For The Record

“Our professor began with a short meditation” — how often have you read that about the first day of a law school course?

Such was the description that Katherine Schroth, L’16, offered in her editor’s letter to set the tone for the latest issue of Richmond Public Interest Law Review. Through articles with titles like “Love, Anger, and Lawyering” and “Discovering Agreement: The World in Which We Find Ourselves,” the issue explores the benefits of mindfulness and self-awareness for law students and legal professionals.

As Schroth explains in her editor’s note, the idea for the issue came out of her experience in a seminar. When her professor began class with that meditation, she writes, “I experienced something I had never felt before in law school: peace.”

Professor Shari Motro, who taught the seminar that inspired Schroth, acknowledges in the issue’s foreword that “some people believe that these conversations are extraneous to the mission of legal education. … On bad days, I agree.”

Still, she makes a strong case for their value. “Mindfulness invites us into dialogue. … If we are lucky, it can help us turn [law] into more than a job or a career. If we are lucky, law can become a vocation, an ongoing and evolving relationship, perhaps even a healing one.”

Read this and other issues of Richmond Public Interest Law Review at scholarship.richmond.edu/pilr.