Nov 5, 2021

Brendan Hammer Presents Mental Health CLE Program “Clearing The Path: Meditation And Mindfulness For Attorneys” at DCBA

Schiller DuCanto & Fleck is pleased to announce that partner Brendan Hammer recently presented on “Clearing the Path: The Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness for Attorneys” at the DuPage County Bar Association’s (DCBA) “Lawyer Wellness” CLE program on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Brendan shared the history of meditation practices in Eastern and Western cultures various forms, and reviewed what styles or forms of meditation can often work best for beginners. As part of his presentation, Brendan explored the practical benefits of meditation, discussed recent neuroscience findings regarding the impact of meditation on the human brain, and conducted demonstrations of various meditation techniques. Brendan also emphasized the ways in which a regular meditation practice can help to increase focus and energy, as well as reduce stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue, all while improving productivity and mental clarity. Brendan also debunked many of the stereotypes associated with meditation in Western culture.

A strong proponent of the benefits of meditation, Brendan has been practicing Zen, Transcendental Meditation, and other meditative practices as part of his daily regimen for the last 25 years. Brendan applies the insights of meditation to his legal practice, which in turn helps him to differentiate noise from signal, develop emotional and psychological insight into the parties and issues, and focus on the most important aspects of a case. A highly sought after speaker, Brendan frequently presents to colleagues on the benefits of regular meditation and overall mental health. In 2019, Brendan presented the program "Meditate Before You Litigate" at an Illinois State Bar Association conference. In addition to the pragmatic benefits of meditation for one's legal practice, Brendan also stresses the vital importance of practicing meditation as a form of self-care for people in helping professions, such as family law attorneys. Brendan serves on the Advisory Council of the David Lynch Foundation (Chicago), which is a non-profit organization that works to educate and train at-risk populations and underprivileged communities in Chicago regarding meditation.

The DCBA program was approved for .75 PRMCLE – Mental Health & Substance Abuse credit.

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