and Digital Media Management) from New York University.  Karrie has worked with InDiGent (Independent Digital Entertainment), Nielsen IAG, Adobe Systems, Momentum Worldwide, WhiteHouse Post Production, Global Nomads Group, Frameline Film Festival, Groundspark, and Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, as well as a multitude of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners.

Her compelling and intimate approach to video creates artistic character profiles that also serve as effective marketing tools for business owners.  After overhauling her health and emotional wellbeing through studies in indigenous foods, food, and culinary spices as medicine, herbalism, and plant therapies, Karrie became a Self Care Support Coach, helping others change their life by the simple act of changing their food.


Joy in the Law Conference 2018 will be held on Sept 28, 2018 from 8.30am to 4.00pm at the Best Western Corte Madera Inn, 56 Madera Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925.