Chapter 13 Judgment
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Judgment is fundamental to decision making and the craft of the law. Just as judgment may be impaired through circumstances (lethargy) and conditioning (bias), judgment can be honed and developed through experience and observation and can be refined through mindfulness practice. The role of mindfulness on the ability to detect and attenuate unethical impulses is explored through real-world examples and application of the Spiral metaphor introduced earlier. Rhonda Magee’s ColorInsight work is introduced; it explores the role mindfulness and compassion practices can play in raising awareness and minimizing bias, as well as how mindfulness can reduce anxiety while simultaneously increasing empathy and perspective taking. The writings of Judges Chris McAliley and Jeremy Fogel on the importance of mindfulness to the work of judging and procedural fairness are considered ,and the popular R.A.I.N. mindfulness practice is introduced.

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