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The Business of People – Using Mindfulness to Resolve Internal and External Conflicts

November 2, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 12:55 pm
Live GoToWebinar
$50 for ADR Section Members

Live GoToWebinar by Patrick Russell, Esq., Gus Castellanos, M.D., and Gen Kelsang Tashi, a Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Centers. Course number 6561 is approved for 1.0 General CLE credit; 1.0 Mental Illness Awareness Credit. ADR Section members register for only $50. REGISTER

Who should attend? All lawyers who want to reduce stress and improve happiness and job satisfaction while improving their negotiation and dispute-resolution skills. Learn techniques to not only reduce your own stress but also how to improve your skills and outcomes when dealing with others in negotiation and dispute resolution.

Program Description:  Enhancing the quality of your interactions with people is just as important as subject matter expertise when resolving legal disputes. As a lawyer, working on strategies for improving your own internal conflicts, time limitations, and the stress of the legal profession is the first step to improving how you interact with others. Coupling this with strategies for how to better interact with others, be that clients, opposing parties, or other legal counsel, will enhance those interactions and improve your negotiation skills and outcomes. Mindfulness is one critical tool that accomplishes both purposes.

Learn about the basics of mindfulness during a unique and unscripted roundtable discussion between three different practitioners: (1) a lawyer and Florida Supreme Court certified mediator; (2) a retired board-certified neurologist who is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher; and (3) a Buddhist monk. This discussion will identify the indicators and impact of unchecked stress; how to better manage yourself, and how to better deal with others. A simple breathing meditation practice will be demonstrated at the end of the presentation.

Image of a man in a suit (Patrick Russell)Patrick Russell, Esq., is a full-time mediator with Salmon & Dulberg Dispute Resolution and has been certified as a Florida Supreme Court Civil Circuit Mediator since 2009. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, has been a lawyer since 1994, and is the former Chair for the ADR Section of The Florida Bar (2021-2022).

As a mediation philosophy, Patrick’s core values are honor, professionalism, and courtesy. He uses an integrated approach to problem-solving by fostering an environment that promotes meaningful and peaceful discussions between the parties. His mediation goal is to unleash peace to have less conflict and more resolution. He promotes cooperation and coalition-building to enhance resolution opportunities. When parties mindfully listen, speak and act during mediation, they can better understand one another, trust one another, share information, and are in a better position to resolve their differences.


Image of a man standing with arms outstretched (Gus Castellanos)Gus Castellanos, M.D. graduated from the University of Miami Miller School of  Medical School in 1980. He practiced Neurology & Sleep Medicine in northern Palm Beach County, retiring in 2006. Gus began practicing mindfulness after attending an MBSR course in 1998 at Jupiter Medical Center and was instrumental in developing their Mindfulness Center. In 2009, he began teaching and researching mindfulness-based programs.  He has taught hundreds of classes and workshops throughout South Florida, including at the University of Miami, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FIU College of Medicine, FAU School of Social Work, Mindful Kids Miami, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach and Broward, US Army, College of Advanced Judicial Studies, Akerman, LLP, Searcy, Denny, Scarola, Barnhart Law Firm, Conference of County Court Judges of Florida, Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach Fire Rescue, and Sari Center for Integrative Cancer Care.

Gus is trained and certified to teach MBSR by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness and trained with Scott Rogers, JD and Amishi Jha, Ph.D. at the University of Miami. In 2011 he delivered a mindfulness program at a local prison and continues to hold weekly mindfulness sessions there. Gus is an adjunct instructor at Nova Southeastern University, where he teaches and researches mindfulness. He is the mindfulness teacher for GEN2050, a program for under-resourced teens in Miami.  Gus lectures widely, writes a twice-monthly Mindfulness newsletter with 2500 subscribers, and serves on Palm Health Foundation’s Better Brain Health Advisory Board.

Image of a smiling man (Gen Kelsang Tashi)Gen Kelsang Tashi is a Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Centers in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale. He has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for over 15 years, and has taught many classes, events, and retreats throughout Florida. He is appreciated for his clear, light-hearted, and practical instruction on how to develop and maintain a more peaceful and positive state of mind in daily life.